Milwaukee in History

Historical Events

  • 1846-01-31 After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, 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.
  • 1900-01-29 American League organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis
  • 1900-03-08 NL decides to go with 8 teams They exclude Baltimore, Cleveland, Louisville & Washington (in 1953 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee)
  • 1901-12-03 Milwaukee is dropped from the AL & replaced by St Louis Browns
  • 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.
  • 1910-11-08 For the first time since 1894, the US elects a Democratic Congress, including the first socialist ever to sit in Congress, Victor L Berger of Milwaukee
  • 1912-10-14 Bull Moose Teddy Roosevelt shot while campaigning in Milwaukee
  • 1917-11-24 Nine police officers and one civilian are killed when a bomb explodes at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin police headquarters building.
  • 1933-08-13 16th PGA Championship: Gene Sarazen at Blue Mound CC Milwaukee
  • 1952-09-15 Braves last game in Boston's Braves Field before move to Milwaukee
  • 1953-03-03 Boston Braves, who own Milwaukee minor league franchise, block St Louis Browns attempt to shift their franchise to Milwaukee
  • 1953-03-18 Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
  • 1953-03-18 NL approves Boston Braves move to Milwaukee (1st shift since 1903)
  • 1953-04-13 1st game of Milwaukee Braves, they beat Cincinnati Reds 2-0
  • 1953-09-12 Brooklyn Dodgers clinch NL pennant earlier than any other team, defeating Milwaukee Braves 105-49

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1954-04-13 Milwaukee Braves' Hank Aaron's 1st game

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1954-06-12 Milwaukee Braves Jim Wilson no-hits Phillies, 2-0
  • 1954-10-27 WISN TV channel 12 in Milwaukee, WI (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-12-02 Frank Selvy of Milwaukee sets then NBA record of 24 of 26 free throws
  • 1956-05-21 WITI TV channel 6 in Milwaukee, WI (CBS/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-01-26 Joseph F Cairnes succeeds Lou Perini as President of Milwaukee Braves
  • 1957-09-02 Milwaukee Braves' Frank Torre scores 6 runs in 1 game
  • 1957-09-23 Milwaukee Braves clinch NL pennant by beating Cards 4-2
  • 1957-10-10 Milwaukee Braves beat NY Yankees, 4 games to 3 in 54th World Series
  • 1957-10-28 WMVS TV channel 10 in Milwaukee, WI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-07-01 WVTV TV channel 18 in Milwaukee, WI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1959-08-02 Milwaukee Brave Bill Bruton hits 2 bases loaded triples
  • 1959-09-26 Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty
  • 1960-05-20 Baseball game in Milwaukee postponed due to dense fog
  • 1961-06-08 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)
  • 1962-07-15 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Golf Open
  • 1962-07-26 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher
  • 1963-04-07 Public stock offering of 115,000 shares in Milwaukee Braves withdrawn after only 13,000 shares are sold to 1,600 new investors
  • 1963-08-04 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • 1964-08-02 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • 1964-10-21 Braves ask NL to allow them to leave Milwaukee for Atlanta
  • 1964-11-07 NL keeps Braves in Milwaukee in 1965, may move to Atlanta in 1966
  • 1965-02-03 Braves offer Milwaukee $500,000 to terminate their lease a year earlier, the proposal is turned down
  • 1965-02-11 Braves propose to pay 5 cents from each ticket to bring a new team to Milwaukee
  • 1965-07-30 Milwaukee manager Bobby Bragan says his pitchers threw 75 to 80 spitballs in a 9-2 loss to the Giants
  • 1965-08-08 Marlene Hagge wins LPGA Milwaukee Golf Open
  • 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
  • 1966-04-24 Atlanta Braves win NL-record 18 straight home games (17 in Milwaukee)
  • 1966-06-19 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • 1967-06-18 Susie Maxwell wins LPGA Milwaukee Jaycee Golf Open
  • 1967-07-30 Race riot in Milwaukee (4 killed)
  • 1967-10-30 Arthur Allyn says White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968
  • 1968-01-22 NBA announces it will expand to Milwaukee & Phoenix

