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

  • 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, WI (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 player, born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1953)

Person of interestThornton Wilder

1897-04-17 Thornton Wilder, American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), born in Madison, Wisconsin (d. 1975)

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder

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
  • 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, 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), 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, NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980, Pitts, NJ), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1958-06-14 Eric Heiden, American speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 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
  • 1960-12-28 Zane Smith, American baseball pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates), 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
  • 1966-11-23 Jerry Kelly, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), 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
  • 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 2015-16, 16-17), 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