12kBCE Southeast Wisconsin was free of ice by this
(Arch, 7/02, p.54)
11.5k-10.2kBCE A site near Kenosha, Wisc.,
indicates human butchery of wooly mammoths during this period.
(Arch, 7/02, p.50)
c1000 Dan Arnold, an amateur archeologist, found
Indian charcoal drawings in a cave near La Crosse in 1998 that dated
back at least 1000 years. The site was not revealed to the public
until 2000 to allow official documentation.
(SFC, 11/21/00, p.A2)
1634 French explorer Jean
Nicolet, looking for Cathay, traveled the western shores of Lake
Michigan and landed on Wisconsin soil.
1799 Feb 9, The USS
Constellation captured the French frigate Insurgente off the coast
1814 Jul 18, The British
captured Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
1832 Aug 2, Some 1,300 Illinois
militia under General Henry Atkinson massacred Sauk Indian men,
women and children who were followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe
River in Wisconsin. Black Hawk himself finally surrendered three
weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end.
(HN, 8/2/98)(MC, 8/2/02)
1835 Solomon Laurent Juneau, a
fur trader, laid out the eastern part of Milwaukee and became the
first president of the village in 1837. Juneau was born in Montreal
and in 1818 settled on the site of Milwaukee and established a
trading business. Juneau, who became a U.S. citizen in 1831,
was elected the city‘s first mayor in 1846.
1836 Apr 20, The Territory of
Wisconsin was established by Congress.
(AP, 4/20/97)(HN, 4/20/98)
1836 Jul 4, The territorial
government of Wisconsin was established.
(IB, Internet, 12/7/98)
1848 May 29, Wisconsin became
the 30th state of the union.
(AP, 5/29/97)(HN, 5/29/98)
1853 Aug 21, Henry Wellcome
(d.1936) was born in Wisconsin. In 1880 Henry went to London to join
Silas Burroughs and set up a successful pharmaceutical firm called
Burroughs, Wellcome & Co.
1854 Feb 28, Some 50 slavery
opponents met in Ripon, Wis., to call for creation of a new
political group, which became the Republican Party. [see Mar 20, Jul
1854 Mar 20, The Republican
Party was founded when former members of the Whig political party
met to establish a new political party that would oppose the spread
of slavery into the western territories. [see Feb 28, Jul 6]
1854 Jul 6, The Republican
Party was officially organized in Jackson, Michigan. The Republican
Party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, by a group of anti-slavery
politicians at the Little White Schoolhouse. [see Feb 28, Mar 20]
(Hem., 7/96, p.28)(HN, 7/6/98)
1855 Jun 14, Robert Marion
"Fighting Bob" La Follette, reform movement leader, Governor of
Wisconsin, U.S. Senator, Progressive Party presidential candidate,
1857 Thorstein Veblen (d.1929),
political economist and social critic, was born in Wisconsin to
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R20)(SFEC, 7/11/99, BR p.4)
1858 Feb 8, A record brawl in
the US House of Representatives erupted over the issue of slavery.
Wisconsin Congressman John F. Potter pulled a wig off a Mississippi
congressman and declared “I’ve scalped him.”
1867 Oct 11, Carlos Glidden and
Samuel Soule applied for a patent on their new direct action
typewriter. Christopher Latham Sholes (1819-1890), Carlos Glidden
(1834-1877) and Samuel Soule had invented the typewriter in the
1860s. Charles E. Weller coined the phrase "Now is the time for all
good men to come to the aid of the party" to check out the first
typewriter built in Milwaukee.
(ON, 12/10, p.7)(SFC, 1/29/97, Z1 p.2)(SFEC,
3/22/98, Z1 p.8)
1867 Jacob Leinenkugel, an
immigrant from Bavaria, founded Leinenkugel Beer to supply the
lumberjack community of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. In 1988 the
family business agreed to be acquired by the Miller Brewing Co.
(WSJ, 9/27/08, p.A16)(http://tinyurl.com/4epavl)
1868 Apr 19, Paul P.
Harris, founder of the Rotary Club, was born in Racine, Wisconsin.
1871 Oct 8-14, In Peshtigo,
Wisc., some 1,500 people were killed in the nation’s worst forest
fire, which burned across six counties and into Michigan. Fires also
broke out in the Michigan communities of Holland, Manistee and Port
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(WSJ, 8/4/04, p.B1)(SSFC,
9/4/05, p.A7)(AP, 10/8/08)
1871 P.T. Barnum (Phineas
Taylor Barnum,1810-1891), US showman, founded "The Greatest Show On
Earth" in Delavan, Wis. He presented General Tom Thumb and Jenny
Lind (1820-1870), "The Swedish Nightingale," to the public. He also
introduced 3 rings to the circus.
(WUD, 1994, p.121)(WSJ, 1/7/97, p.A19)(WUD, 1994,
1873 The Racine Silver Plate
Co. was founded.
(SFC,11/26/97, Z1 p.7)
1877 Joseph S. Hartmann opened
a luggage business in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Hartmann family ran
the business until 1955. In 1959 the company moved to Lebanon,
Tennessee and was later taken over by Clarion Capital Partners.
(SFC, 1/2/08, p.G3)
1878 Jul 9, H.V. Kaltenborn,
newscaster (Who Said That?), was born in Milwaukee, Wisc.
1878 Harry Houdini (1874-1926),
magician and escape artist born as Erik Weisz (Ehrich Weiss) in
Budapest, arrived in Appleton, Wisconsin, where his father became
(WSJ, 3/25/04, p.A1)
1880 Mar 23, John Stevens of
Neenah, Wis., patented the grain crushing mill. This mill allowed
flour production to increase by 70 percent.
1881 Jul 8, Edward Berner of
Two Rivers, Wisconsin, created the Sundae.
1881 George B. Mattoon founded
his Mattoon Manufacturing Co. in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. From 1904 to
the 1950s the company manufactured upscale furniture. The name of
the company was changed to Northern Furniture following Mattoon’s
death (1916), when the Reiss family took over and re-named it R-Way
Furniture. The Northern Furniture brand name continued.
(SFC, 10/4/06, p.G2)
1882 The factory of the Racine
Silver Plate Co. burned down. It was re-opened a year later in
(SFC,11/26/97, Z1 p.7)
1883 Jan 10, Fire at uninsured
Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin killed 71. General Tom Thumb
of P.T. Barnum fame escaped unhurt.
1883 Jun 11, Frank O. King,
"Gasoline Alley" cartoonist, was born in Cashton, Wisc.
1887 Nov. 15, Georgia O'Keefe
(d.1986), American painter, was born in Wisconsin.
(WUD, 1994, p.1002)(HFA, '96, p.42)(SFC, 7/16/97,
1890-1900 Black River Falls was plagued by a
series of suicides, murders, financial ruin and bizarre eruptions of
violence. These events were described in the 1973 book “Wisconsin
Death Trip” by Michael Lesy. In 2000 a documentary film was
completed based on the book and this period.
(SFC, 1/2/02, p.D1)
1892 Kiel Manufacturing Co. was
founded in Kiel, Wis. The name was changed to Kiel Furniture in
1907. In 1935 a manager bought the company and changed the name to
A.A. Laun Furniture Co. and continued operations.
(SFC, 7/6/05, p.G3)
1894 Sep, A major fire in
Wisconsin burned several million acres.
(SFC, 10/30/03, p.A15)
1895 In Wisconsin Frank Grove,
James Clark, J. Howard Jenkins and George Jones co-founded OshKosh
(SSFC, 8/20/06, p.M4)
1900 Jun 11, Belle Boyd
(b.1844), former Confederate spy, died in Wisconsin. Her 1865
autobiography was titled “Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison.” In 1944
Louis Sigaud authored “Belle Boyd: Confederate Spy.”