  • 1968-05-15 1st AL game played in Milwaukee, is a 4-2 California win against Chicago
  • 1970-03-31 Federal bankruptcy court allows Seattle Pilots to be sold to Milwaukee
  • 1971-04-30 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beat Balt Bullets in 4 games
  • 1974-05-12 28th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics beat Milwaukee, 4 games to 3
  • 1975-04-11 Hank Aaron returns as a Milwaukee player (Brewer)
  • 1975-06-12 Hank Aaron's 1st HR in Milwaukee since 1965
  • 1975-07-15 46th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-3 at County Stadium, Milwaukee
  • 1976-01-24 Cleveland Cavaliers biggest margin victory-43 pts (beat Milwaukee 132-89)
  • 1977-02-13 27th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 125-124 at Milwaukee
  • 1978-06-20 1st 6 teams of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL) granted-Iowa, NJ, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minnesota & Dayton
  • 1978-12-09 1st game of Women's Pro Basketball League (WBL), Chicago Hustle vs Milwaukee Does
  • 1980-04-12 Milwaukee beats Boston Red Sox, 18-1 (Cooper & Money hit grand slams)
  • 1981-01-18 Punk singer Wendy O. Williams arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity (later cleared)
  • 1982-03-06 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • 1982-10-03 Milwaukee whips Baltimore 10-2 to win AL East championship
  • 1982-10-12 Milwaukee Brewer Paul Molitor gets World series record 5 hits
  • 1982-11-03 Pete Vuckovich becomes Milwaukee's 2nd consecutive AL Cy Young
  • 1983-07-24 Sonya Robinson, (Milwaukee), 23, crowned 16th Miss Black America
  • 1984-08-08 Milwaukee 10-game losing streak ends
  • 1985-09-06 Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105, a Douglas DC-9 crashes just after takeoff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killing 31.
  • 1987-01-08 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) begins NBA free throw streak of 51 games

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987-08-30 Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 HRs in Minn 10-6 win over Milwaukee

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1987-11-22 Jack Sikma (Milwaukee) ends his NBA free throw streak of 51 games
  • 1988-10-01 Bradley Center in Milwaukee opens
  • 1989-01-11 Denver Nuggets' rookie Jerome Lane misses 7 free throws in a game against Milwaukee, one missed by 2 feet

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1993-06-27 Don Henley booed in Milwaukee when he dedicates the song "It's Not Easy Being Green" to President Clinton

42nd US President Bill Clinton
42nd US President
Bill Clinton
  • 1997-07-21 NY Yank Mike Whiton held in Milwaukee on charges of sexual assault
  • 1997-08-31 Scott Hoch wins Greater Milwaukee Golf Open with a 268
  • 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.
  • 2001-05-04 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
  • 2002-07-09 73rd All Star Baseball Game: 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of available pitchers at Miller Park, Milwaukee
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

  • 1864-12-13 Emil Seidel, Mayor of Milwaukee (d. 1947)
  • 1881-03-12 Daniel Webster Hoan, Wisc (Mayor-Socialist-Milwaukee)
  • 1890-08-22 Floyd Henri Allport, American psychologist and sociologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1979)
  • 1893-08-12 Alfred Lunt, American Broadway actor (The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1977)
  • 1899-11-11 Pat O'Brien, American actor (Knute Rockne, Angels with Dirty Faces), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)

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1900-04-05 Spencer Tracy, American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee (d. 1967)

  • 1900-06-15 Otto Clarence Luening, composer (Sonority Canon), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1902-02-14 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, cowboy (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1902-05-22 Al Simmons, American baseball outfielder (A's), lifetime batting avg of .334 (d. 1956), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1902-10-31 Eduard Franz, American actor (Zorro), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1983)
  • 1904-02-16 George F Kennan, US ambassador (to Moscow), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1908-03-13 Walter Annenberg, publisher (Triangle-TV Guide)/Amb to GB, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1909-04-01 Abner Biberman, director/actor (Imhook-Kodiak), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1910-12-24 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 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
  • 1921-04-23 Warren Spahn, left-handed pitcher (Boston/Milwaukee Braves)
  • 1922-05-06 Pat Harder, NFL fullback (Cardinals, Lions), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1925-08-07 Felice Bryant, rock writer (Bye Bye Love), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1926-04-22 Charlotte Rae, actress (Edna-Facts of Life), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1927-02-26 Donald Gramm, bass-baritone, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1927-03-23 John Logan, Endicott, NY, MLB shortstop (Boston and Milwaukee Braves), (d. 2013)
  • 1928-07-14 Nancy Olson, actress (Absent-Minded Professor, Pollyanna), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1930-11-23 Robert Easton, actor (Someone Up There Likes Me), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1931-10-13 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 2001)

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1933-06-11 Gene Wilder [Jerome Silberman], American actor ( Blazing Saddles, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2016)

