Wisconsin in History

Historical Events

  • 1809-02-03 Territory of Illinois organizes (including present-day Wisconsin)
  • 1814-07-18 British capture Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin)
  • 1832-08-02 Battle of Bad Axe, Wisconsin: 1,300 Illinois militia defeat Sauk & Fox Native Americans ending the Black Hawk War in the US
  • 1836-04-14 US Congress forms Territory of Wisconsin
  • 1836-04-20 Territory of Wisconsin created
  • 1836-07-04 Wisconsin Territory forms
  • 1838-07-04 Iowa Territory is organised from Wisconsin Territory, lasting until 1846
  • 1846-01-31 After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1848-05-29 Wisconsin becomes 30th US state
  • 1849-02-04 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students
  • 1854-02-04 Alvan Bovay proposes name "Republican Party" in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • 1854-02-28 Republican Party formally organized in Ripon, Wisconsin
  • 1855-02-03 Wisconsin Supreme Coutt declares US Fugitive Slave Law unconstitutional
  • 1866-07-25 25th US Postmaster General: Alexander W Randall of Wisconsin takes office
  • 1871-10-08 Forest fire destroys Peshtigo, Wisconsin, killing between 1,200 and 2,500 people, making it the deadliest wildfire in recorded history
  • 1880-03-23 Flour rolling mill patented (John Stevens of Wisconsin)

  • 1883-01-10 Fire at uninsured Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin kills 71. General Tom Thumb of P. T. Barnum fame, escapes unhurt
  • 1883-02-10 Fire at un-insured New Hall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, kills 71
  • 1886-05-05 The Bay View Tragedy occurs, as militia fires upon a crowd of protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killing seven.
  • 1886-07-06 Horlick's of Wisconsin offers 1st malted milk to public
  • 1890-01-03 1st US college-level dairy school opens at University of Wisconsin
  • 1903-05-23 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin
  • 1903-09-11 The first race at The Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world.
  • 1908-12-29 Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin
  • 1911-06-16 A 772 gram stony meteorite strikes the earth near Kilbourn, Columbia County, Wisconsin damaging a barn
  • 1912-11-05 Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage

MurderMurder of Interest

1914-08-15 A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

  • 1917-11-24 Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.
  • 1922-01-24 -54°F (-48°C), Danbury, Wisconsin (state record)
  • 1922-10-01 Former Chicago Staleys play first NFL game as Chicago Bears; beat Racine Legion, 6-0 at Horlick Field, Racine, Wisconsin

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

  • 1927-11-22 1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner, Wisconsin)
  • 1932-01-28 1st US state unemployment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1933-10-01 New York Giants make no 1st downs, but still beat the Green Bay Packers, 10-7 in a week 3 NFL matchup at Borchert Field, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

American Football Player Mel Hein
American Football Player
Mel Hein

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1934-04-22 US Division of Investigation (later the FBI) under Melvin Purvis botch an operation to capture the John Dillinger Gang at Little Bohemia Lodge, Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin. with 2 dead and 4 injured

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger
  • 1935-02-02 Leonarde Keeler first uses his polygraph machine on criminals later convicted of assault on its findings in Portage, Wisconsin

  • 1936-06-18 1st bicycle traffic court in America established, Racine, Wisconsin
  • 1936-07-13 114°F (46°C), Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin (state record)
  • 1936-08-17 An unemployed worker, Neils B. Ruud, in Madison, Wisconsin, receives the first unemployment benefit check paid under a State law, for $15
  • 1939-01-19 Ernest Hausen of Wisconsin sets chicken-plucking record of 4.4 sec
  • 1939-12-10 National Football League Championship, Dairy Bowl, West Allis, Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers beat New York Giants, 27-0; Packers 5th title
  • 1941-03-29 3rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Wisconsin beats Washington State, 39-34; Badgers' forward John Kotz is named tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • 1946-06-24 11.72" (29.77 cm) of rainfall at Mellen, Wisconsin (state 24-hr record)
  • 1954-11-30 20th Heisman Trophy Award: Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (FB)
  • 1964-01-22 World's largest cheese (15,723 kg) manufactured in Wisconsin for New York's World Fair
  • 1966-01-27 Wisconsin State Circuit Court Judge Elmer W Roller rules either the Braves stay in Milwaukee or NL must promise Wisconsin an expansion team for 1966

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1968-04-02 Senator Eugene McCarthy wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin

Politician and Presidential Candidate Eugene McCarthy
Politician and Presidential Candidate
Eugene McCarthy
  • 1970-08-24 Bomb kills 1 at U of Wisconsin's Army Math Research Center in Madison
  • 1981-08-13 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 200 m butterfly record (2:05.96) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin
  • 1981-08-16 American swimmer Mary T. Meagher breaks her own world women's 100 m butterfly record (57.93) in Brown Deer, Wisconsin; holds 100/200m double WR
  • 1985-09-06 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.
  • 1987-06-20 Chuti Tiu, 17, of Wisconsin, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1991-06-02 Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1994-11-28 Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium in Portage, Wisconsin