1901 Jan 28, Byron Bancroft
Johnson announced that the American League would play the 1901
baseball season as a major league and would not renew its membership
in the National Agreement. The new league would include Baltimore
and Washington, DC, recently abandoned by the National League. The
league would also invade 4 cities where National League teams
existed: Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia. The 8 charter
teams included: the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Americans, Chicago
White Stockings, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers,
Philadelphia Athletics, and Washington Senators.
1901 After the 1901 baseball
season the Milwaukee Brewers were moved to St. Louis, Mo.
(ON, 6/09, p.11)
1903 Aug 14, John Ringling
North, circus director (Ringling Bros), was born in Baraboo, Wisc.
1903 William Harley and the 3
Davidson brothers: Arthur (20), Walter and William (21), started out
in a Milwaukee basement to produce their first motorized bike. In
1999 Brock Yates published "Outlaw Machine: Harley-Davidson and the
Search for the American Soul."
(WSJ, 5/28/99, p.W6)(NW, 7/22/02, p.60)
1904 Feb 16, George Keenan,
U.S. diplomat, was born in Milwaukee. He became a historian and
proposed the policy of “containment” for dealing with the Soviet
1905 Sep 25, Red Smith,
sportscaster and columnist, was born in Green Bay Wisc.
1907 Oct 11, The freighter
Cyprus foundered during a storm on Lake Superior, while on its
second voyage hauling iron ore from Superior, Wis., to Buffalo, NY.
All but one of the Cyprus' 23 crew members died. The 420-foot
shipwreck was found in 2007, 8 miles north of Deer Park, Mich.,
where a single survivor had reached shore. The ship was built in
Lorain, Ohio, and launched on Aug. 17, 1907.
1908 Mar 13, Walter Annenberg
(d.2002), publisher (Triangle-TV Guide), Ambassador to GB, was born
in Milwaukee, the 6th of 9 children.
(SFC, 10/2/02, p.A2)(AP, 3/13/08)
1908 May 31, Actor Don Ameche
was born in Kenosha, Wis.
1908 Nov 14, Senator Joseph
McCarthy, anti-Communist Senator from Wisconsin who gave the name
“McCarthyism” to his communist witch-hunts, was born. In 1999
William F. Buckley Jr. published "The Redhunter," a historical novel
about Joe McCarthy.
(HN, 11/14/98)(WSJ, 7/22/99, p.A24)
1908 Dec 29, A patent was
granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake in Clintonville, Wisc.
1911 Jul 31, George Liberace,
violinist (Liberace Show), was born in Menasha, Wisc.
1912 Oct 14, Theodore
Roosevelt, former president and the Bull Moose Party candidate, was
shot at close range by anarchist William Schrenk while greeting the
public in front of the Hotel Gilpatrick in Milwaukee while
campaigning for the presidency. He was saved by the papers in his
breast pocket and still managed to give a 90 minute address in
Milwaukee after requesting his audience to be quiet because “there
is a bullet in my body.” Schrenk was captured and uttered the now
famous words "any man looking for a third term ought to be
(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A10)(AP, 10/14/97)(WSJ, 8/5/96,
p.A10)(HN, 10/14/98)(MC, 10/14/01)
1912 Nov 4, Arizona and Kansas
granted women the right to vote. Wisconsin voted against suffrage
1914 Aug 15, Mamah Borthwick
Cheney, the mistress of Frank Lloyd Wright, was axed to death along
with her 2 children and 4 others by a crazed servant at Wright’s
rural Taliesin home. Wright restored the house, which was set aflame
in the rampage. The house was ravaged by fire again in 1925 and
again restored by Wright.
(SFEC, 11/8/98, DB p.48)(Econ, 3/5/11,
1915 May 6, Orson Welles
(d.1985), actor, director, and writer, was born in Kenosha, Wisc. He
is famous for his movie Citizen Kane (1941).
1916 The Four Wheel Drive Auto
Co. of Clintonville, Wis., got a boost from WW I demand for its
(WSJ, 9/16/05, p.W12)
1917 Nov 24, In Wisconsin a
large black powder bomb exploded at a Milwaukee police station
killing 9 officers and a female civilian. It had been discovered by
a social worker, next to an evangelical church. It was suspected at
the time that the bomb had been placed outside the church by
anarchists, particularly by adherents of Luigi Galleani.
1918 Oct 12, A forest fire in
Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin killed about 800. [see Oct 13]
1918 Oct 13-15, A forest fire
killed some 1,000 people in Minnesota and Wisconsin. [see Oct 12]
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)
1919 May 16, Liberace (d.1987),
pianist, was born in a Milwaukee suburb as Wladziu Valentino
Liberace. At 17 he debuted with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He
later averaged an income of $5 million for over 35 years.
(SSFM, 4/29/01, p.22)
1919 Jun 10, Wisconsin became
the first state to ratify the 19th amendment granting national
suffrage to women.
1919 The first owner of the
Green Bay Packers, Indian Packing Company, paid an unofficial
purchase price of $500 to supply Curly Lambeau with uniforms and
equipment. In turn, Lambeau and team manager George Calhoun called
the club "Packers."
1921 Aug 27, J.E. Clair of Acme
Packing Co. of Green Bay was granted an NFL franchise.
1921 Oct 23, Green Bay Packers
played their 1st NFL game. They won 7-6 over Minneapolis.
1922 Aug 21, Curly Lambeau and
Green Bay Football Club were granted an NFL franchise.
1923 The Villa Terrace
Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee was designed in the style of a
16th century Italian villa.
(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.E11)
1924 Oct 1, William Rehnquist
was born in Milwaukee. He served as Supreme Court Justice (1972-86)
and US Chief Justice (1987- ).
(USAT, 1/7/99, p.2A)(MC, 10/1/01)
1927 Nov 22, 1st snowmobile
patent was granted to Carl Eliason in Sayner, Wisc.
1927 John Hammes (1895-1953), a
Wisconsin architect, invented the sink-connected garbage disposal.
In 1938 he started the InSinkErator company, which later became a
part of Emerson Electric Corp.
1928 Frank Lloyd Wright
announced that he would establish his own school of architecture. He
took in 60 students for $300 in tuition plus voluntary labor at his
Taliesin homestead in Spring Green, Wisconsin. In 2006 Roger
Friedland authored “The Fellowship,” an account of Wright and his
(WSJ, 8/25/06, p.W5)
1929 Keil Furniture of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, advertised a radio table with an Atwater Kent
screen-grid radio for $179.
(SFC, 2/13/08, p.G8)
1930s The Depression era "Eau Claire" system set
milk prices according to the distance from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to
ensure that every region of the country maintained a local supply of
(SFC, 11/17/99, p.A12)
1932 Jan, Wisconsin became the
first state to provide unemployment benefits.
1933 A Wisconsin milk strike
began as a series of strikes conducted by a cooperative group of
dairy farmers in an attempt to raise the price of milk paid to
producers during the Great Depression. Three main strike periods
occurred in 100933, with length of time and level of violence
increased during each one.
1934 A postcard of a man in
bikini shorts inspired a Wisconsin-based Cooper’s Inc. designer to
invent Jockey Shorts, the first pair of briefs.
(SSFC, 11/29/09, p.N6)
1935 Jan 26, Bob Uecker,
catcher, actor, was born in Milwaukee, Wisc.
1935 Feb 2, A lie detector was
1st used in court at Portage, Wisc.
1935 Jun 11, Gene Wilder, actor
(Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak), was born in Milwaukee.
1937 John Steuart Curry,
American painter, began his work “Wisconsin Landscape,” and
completed it in 1938.
(SFC, 6/13/98, p.E1)
1938 Jul 21, Les Aspin,
(Rep-D-Wisc, 1971-93), Minister of Defense (1993-94), was born.
1939 Jan 19, Ernest Hausen of
Wisconsin set a chicken-plucking record of 4.4 sec.
1940 Nov 17, The Green Bay
Packers became the 1st NFL team to travel by plane.
1942 Dec, Dr. Ira Baldwin
(1896-1999), plant bacteriologist at the Univ. of Wisconsin, was
selected to head US biological warfare.
