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1862 – (Civil War) Assault on Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

Union forces, including the 1st Wisconsin Light Artillery, assaulted the Cumberland Gap in Tennessee. This strategic pass through the Appalachian Mountains from Virginia into Kentucky and Tennessee was a natural…

1832 – Black Hawk War Ends

On this date the defeat of and his followers at the , ended the . Black Hawk led the American troops northward while the rest of the Indians constructed rafts…

1961 – Lone Ranger Appears at Rock County Fair

On this date, with a cloud of dust and a mighty "Hi-ho, Silver," the Lone Ranger and his horse, Silver, appeared at the Rock County 4-H Fair. Played by actor…

1972 – George Carlin Arrested at Summerfest

On this date comedian George Carlin was arrested at Summerfest in Milwaukee after performing his “Seven Words You Can’t Say on TV” skit. At this same festival, Plasmatics vocalist Wendy…

1921 – General Billy Mitchell Proves Theory of Air Power

On this date Milwaukee’s General William “Billy” Mitchell proved to the world that development of military air power was not outlandish. He flew his De Havilland DH-4B fighter, leading a…

1861 – (Civil War) First Battle of Bull Run, Virginia

Bull Run was the first major engagement of the war. This embarrassing Union defeat convinced many observers that the conflict would be longer and more brutal than they had anticipated.…

1832 – Battle of Wisconsin Heights

On July 21, 1832, soldiers led by caught up with near the Wisconsin River, outside present-day Sauk City. Black Hawk commanded only a small group of warriors from atop a…

1935 – Social Security Act Signed Into Law

On this date the was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt. The act, originally proposed to Congress under the name “Economic Security Bill” was drafted by the Committee on…

1864 – (Civil War) Expedition begins in Georgia

The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry was among the Union forces beginning an expedition to Jasper, Georgia.…

1934 – Seven injured in riot at Horlick plant

On this day three policemen and five office employees of the were injured when a crowd of strike sympathizers stormed a motorcade of employees entering the plant’s main gate. Emerging…

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