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1999-01-02 A brutal snowstorm smashes into the Midwestern United States, causing 14 inches (359 mm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and 19 inches (487 mm) in Chicago, where temperatures plunge to -13°F (-25°C); 68 deaths are reported.
  • 1999-12-13 65th Heisman Trophy Award: Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (RB)
  • 2005-03-13 Terry Ratzmann shoots and kills six members of the Living Church of God and the minister at Sheraton Inn in Brookfield, Wisconsin before killing himself.
  • 2006-08-03 Brazilian Champ Car driver Cristiano da Matta crashes into a deer during testing at Road America, Wisconsin; seriously injured but returns to racing in 2008
  • 2012-06-05 American gubernatorial recall election is held in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker wins and becomes the first governor to survive a recall election.
  • 2012-08-05 Gunman opens fire on Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin killing six people and committing suicide
  • 2015-04-06 77th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Duke beats Wisconsin, 68-63; Blue Devils' point guard Tyus Jones, 23 points
  • 2015-09-21 Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, pulls out of the Republican US Presidential race
  • 2015-10-29 Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) is elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives, succeeding John Boehner (R-Ohio)
  • 2015-11-10 Fourth Republican presidential candidates debate, sponsored by "The Wall Street Journal", held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 2016-02-11 Sixth Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast on CNN and PBS, and held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

2016-04-06 US primary elections: Wisconsin won by Democrat Bernie Sanders and Republican Ted Cruz

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
  • 2017-06-18 US Open Men's Golf, Erin Hills GC: Brooks Koepka wins his first major title by 4 strokes from Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama
  • 2018-12-05 Wisconsin Republican senate passes bills restricting power of new Democratic governor Tony Evers
  • 2019-01-10 13 year-old Jayme Closs escapes her kidnapper after 3 months in captivity in Wisconsin
  • 2019-01-29 Approaching polar vortex prompts state of emergency to be declared in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi
  • 2019-03-18 “Historic to catastrophic flooding" faced by Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota according to US National Weather Service
  • 2019-11-11 Arctic blast brings record low temperatures for November to the US Midwest including Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1820-07-22 Louis Powell Harvey, American politician, Governor of Wisconsin, born in East Haddam, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • 1824-02-23 Lewis Cass Hunt, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Brown County Wisconsin (d. 1886)
  • 1828-08-11 Edward Saloman, American politician, Governor of Wisconsin (1862-64), born in Ströbeck, Prussian Saxony (d. 1909)
  • 1842-11-04 William Barker Cushing, American naval officer (best known for sinking the CSS Albemarle during a daring nighttime raid on 27 October 1864), born in Delafield, Wisconsin (d. 1874)
  • 1849-11-08 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1933)
  • 1850-11-05 Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (Poems of Passion), born in Johnstown, Wisconsin (d. 1919)
  • 1851-05-18 James Budd, American politician, Governor of California (1895-99), born in Janesville, Wisconsin (d. 1908)

Person of interestKing C. Gillette

1855-01-05 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1932)

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • 1855-06-14 Robert M. La Follette, American lawyer and presidential candidate (Progressive), born in Primrose, Wisconsin (d. 1925)

Person of interestEdward L. Doheny

1856-08-10 Edward L. Doheny, American oil tycoon, born in Fond du lac, Wisconsin

Oil Tycoon Edward L. Doheny
Oil Tycoon
Edward L. Doheny
  • 1857-04-14 Edgar Stillman Kelley, American composer (Gulliver), born in Sparta, Wisconsin (d. 1944)
  • 1857-07-30 Thorstein Veblen, American economist (Theory of the Leisure Class-1899), born in Cato, Wisconsin (d. 1929)
  • 1859-01-09 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters), born in Ripon, Wisconsin (d. 1947)

Person of interestThomas J. Walsh

1859-06-12 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin (d. 1933)

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • 1860-09-14 Hamlin Garland, American writer (Middle Border), born in West Salem, Wisconsin (d. 1940)
  • 1865-01-10 Mary Ingalls, sister of American author Laura Ingalls Wilder, born in Pepin County, Wisconsin (d. 1928)
  • 1867-02-07 Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (Little House on Prairie), born in Pepin, Wisconsin (d. 1957)

Person of interestFrank Lloyd Wright

1867-06-08 Frank Lloyd Wright, American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", born in Richland Center, Wisconsin (d. 1959)