(AH, 6/03, p.46)
1948 Two Milwaukee lawyers
founded Manpower after they failed to find extra administrative help
for an urgent legal brief. By 2009 the company had over 4,000
offices in 82 countries.
(Econ, 1/6/07, p.57)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.74)
1950 Mar 11, Jerry Zucker, film
director and TV producer, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
1950s-60s Harry Harlow (1905-1981) conducted
psychology experiments on baby rhesus monkeys at the Univ. of
Wisconsin. In 2003 Deborah Blum authored “Love at Goon Park: Harry
Harlow and the Science of Affection.”
(NYTBR, 2/2/03, p.19)
1951 Jul 4, The "Capital Times"
in Madison, Wisconsin, reported that one of its reporters was turned
down by 99 out of 100 people he asked to sign a petition made up of
quotations from the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of
Rights. Many said the petition was subversive.
(IB, Internet, 12/7/98)
1953 Mar 18, The Braves
baseball team announced that they were moving from Boston to
1954 Mar 11, The U.S. Army
charged that Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy and his
subcommittee's chief counsel, Roy Cohn, had exerted pressure to
obtain favored treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former
consultant to the subcommittee.
Dec 2, The US Senate voted 67-22 to censure Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy,
R-Wis., for "conduct that tends to bring the Senate into dishonor
and disrepute." This followed the McCarthy investigation of the
Army. Roy Cohn was McCarthy’s aide and Joseph Welch was the attorney
for the army. Army general counsel John G. Adams (d.2003) later
authored "Without Precedent: The story of the Death of McCarthyism."
In 1999 Arthur Herman published "Joseph McCarthy," a reexamination
of McCarthy's accusations.
(NYT, 12/3/54, p.1)(WSJ, 8/5/96, p.A10)(AP, 12/2/97)(WSJ, 12/6/99,
p.A32)(SFC, 6/28/03, p.A1)
1954 US Congress voted to
withdraw support to Wisconsin Indians guaranteed in 1854. The
Menomonee (people of the wild rice) Chiefs Oshkosh and Keshena met
with federal Indian agents in Keshena Falls, Wisconsin, in 1854 and
agreed to retain only 275,000 acres from their original 9 1/2
million acres. As part of the settlement the chiefs and their
followers were promised eternal government protection.
(NG, Aug., 1974, p.235)
1955 The Old Milwaukee brand
was first brewered by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company of
Wisconsin. It was the first beer brand launched exclusively as a
1955 The Hearst Corp. acquired
(SFC, 8/7/99, p.A9)
1957 May 2, Sen. Joseph R.
McCarthy (48), the controversial Republican from Wisconsin, died at
Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. McCarthy drank himself to
(AP, 5/2/97)(WSJ, 2/9/00, p.A26)
1957 Oct 10, The Milwaukee
Braves won the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in Game
1957 William Proxmire
(1915-2005), Wisconsin Democrat, won a special election to fill the
seat of US Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy. Proxmire served until 1989.
(SFC, 12/16/05, p.A4)
1957 All 30,000 high school
graduating students were given questionnaires with questions on
family background, and educational and occupational aspirations. Dr.
William H. Sewell found them in the early 1960s and used them with
colleagues for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.C2)
1957-1974 Edward Gein, a handyman in Plainfield,
Wis., liked to dig up fresh graves, cut the skin off corpses, wear
the skin on his own body and dance in the moonlight. He was picked
up in this year and evidence showed that he’d been collecting
body parts for years. He had skulls on bedposts, a human heart
in a saucepan, and a lady out in his barn dressed like a deer. The
1974 film “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was based on his story. It
starred Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface and was directed by Tobe Hooper
and was first shown in San Francisco. The film was narrated by John
(SFC, 5/18/96, p.E-4)(WSJ, 10/31/97, p.A1)
1959 Sep 27, Beth Heiden, 3000m
speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1980), was born in Madison, Wisc.
1959 Wisconsin became the 1st
US state to enact a comprehensive collective bargaining law.
(SFC, 2/17/11, p.A8)
1962 Gaylord Nelson
(1916-2005), defeated Republican Sen. Alexander Wiley to win his 1st
term as US Senator form Wisconsin. Nelson was defeated in 1980.
(SFC, 7/4/05, p.A2)
1962 Kohl’s discount department
store was founded in Wisconsin. The company went public in 1992 and
by 2009 it counted 1,059 stores nationwide, including 121 in
(SFC, 8/5/09, p.C1)
1962 Edwin Traisman
(1915-2007), food researcher for McDonald’s, patented a method for
preparing frozen French fried potatoes. In 1968 his associate Ken
Strong patented a method for quick frying cut potatoes before
freezing along with a short steam blanch to preserve sugars and
other flavors. Traisman was instrumental in the development of
Cheese Whiz for Kraft Foods and had bought the first McDonald’s
franchise in Madison, Wis., in the late 1950s.
(SFC, 6/9/07, p.B6)
1964 Jan 22, World's largest
cheese (15,723 kg) was manufactured in Wisconsin.
1964 Mammoth bones were
discovered at the Schaefer farm near Kenosha, Wisc. Butcher marks
indicated human activity. Other bones were found as early as 1935.
(Arch, 7/02, p.51)
1967 Jan 15, The first Super
Bowl was played as the Green Bay Packers of the National Football
League defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football
League, 35-10 in Los Angeles. The matchup was officially called the
AFL-NFL World Championship Game.
(WSJ, 1/28/97, p.A16)(AP, 1/15/98)
1967 Jul 30, There was a race
riot in Milwaukee and 4 people were killed.
1967 Oct 18, A protest in
Madison, Wisc., against recruiting by Dow Chemical, the maker of
napalm and Agent Orange, turned violent. In 2003 David Maraniss
authored "They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and
America." It centered on an Oct 17 battle in Vietnam and the
(Econ, 11/22/03, p.82)(SSFC, 12/28/03, p.M3)
1967 Dec 10, Singer Otis
Redding (26) and 6 others died in the crash of his private plane in
Lake Monona, Wisconsin. He had recently recorded “Sittin’ on the
Dock of the Bay,” which became a big hit in 1968.
(SFC, 4/25/06, p.B5)(AP, 12/10/07)
1967-1968 Dr. William H. Sewell (d.2001 at 91),
sociologist, served as the chancellor of the Univ. of Wisconsin.
(SFC, 7/14/01, p.C2)
1968 Jan 14, The Green Bay
Packers under Vince Lombardi, after winning its third consecutive
NFL championship, won the 2nd Super Bowl Football game over the
Oakland Raiders. This was Lombardi's last game as coach of the
Packers. The game drew the first $3 million gate in football
history. In 1999 David Maraniss authored "When Pride Still Mattered:
A Life of Vince Lombardi."
(WSJ, 1/28/97, p.A16)(SFEC, 1/9/00, BR
1968 Jan 28, Vince Lombardi
resigned as coach of Wisconsin’s Green Bay Packers, two weeks after
winning Super Bowl II. He remained as general manager. On Feb 1 Phil
Bengtson was named coach of the Packers.
1968 Apr 2, Senator Eugene
McCarthy won the Democratic primaries in Wisconsin. In 2004 Dominic
Sandbrook authored "Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar
1968 In Grand Chute, Wis., a
night watchman was killed during a robbery at a car dealership. In
2005 police in Appleton, Wis., arrested Robert Mitchell (75) for the
(SFC, 11/19/05, p.A3)
1970 Apr 22, The first Earth
Day and Earth Week was celebrated and millions protested pollution
on Earth and their concern for the environment. The event was
organized by a 33-member committee in Philadelphia. Wisconsin
Senator Gaylord Nelson suggested Earth Day as a means to focus
national attention on ecological issues. Gaylord selected Pete
McCloskey as co-chairman. Organizers later identified 12
anti-environment members of the US House and Senate, 7 of whom soon
lost their seats.