  • 1935-01-26 Bob Uecker, catcher/actor (Mr Belvedere), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935-05-08 Salome Jens, actress (From Here to Eternity), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935-09-28 Bruce Crampton, Australian PGA golfer (1961 Milwaukee Open), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1936-02-12 Paul Shenar, actor (Carrington-Roots), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1936-05-12 Tom Snyder,American newscaster (The Tomorow Show, NBC Weekend News), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2007)
  • 1936-10-12 Tony Kubek, shortstop (NY Yankees) and sportscaster (NBC-TV, Madison Square Garden), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1938-10-29 Peter Stampfel, musician and songwriter (The Holy Modal Rounders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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1938-11-24 Oscar Robertson [The Big O], NBA guard (Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Olympic gold 1960), born in Charlotte, Tennessee

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1940-03-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2017)
  • 1943-07-18 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1943-09-03 Dave Eichelberger, PGA golfer (1971 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1943-10-05 Steve Miller, rocker (Abracadabra, Space Cowboy), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1947-05-28 Leland Sklar, musician and bass guitarist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1947-10-16 David Zucker, director (Airplane, Naked Gun, Top Secret), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1947-10-30 Chris Komar, American dancer, born in Milwaukee (d. 1996)
  • 1947-10-31 Deidre Hall, American actress (Days of our Lives, Our House), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1949-02-01 Jimmy Lee Thorpe, Roxboro NC, PGA golfer (1985 Greater Milwaukee Open)
  • 1949-02-21 Jerry Harrison, rock keyboardist (Talking Heads), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1950-03-11 Jerry Zucker, director (Airplane, Naked Gun), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1950-08-21 Arthur Bremer, American criminal who shot George Wallace in May 1972 leaving him paralyzed, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1950-10-25 John Matuszak, NFLer (Raiders)/actor (Hollywood Beat), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1953-10-31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1955-09-18 Jeana Tomasino, playmate (Nov, 1980), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1957-02-02 Sandra Joyce Cagle, American model and playmate (Feb 1980), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1959-06-30 Stephanie Farwig, golfer (1994 LPGA Corning Classic-2nd), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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1960-05-21 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), born in West Allis, Wisconsin (d. 1994)

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 1960-08-28 Leroy Chiao, astronaut (STS 65, 72, sk: 92), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1960-11-10 Lee Cross Rinker, PGA golfer (1995 Greater Milwaukee-6th), born in Stuart, Flordia
  • 1961-06-28 Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1962-06-25 Dan Turk, American footballer, NFL center (Washington Redskins), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2000)
  • 1962-11-24 Lesa Ann Pedriana, playmate (April, 1984), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1962-12-27 Timothy Hacker, 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1963-06-02 Tim Balmer, Canadian Tour golfer (Bermuda Open-1990), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1964-09-09 Skip [Jules I] Kendall, PGA golfer (1993 Intl-8th), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1965-02-13 Kenny Harrison, triple jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1965-10-15 Daniel Held, 10k runner, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1965-11-03 Michael Paul Springer, PGA golfer (1994 Greater Milwaukee), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1966-06-17 Clare Look-Jaeger, high jumper, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1968-11-25 Jory Husain, actor (Jawaharial-Head of the Class), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1969-12-18 Joe Randa, infielder (KC Royals), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1970-01-29 Heather Graham, actress (Drugstore Cowboy, Diggstown), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1970-03-06 Amy Pietz, actress (Annie-Caroline In the City), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1970-06-30 Mark Grudzielanek, infielder (Montreal Expos), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1970-07-01 Nicky Goetze, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 NCAA Acad), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1971-03-30 Mari Holden, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1972-10-08 Dede Demet, cyclist (Olympics-96), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1973-01-03 Dan Harmon, American voice actor, producer and writer (Rick and Morty, Community), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1973-01-12 Greg Morton, actor (Scarecrow & Mrs King), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1973-10-25 Joe Angel Acosta Jr, PGA golfer (1995 Greater Milwaukee-3rd), born in San Diego, California
  • 1976-12-01 Konerak Sinthasomphone, Jeffrey Dahmer's victim, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1978-03-03 Jeff Hanson, American singer-songwriter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 2009)
  • 1987-11-03 Colin Kaepernick, American football player, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Famous Weddings

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

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

  • 1947-06-24 Emil Seidel, Mayor of Milwaukee, Wisconsin (b. 1864)
  • 1954-06-28 Red deer, in Milwaukee Zoo, oldest known deer, dies at 26

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1994-11-28 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer (Milwaukee Cannibal), killed in prison at 34

Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer
Serial Killer
Jeffrey Dahmer
  • 2001-02-18 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69