  • 1869-09-14 Kid Nichols, American baseball player, born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1953)
  • 1872-04-18 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, born in Mauston, Wisconsin (d. 1960)
  • 1880-06-21 Arnold Gesell, American psychologist and pediatrician, born in Alma, Wisconsin (d. 1961)
  • 1880-09-14 Archie Hahn, American sprinter, born in Dodgeville, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • 1880-11-20 George McBride, American MLB shortstop and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1973)
  • 1881-10-12 William Nigh, American director (Ape, Doomed to Die, Mr Wong), born in Berlin, Wisconsin (d. 1955)
  • 1883-04-09 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), born in Cashton, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1884-01-26 Walter "Doc" Meanwell, English Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Wisconsin 1911–1917, 1920–1934), born in Leeds, England (d. 1953)
  • 1884-05-26 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), born in Athens, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1885-09-11 Herbert Stothart, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1949)
  • 1886-03-07 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 1974)

Person of interestGeorgia O’Keeffe

1887-11-15 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (d. 1986)

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 1888-12-20 Fred Merkle, American baseball figure, born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 1958)
  • 1889-08-01 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1957)
  • 1890-05-02 E. E. Smith, American food engineer and sci-fi author (Triplanetary), born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (d. 1965)
  • 1890-08-22 Floyd Henri Allport, American psychologist and sociologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1979)
  • 1890-12-22 Mark Tobey, American abstract painter (Broadway Norm), born in Centerville, Wisconsin (d. 1976)
  • 1891-06-30 Ed "Strangler" Lewis, American professional wrestler, born in Nekoosa, Wisconsin (d. 1966)
  • 1891-07-02 Gus Dorais, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Notre Dame), coach (Gonzaga, Detroit Lions), born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1954)
  • 1892-02-06 William Parry Murphy, American physician & Nobel laureate, born in Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1892-12-19 Gerald Nye, American politician and Republican US Senator from North Dakota (1925-1945), born in Hortonville, Wisconsin (d. 1971)
  • 1892-12-30 John Litel, American actor (Jezebel, Virginia City, My Hero), born in Albany, Wisconsin (d. 1972)
  • 1893-08-12 Alfred Lunt, American Broadway actor (The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1977)
  • 1893-08-18 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, born in Emerald, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1897-04-17 Thornton Wilder, American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Ray), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1975)
  • 1897-08-16 Robert Ringling, circus master, born in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin (d. 1950)

Person of interestFredric March

1897-08-31 Fredric March, American actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

  • 1897-10-11 Nathan Farragut Twining, U.S. Air Force general, born in Monroe, Wisconsin (d. 1982)

Person of interestCurly Lambeau

1898-04-09 Curly Lambeau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1965)

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau

Person of interestNoel Wien

1899-06-08 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), born in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin (d. 1977)

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • 1899-07-08 David Eli Lilienthal, US government organizer (Wisconsin)
  • 1899-11-11 Pat O'Brien, American actor (Knute Rockne, Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1900-01-20 Doris Deane, American actress, born in Wisconsin (d. 1974)
  • 1900-06-15 Otto Luening, German American conductor, composer and electronic music pioneer (Sonority Canon), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1996)
  • 1901-04-11 Glenway Wescott, American writer (Apartment in Athens), born in Kewaskum, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1901-05-01 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1901-05-27 Conrad Elvehjem, American biochemist and nutrition scientist (discovered niacin), born in McFarland, Wisconsin (d. 1962)
  • 1902-02-14 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, American actor (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1976)
  • 1902-05-22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1956)
  • 1902-10-31 Eduard Franz, American actor (Zorro), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1903-08-14 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), born in Baraboo, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1903-11-27 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), born in New Richmond, Wisconsin (d. 1985)
  • 1904-01-05 Jeane Dixon, American astrologer "A Gift of Prophecy", born in Medford, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1904-01-20 Theodore Brameld, American philosopher & educator (Use of Explosive Ideas), born in Neillsville, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1904-02-16 George F Kennan, US ambassador (to Moscow), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1904-08-03 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Empire, Way Station), born in Millville, Wisconsin (d. 1988)
  • 1905-09-25 Red Smith, American sportscaster and columnist (Pulitzer 1976, Fight Talk), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1982)

Person of interestEd Gein

1906-08-27 Ed Gein, American serial killer (inspired Psycho & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin (d. 1984)

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • 1908-03-13 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2002)

Person of interestJohn Bardeen

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
  • 1908-05-31 Dominic "Don" Ameche, American actor (Cocoon, Trading Places), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1908-12-20 Dennis Morgan, American actor (Kitty Foyle), born in Prentice, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1909-01-14 Joseph Losey, Wisconsin, American theatre & film director (Damned, Accident), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 1984)
  • 1909-02-24 August Derleth, American writer (Judge Peck Mysteries) and editor, born in Sauk City, Wisconsin (d. 1971)
  • 1909-04-01 Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1977)
  • 1909-10-25 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (1961-67)