(AP, 4/22/97)(WSJ, 5/12/99, p.A23)(SSFC, 4/18/04,
1970 Jun 2, Har Gobind Khorana
(1922-1993), Indian-American chemist at the Univ. of Wisconsin,
announced the synthesis of the 1st artificial gene.
1970 Aug 24, A bomb planted by
anti-war extremists exploded at the University of Wisconsin's Army
Math Research Center in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher
Robert Fassnacht. On Sep 2 the FBI began a nationwide hunt for
Dwight Armstrong (19), Karleton Armstrong (22), David S. Fine (18),
and Leo F. Burt (22). Dwight Armstrong (1951-2010), the last to be
caught, was arrested in Toronto in April, 1977.
(AP, 8/24/97)(SSFC, 6/27/10, p.C9)
1970 Sep 3, Vince Lombardi
(57), one of Fordham University‘s stalwart linemen known as the
"Seven Blocks of Granite" during his college days, succumbed to
cancer in Washington, D.C. He had recently coached the Washington
Redskins to their first winning season in 14 years. Lombardi had
previously coached the Green Bay Packers to five NFL championships
and victories in the first two Super Bowls. He went to the
Washington Redskins in 1969 as head coach, general manager, and part
owner. The team wound up with a 7-5-2 record for the season. In 1999
David Maraniss authored "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince
(AP, 9/3/97)(WSJ, 10/7/99, p.A28)
1970 Dec 31, Lorine Niedecker
(b.1903), died. She was a Wisconsin-born objectivist-influenced
(SFEC, 4/23/00, BR
1970 George L. Mosse
(1918-1999), a Univ. of Wisconsin historian, published "Germans and
Jews: The Right, the Left, and the Search for a 'Third Force' in
1970 The Seattle Pilots
baseball team after one season moved to Milwaukee and became the
(WSJ, 4/7/99, p.B1)
1972 May 13, Milwaukee
Brewers beat Minn. Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings. The game had started
the evening of May 12.
1975 Mar, US Sen. William
Proxmire (1915-2005), Wisconsin Democrat, started his monthly Golden
Fleece Awards to highlight examples of government waste. The 1st
award went to the National Science Foundation for squandering
$84,000 to try to find out why people fall in love.
1976 Dec 1, Konerak
Sinthasomphone, Jeffrey Dahmer's victim, was born in Milwaukee,
1978 William Steiger,
congressman from Wisconsin, led a drive to reduce the capital gains
tax rate from nearly 50% to 28%. In 1999 this was credited by Brian
S. Wesbury in "The New Era of Wealth" as one of the factors that
contributed to the economic boom of the 1990s.
(WSJ, 12/22/99, p.A16)
1979 Aug 14, In northern
Wisconsin Rob Pfiel (27) was killed by a shotgun blast to the back
of his head. 2 months earlier Rusk County sheriff’s deputies killed
his 3 dogs because they had gotten loose. Rusk County DA Robert
Rogers (d.1984), his wife Cherie Barnard, and 3 brothers were later
accused of plotting to kill Pfiel, who had threatened to get even.
In 2005 police arrested 2 of the Rogers’ brothers for Pfiel’s murder
as well as Barnard.
(SFC, 8/4/05, p.B1)(SFC, 10/17/05, p.A1)
1979 Sep 16, In Wisconsin the
Madison Press Connection published a detailed explanation of how to
build a hydrogen bomb in an article written by Charles Hansen
(1947-2003) of Mountain View, Ca. In 1988 Hansen published "U.S.
Nuclear Weapons: The Secret History."
1979 Dec 26, Robert Ben Madison
(14) founded the virtual Kingdom of Talossa in his Milwaukee, Wisc.,
bedroom and migrated it to the Internet in 1996.
1980 Mar 11, Marilyn McIntyre
(18) was beaten stabbed and strangled to death at her home in
Columbus, Wis. In 2009 Curtis Forbes, a friend of her husband, was
charged with 1st degree murder based on DNA evidence.
1981 Jan 18, Wendy O. Williams
(1949-1998), lead singer for the punk band the Plasmatics, was
arrested in Milwaukee for on-stage obscenity.
1981 The Univ. of Wisconsin
began a multivolume History of Cartography. In 2004 editor David A.
Woodward, British-born geographer, died at age 61.
(SFC, 9/1/04, p.B7)
1982 Jun 10, The Jos. Schlitz
Brewing Company and the Old Milwaukee brand was acquired by Stroh
Brewing Company of Detroit. The Old Milwaukee brand was first
brewered by the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company.
1983 Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
(b.1910), commercial bakery worker, died In Milwaukee, Wis. He was
also a prolific artist but never exhibited any of his work.
(NYT, 10/8/04, p.B35)
1985 Mar 1, Herb Kohl (b.1935),
Milwaukee businessman and later US Senator (1988), purchased the
Milwaukee Bucks basketball team.
1985 Sep 6, All 31 people
aboard a Midwest Express Airlines DC-9 were killed when the
Atlanta-bound jetliner crashed just after takeoff from Milwaukee's
(WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A15)(AP, 9/6/05)
1985 Pleasant Rowland, a
textbook publishing executive, founded The American Girl company in
Madison, Wis. The company started with 3 dolls, each one set in a
specific moment in American history. Mattel bought the company for
$700 million in 1998.
(WSJ, 12/30/06, p.A1)
1988 Apr 5 Gov. Michael S.
Dukakis won a solid victory in Wisconsin's Democratic presidential
primary while, on the Republican side, Vice President George Bush
overwhelmed his opposition.
1988 The Bradley Center in
Milwaukee, home to the NBA Bucks, indoor soccer, minor league hockey
and Marquette Univ. basketball, was completed for $90 million.
(SFC, 5/21/01, p.A3)
1989 May 29, The first
Weedstock Festival, a pro-marijuana event, was held on Memorial Day
in Wisconsin. Steve Wessing worked the event as a stage manager.
1991 Mar 30, In Milwaukee,
Wisc., serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer killed and dismembered Konerak
1991 Jul 22, Police in
Milwaukee arrested serial killer Jeffrey L. Dahmer. He was murdered
while in prison in 1994.
(AP, 7/22/97)(SFC, 5/29/96, A4)
1991 Wisconsin introduced wild
turkeys in Marathon County and sold licenses to hunt them. The birds
took a taste to the local ginseng crops and wrought havoc. In the
early 1900s 4 Fromm brothers had begun cultivating Ginseng in
Wisconsin and it became much appreciated by Chinese users. In the
1990s Canada, having acquired Wisconsin ginseng seeds, began
competing and sold seeds to China causing ginseng prices to plummet
to about $15 per pound.
(WSJ, 3/8/06, p.A1)
1992 Feb 17, Serial killer
Jeffrey Dahmer was sentenced in Milwaukee to life in prison. He was
beaten to death in prison in November 1994.
1992 After hearing about his
cutting-edge research on the brain and emotions through mutual
friends, the Dalai Lama invited Richard Davidson, a University of
Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist, to his home in India to pose a
question: Scientists often study depression, anxiety and fear, but
why not devote your work to the causes of positive human qualities
like happiness and compassion? In 2010 the Dalai Lama marked the
opening of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the
university's Waisman Center.
c1992 The Russian city of
Dubna began a sister-city relationship with La Crosse, Wisconsin.
(SFC, 12/31/00, p.B5)
1993 Mar, Drinking water in
Milwaukee became contaminated with the cryptosporidium bacterium and
more than 100 people died and some 400,000 got sick.
(SFC, 6/26/96, p.A6)(SFC, 6/24/98, Z1 p.5)(SFC,
1893 Pickard China was
established in Edgerton, Wisconsin, by Wilder Austin Pickard, and
moved to Chicago in 1897. For some forty years the Pickard China
Studio, as the firm was then known, was a decorating company
specializing in hand painted art pieces, dessert and tea sets.
