Madison, WI in History

Historical Events

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

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

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

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)

Thornton WilderThornton Wilder (1897-1975)

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

  • 1900-10-20 Wayne Morse, American politician (Senator-(R&D)-Oregon 1945-69), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1974)

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

  • 1911-11-01 Donald William Kerst, American Physicist who developed the betatron (device to accelerate electron beams), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1992)
  • 1926-02-17 Lee Hoiby, American concert pianist and composer (1957 Arts & Letters; Summer and Smoke), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2011)
  • 1930-06-19 Gena Rowlands, American actress (The Notebook), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1935-08-03 Richard Lamm, American politician (38th Governor of Colorado), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1940-11-02 Jim Bakken, American NFL punter and place kicker (Pro Bowl 1965, 67, 75-76; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1943-03-10 Alfred Whitford 'Fred' Lerdahl, American composer (Arches), pedagogue, and music theorist, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1944-12-27 Tracy Nelson, American blues rock singer (Mother Earth), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1945-02-12 Joe Schermie, American bass player (Three Dog Night - "Joy to the World"), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2002)
  • 1945-07-03 Michael Cole, American actor (Pete-Mod Squad), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1946-02-21 Tyne Daly, American actress (Cagney & Lacey, Angel Unchained), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1952-12-21 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1954-11-13 Chris Noth, American actor (Law and Order, The Good Wife), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1955-01-24 James Montgomery, American swimmer (1976 Olympics 3 golds), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1956-07-06 John Jorgenson, American singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1956-12-31 Steve Rude, American comics artist, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957-02-26 Connie Carpenter-Phinney, 79k cyclist (Olympic gold 1984), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1957-09-22 Mark Johnson, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980, Pitts, NJ), born in Madison, Wisconsin

Eric HeidenEric Heiden (64 years old)

1958-06-14 American speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin

  • 1958-07-13 Dan Schachte, American ice hockey linesman (Canada Cup 1991; World Cup of Hockey 1996; Winter Olympics 2002; Stanley Cup Finals 1997, 98, 2000, 01, 02), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 2022)
  • 1959-09-27 Beth Heiden, American 3000m speed skater (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1959-10-10 Bradley Whitford, American actor and political activist (The West Wing), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1960-10-17 Rob Marshall, American choreographer, stage and film director (Chicago; Mary Poppins Returns), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1960-12-28 Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961-02-11 Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics 1980, 84, 88, 92), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962-02-11 Tammy Baldwin, American politician (Senator-D-Wisconsin 2013-), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1962-12-27 Sherri Steinhauer, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1992, British Open 2006), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1963-02-22 Dave Besteman, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1963-09-06 Alice Sebold, American novelist (The Almost Moon), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1964-02-15 Chris Farley, American actor (SNL, Wayne's World, Coneheads), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1997)
  • 1964-06-24 Gary Suter, NHL defenseman (Chicago Blackhawks, USA), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1964-11-06 Greg Graffin, American singer (Bad Religion), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1965-02-03 Dorcas Wonsavage, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1966-07-28 Liz Cheney, American politician (Rep-R-WY 2017-), daughter of Dick Cheney, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1966-11-23 Jerry Kelly, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1969-04-01 Kevin Dean, American ice hockey defenseman (Stanley Cup NJ Devils, NHL All Star 1995), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1970-04-12 Nick Hexum, American singer and songwriter (311), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1970-09-11 Berry Richter, American hockey defenseman (Olympics 1994), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1972-08-03 Jeff Nygaard, American volleyball middle blocker (Olympics 1996), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1973-01-19 Aaron Yonda, YouTube celebrity, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1973-12-09 Stacey Abrams, American politician, lawyer and voting rights activist, 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, American actor (Nick-Ellen Burstyn Show), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1980-09-04 Pat Neshek, American baseball player, born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1987-10-02 Phil Kessel, American NHL right wing (Stanley Cup 2016, 17 Pittsburgh Penguins), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1988-09-24 Lisa Wang, American gymnast, 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