Person of interestJoseph McCarthy

1909-11-14 Joseph McCarthy, American Senator (Rep - Wisconsin) who claimed communists infiltrated the US government, born in Grand Chute, Wisconsin (d. 1957)

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1910-04-02 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), born in Green Bay, Wisconsin (d. 1969)
  • 1910-12-24 Mitchell Ayres, American orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1911-06-03 Ellen Corby [Hansen], American actress (The Waltons, Vertigo, Caged), born in Racine, Wisconsin (d. 1999)
  • 1911-06-07 Brooks Stevens, American automotive designer (1949 Hydra-Glide Harley; 1963 Jeep Wagoneer), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • 1911-07-31 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), born in Menasha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1911-10-02 Jack Finney, American sci-fi and thriller author (The Body Snatchers, Time and Again), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1995)
  • 1911-11-01 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron (device to accelerate electron beams), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1912-05-24 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], American playwright, actor, and director (Matchmaker, Tomorrow), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1993)
  • 1912-06-05 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1912-06-29 John Toland, American political writer (Rising Sun, Pulitzer 1971), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin (d. 2004)
  • 1913-04-18 Kent Kennan, American composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2003)
  • 1913-04-20 Dick Wessel, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Cueball, Beware of Blondie), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1965)
  • 1913-05-16 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herds), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1987)
  • 1913-06-10 Thor Johnson, American conductor (Cin Symph 1958), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 1975)
  • 1913-06-10 Wilbur J. Cohen, American pioneer of social security, worked on the New Deal, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1914-02-09 Ralph Herman, orchestra leader (Circus Time), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1914-02-18 Pee Wee King, country vocalist (Pee Wee King Song), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1914-10-28 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, born in Vernon, Wisconsin (d. 1988)

Person of interestOrson Welles

1915-05-06 Orson Welles [George], American actor (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1985)

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles
  • 1915-06-09 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist, songwriter and inventor (solid-body electric guitar), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • 1915-08-06 Jim Ameche [James Amici], American voice actor (Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1915-09-02 Meinhardt Raabe, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), born in Watertown, Wisconsin (d. 2010)
  • 1916-01-31 Frank Parker, American tennis player (4-time Grand Slam winner), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1916-04-26 Vic Perrin, American actor (Mission: Impossible), born in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin (d. 1989)
  • 1917-10-04 Marv Harshman, American basketball hall of fame coach (Pacific Lutheran, Wash State, Washington), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (d. 2013)

Famous Weddings

  • 1884-05-01 "Poems of Passion" author Ella Wheeler Wilcox (33) weds Robert M. Wilcox in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

LoveWedding of Interest

1911-04-11 Actress Mae West (17) weds fellow vaudevillian Frank Wallace (21) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West

LoveWedding of Interest

1919-08-16 NFL player Curly Lambeau (21) weds high school sweetheart Marguerite Van Kessel in Green Bay, Wisconsin

NFL Head Coach Curly Lambeau
NFL Head Coach
Curly Lambeau
  • 1984-12-03 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisconsin

LoveWedding of Interest

1996-06-23 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
Speed Skater
Bonnie Blair
  • 1996-07-14 "Green Bay Packer" quarterback Brett Favre (26) weds Deanna Tynes (27) at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • 2006-07-01 "Hi-5" actress and singer Jennifer Peterson-Hind (26) weds recording artist Tom Korbee in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2012-12-17 Minnesota Vikings football quarterback Christian Ponder (25) weds ESPN reporter Samantha Steele (27) in Hudson, Wisconsin

Famous Deaths

  • 1862-04-19 Louis Powell Harvey, US governor of Wisconsin, drowns
  • 1889-07-21 Nelson Dewey, American politician, 1st Governor of Wisconsin (b. 1813)
  • 1947-06-24 Emil Seidel, German-American politician (36th Mayor of Milwaukee), dies at 82
  • 1953-12-02 Walter "Doc" Meanwell, English Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Wisconsin 1911–1917, 1920–1934), dies at 69

Person of interestJoseph McCarthy

1957-05-02 Joseph McCarthy, American Senator (Rep - Wisconsin) who claimed communists infiltrated the US government, dies at 48

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • 1988-08-08 Alan Ameche, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1954, U of Wisconsin; Pro Bowl 1955–1958, NFL C'ship 1958, 59; Baltimore Colts), dies of a heart attack at 55
  • 2005-12-15 William Proxmire, American politician (Sen-D-WI, 1957-88), dies at 90