1994 Nov 28, Jeffrey Dahmer (b.
May 21, 1960), a serial killer who sexually abused, tortured, and
cannibalized murder victims during the 1980's, was clubbed to death
in prison by a fellow inmate while cleaning a prison toilet. He was
serving several life terms for the killing of 17 young men and boys
over a 13-year rampage of necrophilia and dismemberment.
(SFC, 5/29/96, A4)(AP, 11/28/97)(DT internet
1995 Aug 3, Gov. Tommy Thompson
announced an end to welfare offices in the state at the site of a
new jobs center in Racine.
(SFC, 9/1/97, p.A3)
1997 May 26, In Ferryville the
8th annual Weedstock Festival, a pro-marijuana event, had 3,500
people with 60 arrests.
(SFC, 5/27/97, p.A3)
1997 Dec 19, In Milwaukee a
postal clerk, Anthony J. De Culit, shot and killed his supervisor, a
co-worker and wounded another and then killed himself.
1998 Apr 19, In Madison Salim
Amara doused a fellow passenger on a city bus with gasoline and
ignited a fire burning himself and others severely.
(SFC, 4/21/98, p.A9)
1998 May 14, Abortion clinics
across the state closed as a sweeping ban against “partial birth”
abortions went into effect following last month’s bill signed by
Gov. Tommy Thompson.
(SFC, 5/15/98, p.A3)
1998 May 20, Abortion clinics
resumed first-trimester abortions after being assured that the new
state law did not impact the first trimester operations.
(SFC, 5/21/98, p.A6)
1998 Jun 10, The Wisconsin
Supreme court ruled that taxpayer could be used to send poor
children to private religious schools.
(SFC, 6/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 23, In Milwaukee Sammy
Sosa hit homers 64 and 65 against the Brewers.
(SFC, 9/24/98, p.A18)
1998 Nov 6, Scientists reported
the successful culture of human stem cells in research financed by
Geron Corp. James Thomson of the Univ. of Wisconsin first isolated
stem cells from human embryos. Science published this research in an
article titled "Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Derived from Human
(Econ, 1/28/12, p.77)
1998 Nov 10, A heavy snow storm
hit the northern Midwest. Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas
suffered loss of power, heavy snow and violent winds.
(SFC, 11/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Rep. Tammy Baldwin,
Democrat, was elected as the 1st openly gay woman in Congress.
(SFC, 6/23/00, p.A26)
1998 Dr. James Thomson, Univ.
of Wisconsin research biologist, announced that he had successfully
grown human embryonic stem cells in a privately funded research lab.
(WSJ, 8/23/01, p.A18)
1998 Rev. Lawrence Murphy
(d.1998), who had worked at the former St. John's School for the
Deaf in St. Francis, Wisconsin (1950-1975), died. In July 1996,
Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland sent a letter to the
Vatican seeking advice on how to proceed with charges of sexual
molestation by Murphy on as many as 200 deaf students. Cardinal
Ratzinger, who led the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
from 1981 until 2005, when he was elected pope, did not respond. The
case was made public in 2010.
1999 Mar 25, Six people were
killed and 8 injured when a speeding van loaded with young
salespeople rolled over near Janesville. Jeremy Holmes (20), the
driver, was later sentenced to 7 years in prison.
(SFC, 3/26/99, p.A4)(SFC, 6/12/99, p.A2)
1999 Wisconsin dairy farmers
began a cow-sharing program in order to send owners unpasteurized
milk. Sale of unpastuerized milk was illegal in Wisconsin and 21
(WSJ, 9/11/03, p.A1)
2000 Jan 1, In the Rose Bowl
Wisconsin beat Stanford 17-9.
(SFEC, 1/2/00, p.A1)
2000 Jan 6, Many state rebate
checks, sent as a postcard from Gov. Tommy Thompson as part of a
relief package in the 1999-2001 budget, were mistaken by recipients
as junk mail and discarded.
(SFC, 1/7/00, p.A3)
2000 Jul 28, Brianna Kriefall
(3) of South Milwaukee died from E. coli poisoning. 21 people were
reported sickened from E. coli after eating at a Sizzler restaurant.
(SFC, 7/29/00, p.A5)
2000 Nov 7, Wisconsin voters
supported Al Gore by a margin of some 5,700 votes.
(Econ, 7/24/04, p.30)(Econ, 9/13/08, p.39)
2000 Dec 1, Milwaukee Mayor
John Norquist (51) announced that he had had a 5-year affair with
staff aid, Marilyn Figueroa (41).
(SFC, 12/27/00, p.A3)
2001 Apr, Part of the new $121
million extension of the Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by Spanish
architect Santiago Calatrava, opened. The rest of the Quadracci
Pavilion was set to open in September.
(WSJ, 2/14/00, p.B12)(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.E11)
2001 Jun 19, A tornado struck
in Siren and 3 people were killed.
(SFC, 6/20/01, p.A5)
2001 Sep 5, The new Kenosha
Public Museum opened.
(Arch, 7/02, p.54)
2001 Sep 6, Scott Stoll (38)
and Dennis Snader (36) set off from San Francisco on a bicycle
journey that aimed to cover 24,901.55 miles, equal to the
circumference of the Earth. After 3+ years Stoll completed 25,752
miles across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and
Africa. Stoll ended his adventure on the southern tip of South
Africa on October 24, 2004. The Milwaukee native returned to
Waukesha where he grew up and his parents still live.
(SSFC, 2/26/06, p.F3)(www.theargonauts.com)
2001 Tommy Thompson joined the
Bush administration as Sec. for Health and Human Services. Scott
McCallum served as governor.
(WSJ, 8/23/01, p.A18)
2001 Wisconsin hunters killed
446,000 deer and generated over $1 billion in economic activity.
Brain tests of white-tailed deer showed that about 3% were infected
with chronic wasting disease (CWD).
(WSJ, 5/24/02, p.A1)
2002 Feb 24, Leo Ornstein
(b.1893), Russian-born Futurist composer, died in Green Bay, Wisc.
In 1918 Frederick H. Martens authored “Leo Ornstein: The Man, His
Ideas, His Work.” In 1990 Ornstein composed his last work: the
Eighth Piano Sonata.
2002 Mar 26, In Ixonia a bus
carrying residents of a retirement home collided with a delivery van
on Hwy 16 and 4 people were killed.
(SFC, 3/27/02, p.A5)
2002 May 24, Pope John Paul
accepted the resignation of Rembert Weakland (75), archbishop of
Milwaukee. Weakland admitted to a $450,000 settlement in 1998 to
Paul Marcoux (53) for an alleged sexual assault in 1979.
(SFC, 5/25/02, p.A3)
2002 Jul 9, To the boos of
disappointed fans, the All-Star game in Milwaukee finished in a 7-7
tie after 11 innings when both teams ran out of pitchers.
2002 Jul 15, A Canadian
National freight train derailed and caught fire near Allenton,
Wisc., and 34 of 107 cars jumped the tracks.
(SFC, 7/16/02, p.A4)
2002 Sep 2, In Ladysmith a
tornado injured 43 and cut a swath 14 blocks long by 4 wide.
(WSJ, 9/4/02, p.A1)
2002 Sep 29, In Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Charlie Young Jr. (36) was beaten to death by a mob of
youths after he punched and knocked out the tooth of a 14-year-old
who hit him with an egg.
(ADN, 10/8/02, p.A4)
2002 Oct 11, In Wisconsin 10
people were killed in a crash on I-43 that involved over 2 dozen
vehicles north of Milwaukee.
(SFC, 10/12/02, p.A4)
2003 Jan 6, Jim Doyle was sworn
in as Wisconsin’s 44th governor.
2003 Aug 30, Harley-Davidson
celebrated its 100th anniversary in Milwaukee with a parade of
10,000 motorcycles. Some 250,000 bikers packed the roads around
Milwaukee for a 3-day celebration.
