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 then 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. 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

Murder of Interest

1914-08-15 Taliesian Massacre (Spring Green, Wisconsin): Julian Carlton, a disgruntled employee, kills architect Frank Lloyd Wright's mistress Martha Borthwick, her 2 children, and 4 others with a hatchet and burns the architect's home to the ground while Wright is away on business

  • 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

Historic Event

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)

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 First bicycle traffic court in America established in 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Election of Interest

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

  • 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)

King C. GilletteKing C. Gillette (1855-1932)

1855-01-05 American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

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

Edward L. DohenyEdward L. Doheny (1856-1935)

1856-08-10 American oil tycoon who drilled the 1st successful oil well in Los Angeles and set off the California oil boom, born in Fond du lac, Wisconsin

  • 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)

Thomas J. WalshThomas J. Walsh (1859-1933)

1859-06-12 United States Senator (Montana), born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

  • 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)

Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)

1867-02-07 American author (Little House on the Prairie), born in Pepin, Wisconsin

Frank Lloyd WrightFrank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

1867-06-08 American architect (Guggenheim) recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time", born in Richland Center, Wisconsin

  • 1869-09-14 Kid Nichols, American Baseball HOF pitcher (3 × NL wins leader; All-Time Saves Leader 1899–1906; Boston Beaneaters, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies) and manager (St. Louis Cardinals 1904–05), 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 baseball shortstop (AL fielding leader 1912-15 Washington Senators) and manager (Washington Senators 1921), 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 theater (Rose-Marie) and film score composer (The Wizard of Oz; Mutiny on the Bounty; A Night at the Opera), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1949)
  • 1886-03-07 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 1974)

Georgia O’KeeffeGeorgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

1887-11-15 American sculptor and painter (Cow's Skull, Flowers), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

  • 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 HOF pitcher (World Series 1931 St. Louis Cardinals; NL wins leader 1921, 28; NL strikeout leader 1921 Brooklyn Robins, Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Emerald, Wisconsin (d. 1985)

Thornton WilderThornton Wilder (1897-1975)

1897-04-17 American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), born in Madison, Wisconsin

  • 1897-08-16 Robert Ringling, circus master, born in Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin (d. 1950)

Fredric MarchFredric March (1897-1975)

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

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

Curly LambeauCurly Lambeau (1898-1965)

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

Noel WienNoel Wien (1899-1977)

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

  • 1899-07-08 David E. Lilienthal, American attorney and government administrator (Tennessee Valley Authority, 1933-46; Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-50), born in Morton, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • 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 HOF outfielder (career BA .334; 3 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1929, 30; AL batting champion 1930, 31; Philadelphia A's), 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)

Ed GeinEd Gein (1906-1984)

1906-08-27 American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin

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

John BardeenJohn Bardeen (1908-1991)

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

  • 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, American politician and Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-66), born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin (d. 1987)

Joseph McCarthyJoseph McCarthy (1909-1957)

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

  • 1910-04-02 Arnie Herber, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL C'ship 1930, 31, 36, 39; First-team All-Pro 1932, 35, 36; 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 (d. 1969)
  • 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 (d. 1992)
  • 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 (Cincinnati Symphony, 1947-58; Nashville Symphony, 1967-75), 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 (d. 1987)
  • 1914-02-09 Ralph Herman, American Emmy Award-winning composer (From the Scriptures; Circus Time), orchestra leader, and music director (ABC-TV, 1952-71), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1994)
  • 1914-02-18 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), born in Abrams, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • 1914-10-28 Glenn Robert Davis, American politician, born in Vernon, Wisconsin (d. 1988)

Orson WellesOrson Welles (1915-1985)

1915-05-06 American actor and director (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), born in Kenosha, Wisconsin

  • 1915-06-09 Les Paul [Polsfuss], American guitarist (How High The Moon), 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 radio and television actor (Dragnet), and screenwriter (Gunsmoke), 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

Mae West

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

Curly Lambeau

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

  • 1984-12-03 Oldest groom - Harry Stevens, 103, weds Thelma Lucas, 83, in Wisconsin

Bonnie Blair

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

  • 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

Joseph McCarthyJoseph McCarthy (1909-1957)

1957-05-02 American Senator (Rep - Wisconsin) who claimed communists infiltrated the US government, dies of acute hepatitis, exacerbated by chronic alcohol abuse at 48

  • 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