Madison, WI in History

Historical Events

  • 1922-01-13 WHA-AM in Madison WI begins radio transmissions

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1925-11-09 Robert A. Millikan confirms the existence of cosmic rays from outer space in a speech to the National Academy of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin

  • 1954-05-03 WHA TV channel 21 in Madison, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-06-24 WISC TV channel 3 in Madison, WI (CBS) begins broadcasting

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1908-05-23 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1991)

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen
  • 1911-11-01 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron (device to accelerate electron beams), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1926-02-17 Lee Hoiby, composer (1957 Arts & Letters), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1930-06-19 Gena Rowlands, American actress, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1944-12-27 Tracy Nelson, American singer, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1945-02-12 Joe Schermie, bassist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1945-07-03 Michael Cole, actor (Pete-Mod Squad), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1946-02-21 Tyne Daly, actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1956-07-06 John Jorgenson, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1956-11-13 Christopher Noth, US actor (Law and Order, The Good Wife), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957-02-26 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Oly-gold-1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957-09-22 Mark Johnson, NHL forward (Olympic-gold-1980, Pitts, NJ), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1958-06-14 Eric Heiden, US speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1959-09-27 Beth Heiden, 3000m speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1960-12-28 Zane Smith, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962-12-27 Sherri Steinhauer, LPGA golfer (1992 du Maurier Ltd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1963-02-22 Dave Besteman, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1964-06-24 Gary Suter, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1965-02-03 Dorcas Wonsavage, cross country skier (Olympics-1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1966-11-23 Jerry Kelly, PGA golfer (1993 Nike Cleveland Open-2nd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1970-09-11 Berry Richter, US hockey defenseman (Olympics-1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1972-08-03 Jeff Nygaard, volleyball middle blocker (Olympics-96), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1976-05-06 Lindsay Page, figure skater (1997 E Great Lakes Sr-3rd), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1980-04-16 Jesse Tendler, actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show), born in Madison, Wisconsin

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-07-01 "Hi-5" actress and singer Jennifer Peterson-Hind (26) weds recording artist Tom Korbee in Madison, Wisconsin