2003 Wisconsin consumers filed
a record 28,225 bankruptcy petitions, 12% higher than 2002.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)
2003 Robert Posser (81) of
Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, died. He left behind his collection of over
750,000 old telephones.
(WSJ, 10/10/05, p.A1)
2004 Jan 2, Marvin Pratt was
sworn in as acting mayor of Milwaukee following the resignation of
4-term Mayor John Norquist due to a sex scandal.
(Econ, 1/10/04, p.25)
2004 Jan, La Gloria English
School opened on Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Maggie and Tom Washa of
Wisconsin opened the school to help the local Mayan children.
(SSFC, 9/25/05, E5)
2004 Feb 17, In Wisconsin John
Kerry won the primary with about 40 percent of the vote while
Edwards finished a close second with 34 percent. Dean, who had
banked his future on a strong showing, drew just 18 percent.
(AP, 2/18/04)(SFC, 2/18/04, p.A1)
2004 Apr 8, Milwaukee residents
elected former white Rep. Tom Barrett as mayor over acting Mayor
Marvin Pratt. The city's population of 50% white, 37% black and 12%
Hispanic voted along racial lines.
(SFC, 4/9/04, p.A2)
2004 May 19, Flooding from
storms hit Wisconsin. On June 19 Pres. Bush granted federal disaster
recognition to 12 counties.
(SSFC, 6/20/04, p.A3)
2004 Nov 2, John Kerry carried
Wisconsin by 11,400 votes.
(Econ, 9/13/08, p.39)
2004 Nov 21, A trespassing deer
hunter in northern Wisconsin opened fire on other hunters when they
asked him to leave, killing 5 and wounding 3. Another hunter died
the next day. Police arrested Chai Soua Vang, a Hmong man of St.
Paul Minn., for killing 6 hunters. In 2005 Vang (36) was convicted
of 1st degree murder and sentenced to 6 life terms.
(AP, 11/22/04)(WSJ, 11/23/04, p.A1)(SFC, 11/9/05,
2005 Mar 12, In Brookfield,
Wisconsin, Terry Ratzmann (44) opened fire with a handgun during an
evangelical church service at a suburban Milwaukee hotel, killing 7
people before taking his own life.
(AP, 3/13/05)(SFC, 3/14/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 11, Some 12,000
Wisconsin citizens took part in an advisory poll on shooting
free-roaming domestic cats. 57% voted to allow shooting them. An
advisory committee dropped the issue May 13 following an outcry from
animal rights groups.
(Econ, 4/16/05, p.27)(SFC, 5/14/05, p.A2)
2005 Jul 3, Gaylord Nelson
(b.1916), former Wisconsin governor (1959-1963) and US senator
(1963-1981), died. He founded Earth Day (1970), and helped spawn the
modern environmental movement. Nelson was at the center of
legislation that resulted in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (1968),
the Clean Air Act (1970), and passage of the Endangered Species Act.
(AP, 7/3/05)(SFC, 7/4/05,
2005 Jul, The new Milwaukee
Public Market was set to open.
(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.E11)
2005 Oct 16, In Wisconsin a bus
carrying Chippewa Falls High School students home from a band
competition collided with a semi truck, killing five passengers near
2005 Oct 30, In Madison,
Wisconsin, police used pepper spray to break up rowdy Halloween
celebrations. Over 400 arrests were made mostly for alcohol-related
(SFC, 10/31/05, p.A3)
2006 Mar 12-2006 Mar 13, Swarms
of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest states of
Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and
Wisconsin. It caused so much damage in Springfield, Ill., that the
mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
2006 May 19, The NRA opened its
annual convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Wayne LaPierre, executive
VP, signed copies of his new book: “the Global War on Your Guns:
Inside the UN Plan to destroy the Bill of Rights.”
(Econ, 5/27/06, p.28)
2006 Aug 24, Deadly storms
swept across the northern Plains, bringing tornadoes that ripped
roofs off houses and hail that smashed car windshields. One man was
killed when a tornado hit his home in Minnesota, and in Wisconsin,
lightning apparently killed a dozen cows and struck a woman as she
left a supermarket.
2006 Sep 14, US federal health
officials said an outbreak a deadly strain of E. coli (0157:H7) had
left at least one person dead in Wisconsin over 100 others sick and
warned consumers not to eat bagged fresh spinach. The outbreak in 8
states soon extended to 25. The number sickened rose to at least
190. Most of the spinach crop at this time of the year comes from
California. A special effort was under way in the Salinas Valley of
California, a major leafy-vegetable growing region, to look for any
possible source of contamination there. The outbreak was traced to
California’s Natural Selection Foods of San Juan Bautista, which
recalled all suspect products. This was the same deadly strain that
in 1982 had sickened at least 47 people in Oregon and Michigan who
ate McDonald’s burgers. A surveillance system setup after a 1993
outbreak at the Jack-in-the-Box fast food chain helped single out
spinach as the likely source of this outbreak. A 2nd death on Sep
20, a 2-year-old boy in Idaho, was attributed to the spinach E.
coli. A 3rd death in late August, a woman (84) in Nebraska, was also
attributed to the spinach E. coli. On Sep 29 the FDA cleared spinach
from California’s Monterey, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.
(SFC, 9/23/06, p.A9)(WSJ, 9/25/06, p.A4)(SFC,
9/30/06, p.A5)(SFC, 10/7/06, p.A6)
2006 Sep 14, In Green Bay,
Wisc., police arrested two 17-year-olds, suspected of plotting a
shooting spree at East High School. William C. Cornell and Shawn R.
Sturtz were arrested for suspicion of conspiracy to commit
first-degree intentional homicide and conspiracy to commit arson.
Police found homemade bombs and weapons at their homes.
2006 Sep 29, In Cazenovia,
Wisconsin, Eric Hainstock (15) walked into Weston High School with a
shotgun. The principal confronted him in a corridor and was shot and
killed. Hainstock was taken into custody and all the children were
(AP, 9/29/06)(Econ, 10/7/06, p.38)
2006 Oct 20, US federal
authorities arrested Jake Brahm, a 20-year-old Wisconsin grocery
store clerk, for making a hoax threat that said seven football
stadiums across the nation would be targeted by terrorists with
radiological "dirty bombs" this weekend.
(AP, 10/20/06)(SFC, 10/21/06, p.A5)
2006 Dec 6, In Wisconsin a
propane gas leak led to a huge explosion in a west side Milwaukee
industrial area, killing three people at the Falk Corp. transmission
parts plant. 46 others were injured.
(SFC, 12/7/06, p.A3)
2006 The US Navy planned to
launch 2 versions of its new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS), currently
under construction in Wisconsin and Alabama.
(SFC, 6/16/06, p.A24)
2007 Jan 6, The body of Cha
Vang (30), a Hmong man, was found hidden under a log in a Wisconsin
wild life refuge. Vang had been shot and stabbed 5 times. On Nov 28
James Nichols (29) was sentenced to 69 years in prison for Vang’s
(SFC, 11/29/07, p.A3)
2007 Feb 24, In Arkansas
tornado winds injured 40 people and damaged dozens of homes and
businesses. The Midwest storm system was blamed for 8 traffic
deaths, 7 in Wisconsin and one in Kansas.
(SFC, 2/26/07, p.A4)
2007 Apr 1, Tommy Thompson,
former Wisconsin governor (GOP), announced that he is running for
(SFC, 4/2/07, p.A4)
2007 Jun 4, A small plane from
Milwaukee carrying a six-member organ transplant team and their
cargo of donor organs to Michigan crashed in Lake Michigan with no
2007 Jun 4, In Portage,
Wisconsin, Tammie Garlin was killed. Felicia Garlin (15) and
Michaela Clerc (20) had kicked her, then later that day carried her
into the bathroom, where Clerc dropped her head on the floor. A
roving band of suspected identity thieves buried her in the backyard
and locked her bloody and beaten 11-year-old son in an upstairs
closet. Authorities reached the house on June 14.
2007 Jun 7, Severe
thunderstorms spawned tornadoes, produced baseball-size hail and
dropped more than 6 inches of rain across the Upper Midwest, killing
a swimmer in Illinois. Four people in Wisconsin were injured, none
seriously. A northern Wisconsin resort was demolished by one of at
least five tornadoes that swept across the state.
2007 Jun 9, In Delavan,
Wisconsin, a shooting inside a home killed six people including twin
baby boys. A 1-year-old daughter was found wounded in a nearby
vehicle. Place later said Ambrosio Analco committed the murder and
(AP, 6/10/07)(SFC, 6/14/07, p.A3)
2007 Jun, A team from the Univ.
of Wisconsin claimed to have developed a biofuel, called
2,5-dimethlyfuran, with a 40% higher energy density than ethanol.
(Econ, 6/23/07, p.89)
2007 Aug 12, Tommy Thompson,
former governor of Wisconsin, said he was dropping out of the
Republican presidential campaign following his 6th place finish in
Iowa’s straw poll.
(SFC, 8/13/07, p.A2)
2007 Aug 22, The death toll
across the Upper Midwest and from the remnants of Tropical Storm
Erin that swept Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri over the past week rose
to at least 26. Three people were electrocuted by lightning at a bus
stop in Madison, Wis.
2007 Oct 7, In Crandon,
Wisconsin, Tyler Peterson (20), an off-duty sheriff's deputy, killed
six young people and critically wounded another, before he was shot
to death, during a homecoming weekend gathering. Relatives of the
victims said the rampage may have been fueled by a romantic dispute.
2007 Dec 16, Street and highway
crews were at work trying to clear roads across the Great Lakes
states into New England as a storm blamed for three deaths spread a
hazardous mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The storm was blamed
for at least 10 deaths including 4 in Indiana, 2 in Michigan and
Wisconsin, one in Pennsylvania and one in Nova Scotia.
(AP, 12/16/07)(SFC, 12/18/07,
2007 Dec 18, John Morgridge,
the retired chairman of Cisco Systems, and his wife Tashia, both
graduates from the Univ. of Wisconsin, announced that they are
donating $175 million to help low-income Wisconsin students attend
any of the state’s public colleges and universities. Morgridge’s
fortune was estimated at $2.1 billion.
(SFC, 12/19/07, p.C2)
2007 Dec 21, Ken Hendricks
(b.1941), creator of ABC Supply (1982), one of the largest US
roofing supply companies (1982), died. He used his wealth in part to
rebuilt his home town of Beloit, Wisconsin.
(WSJ, 12/29/07, p.A7)
2007 Dec 23, High wind and ice
coated power lines blacked out tens of thousands of people in the
Midwest. The storm was blamed for at least 22 deaths. At least 8
people in Minnesota, 5 in Wisconsin, 3 each in Indiana and Wyoming
and one each in Michigan, Texas and Kansas were killed in traffic
(AP, 12/23/07)(WSJ, 12/24/07, p.A1)(SFC,
2008 Jan 7, Tornadoes were
reported or suspected in southwest Missouri, southeastern Wisconsin,
Arkansas, Illinois and Oklahoma. Two people were killed in Missouri.
2008 Feb 19, Barack Obama won
Wisconsin (58%) and Hawaii (76%) adding to a primary season winning
streak that now totals 10. This put Hillary Rodham Clinton into a
virtual must-win scenario in Democratic contests coming early next
month in Texas and Ohio.
(AP, 2/20/08)(SFC, 2/21/08, p.A10)
2008 Mar 4, Gary Gygax
(b.1938), co-creator of the role-playing Dungeons & Dragons
game, died in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Gygax and David Arneson
founded Tactical Studies Rules (TSR) and published D&D in 1974.
In 1997 TSR was sold to Wizards of the Coast.
(WSJ, 3/8/08, p.A7)(Econ, 3/15/08, p.102)
2008 Mar 23, In Wisconsin
Madeline Neumann (11) died of complication from diabetes after her
parents prayed in lieu of seeking medical help. Both parents were
charged with reckless homicide.
2008 May 10, In Wisconsin a
medical helicopter crashed killing a surgeon, nurse and pilot.
(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A3)
2008 Jun 8, Wicked weekend
storms pounded the US from the Midwest to the East Coast, forcing
hundreds of people to flee flooded communities, spawning tornadoes
that tore up houses and killing at least eight people in Indiana
(1), Michigan (6), Connecticut (1). Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle
declared a state of emergency in 29 counties and President Bush
declared a major disaster in 29 Indiana counties, freeing up aid.
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver declared an emergency in nearly a third of the
state's 99 counties.
2008 Jul 4, In Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, early morning gunfire killed 2 men and 2 women on the
city’s north side.
(SFC, 7/4/08, p.A4)
2008 Jul 31, In Wisconsin a
gunman opened fire on a group of young adults from Michigan killing
3, aged 17-19, along the Menominee riverbank in the town of Niagara.
The next day police arrested Scott J. Johnson (38). He had a raped a
woman near the same site the evening before the murders. In 2009
Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
(AP, 8/2/08)(SFC, 5/22/09, p.A6)
2008 Oct 3, The Great Lakes
Governors (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin) applauded President George W. Bush for
signing a joint resolution of Congress providing consent to the
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.
It barred new diversions beyond the Great Lakes Basin.
2008 Dec 16, Melvin S. Cohen
(b.1918), longtime chairman of Wisconsin-based National Presto
(WSJ, 12/27/08, p.A7)
2008 Dec 31, SF ended the year
with 98 homicides. In Milwaukee, Wisc., the total number of
homicides dropped 32%, from 105 in 2007 to 71 in 2008, the lowest
number since 1985. Detroit had 344 slayings, a 13% drop from the 396
in 2007; Philadelphia's 332 killings were a 15% drop from the 392 in
2007; and the 234 homicides in Baltimore were 17% less than the 392
the year before. Cleveland recorded 102 homicides in 2008, down from
a 13-year high of 134 in 2007. Homicides in New York rose 5.2%, to
522 from 496 the year before. Slayings in Los Angeles were down to
376 in 2008 compared to 400 the prior year. Preliminary data in
Chicago showed 508 homicides were reported in 2008, the first time
the city had more than 500 murders since 2003 and about 15% more
than the 442 homicides reported in 2007. Washington, D.C., ended
2008 with 186 homicides, up from 181 in 2007.
(SFC, 1/2/09, p.1)(AP, 1/3/09)
2008 The new Harley-Davidson
Museum was scheduled to open in Milwaukee.
(SSFC, 4/3/05, p.E11)
2009 Mar 16, Wisconsin Gov. Jim
Doyle said the state will use "Live like you mean it" to promote the
state as a tourism and business destination, replacing the slogan
"Life's So Good."
2009 Mar 19, Josias Kumpf (83),
a former Nazi concentration-camp guard, was deported from Wisconsin
to Austria, despite objections from his lawyer that the guard was
simply present at the Trawniki Labor Camp in Poland but committed no
acts of persecution [see Nov 3, 1943].
2009 Apr 30, In Wisconsin Shane
Kettner (36) was arrested in Nelsonville for killing his estranged
girlfriend and 2 of their children.
(SFC, 5/5/09, p.A7)
2009 May 4, Wolves in parts of
the northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region come off the
endangered species list, opening them to public hunts in some states
for the first time in decades. States such as Idaho and Montana
planned to resume hunting the animals this fall, but no hunting has
been proposed in the Great Lakes region. About 300 wolves in Wyoming
will remain on the list because the US Fish and Wildlife Service
rejected the state's plan for a "predator zone" where wolves could
be shot on sight. An estimated 4,000 wolves lived in Michigan,
Wisconsin and Minnesota.
2009 May 18, In Guatemala Rev.
Lawrence Rosebaugh (74) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was shot and killed
by masked gunmen who stopped a car carrying him and four other
missionaries to a meeting in Playa Grande. He had put an
international spotlight on human rights abuses in Brazil in 1977.
2009 Jul 28, At the EAA
AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Aabar Investments, an Abu
Dhabi-based sovereign wealth fund, and Virgin Galactic signed a
strategic partnership in which Aabar would take a 32% stake in
Virgin Galactic for $280 million. To date Virgin Galactic has been
wholly owned and funded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.
(Econ, 9/12/09, p.87)(http://tinyurl.com/y8gtjad)
2009 Sep 5, Milwaukee police
arrested Walter Ellis (49) after DNA evidence linked him to the
slaying of 9 women, including 8 suspected prostitutes, dating back
to 1986. On Feb 18, 2011, Ellis was convicted in the deaths of 7
women and faced a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
(SFC, 9/8/09, p.A6)(SFC, 2/19/11, p.A6)
2009 Oct 23, US regulators shut
down 3 small banks in Florida and one each in Georgia, Illinois,
Minnesota and Wisconsin bringing the total for the year of failed US
banks to 106.
(SFC, 10/24/09, p.A6)
2009 Dec 3, Wisconsin police
found the bodies of 2 women and their 2 young daughters shot to
death in Madison. Police searched for Tyrone Adair (38), the father
linked to the deaths of his two young daughters and their mothers.
Adair was found dead of suspected suicide in his SUV on Dec 7.
(AP, 12/5/09)(SFC, 12/8/09, p.A12)
2009 Dec 9, A blizzard dumped
over a foot of snow across much of the Midwest and New England.
Nearly 19 inches fell in Madison, Wis., 16 inches was reported in
Des Moines, Iowa. At least 16 deaths were blamed on the storm.
(SFC, 12/10/09, p.A17)
2010 Apr 1, A US federal judge
struck down a Wisconsin law that prohibits transgender inmates from
receiving taxpayer funded hormone therapy to alter their appearance.
(SFC, 4/2/10, p.A7)
2010 Jul 19, Despite being
rebuffed twice by the US Supreme Court, five states (Michigan,
Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania) filed suit with a lower
court demanding tougher federal and municipal action to prevent
Asian carp from overrunning the Great Lakes and decimating their
2010 Aug 18, In Wisconsin the
bodies of a couple, their 13-month-old daughter, and their three
dogs were found dead at their home in Superior. Matthew Magdzas
(23), an Iraq war veteran, apparently shot and killed his pregnant
wife and young daughter before turning the gun on himself. He left
behind no clues to explain what might have prompted the bloodshed.
2010 Oct 21, The Guinness World
Records confirmed that a pumpkin grown in Wisconsin is officially
the world’s heaviest. Chris Stevens of New Richmond grew the1,810.5
pound gourd. It was 85 pounds heavier than the record set in Ohio in
(SFC, 10/22/10, p.A10)
2010 Nov 2, Iowa (Terry
Branstad), Kansas (Sam Brownback), Maine (Paul LePage), Michigan
(Rick Snyder), New Mexico (Susana Martinez), Ohio (John Kasich),
Oklahoma (Mary Fallin), Pennsylvania (Tom Corbett), Tennessee (Bill
Haslam), Wisconsin (Scott Walker), Wyoming (Matt Mead) all replaced
the Democratic governors with Republicans. Snyder (R) defeated
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by bragging about his managerial
(Econ, 11/6/10, p.45)
2010 Nov 29, In Wisconsin
sophomore Samuel Hengel (15) took 23 of his classmates and a teacher
hostage in a classroom at the Marinette High School, shooting
himself as police broke in. No one else was injured. Hengel died the
(Reuters, 11/30/10)(SFC, 12/1/10, p.A13)
2010 Dec 2, Dominican Rep.
authorities detained 18 military officials and two US pilots, Kevin
Kuranz and Christopher Smith, after stopping a cocaine-laden
airplane from taking off. The plane was owned by Wisconsin-based Air
Cargo Carriers LLC.
2010 Dec 13, Schools in
Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and other states closed because of snow
and low temperatures. Authorities worked frantically to reach
motorists in snow-covered northwest Indiana who were trapped in
their cars in biting temperatures.
2011 Feb 6, In Dallas, Texas,
Wisconsin’s Green Bay packers won Super Bowl XLV 31-25 win over the
2011 Jan 4, The archdiocese of
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, filed for bankruptcy becoming the 8th in the
US to do so. It had become besieged by lawsuits related to priests
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.36)
2011 Feb 17, In Wisconsin 14
Democratic lawmakers disappeared as the state Senate was about to
begin debating a measure by Gov. Scott Walker that would eliminate
collective bargaining for most state public employees. Protesters
filled the Capitol for a 3rd day.
(SFC, 2/18/11, p.A6)
2011 Feb 24, Wisconsin state
troopers were dispatched to try to find at least one of the 14
Senate Democrats who have been on the run for eight days to delay a
vote on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to strip collective
bargaining rights from nearly all public employees.
2011 Feb 26, In Wisconsin a
crowd estimated at more than 70,000 people waved American flags,
sang the national anthem and called for the defeat of a state plan
to curb public sector unions that has galvanized opposition from the
American labor movement.
2011 Mar 10, The Wisconsin
Assembly stripped a bill of its spending language and passed
legislation with only Republicans present taking away the collective
bargaining rights of the state’s government workers.
(SFC, 3/11/11, p.A6)
2011 Mar 11, Wisconsin Gov.
Scott Walker signed a bill taking away the collective bargaining
rights of the state’s government workers.
(SFC, 3/12/11, p.A9)
2011 Mar 12, In Wisconsin tens
of thousands of pro-labor protesters cheered its Democratic
lawmakers and vowed to focus on future elections.
(SSFC, 3/13/11, p.A10)
2011 Mar 20, In Wisconsin
suspect James Cruckson (30) opened fire on police during a standoff
in Fond du Lac killing Officer Craig Birkholz (28). Cruckson was
found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot.
(SFC, 3/21/11, p.A7)
2011 Mar 29, Wisconsin Circuit
Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that there should be no further
implementation of a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining
rights for public workers.
(SFC, 3/30/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 14, The Wisconsin
Supreme Court reinstated Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to all but end
collective bargaining for public workers.
(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A5)
2011 Jul 6, In Wisconsin the
dead bodies of 3- and 4-year-old Wisconsin brothers were found in a
parked car and the boyfriend of the children's mother was arrested.
2011 Aug 9, Wisconsin
Republicans held onto control of the state Senate, beating back 4
Democratic challengers in a recall election despite an intense
political backlash against GOP support for Gov. Walker's effort to
curb public employees' union rights. Democrats captured two seats.
(AP, 8/9/11)(SFC, 8/10/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 6, In Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Annette Morales-Rodriguez (33), who had faked a
pregnancy, kidnapped Maritza Ramirez Cruz (23), killed her and cut
out her full term fetus, who died in the process.
(SFC, 10/11/11, p.A6)
2011 Oct 8, In Wisconsin Scott
Anderson (56) was ordained as the first US Presbyterian church gay
minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Madison.
2011 Nov 19, Thousands of
people gathered at the Wisconsin capitol to demand a recall of
Republican Governor Scott Walker, whose controversial and successful
drive to limit public unions last winter sparked the biggest
protests in the state since the Vietnam War.
2012 Jan 5, In Wisconsin a
former aide close to Gov. Scott Walker and a Walker-appointee were
arrested on embezzlement charges.
(SFC, 1/6/12, p.A6)
2012 Jan 14, Laura Kaeppeler
(23), a beauty queen from Wisconsin, won the Miss America pageant in
Las Vegas after singing opera and strutting in a white bikini and
black beaded evening gown.
2012 Jan 17, In Wisconsin
opponents of Gov. Scott Walker submitted 1 million signatures for
his recall, far exceeding the 540,208 needed.
(SFC, 1/18/12, p.A7)
2012 Apr 3, Mitt Romney swept
Republican primaries in Maryland (47%), Wisconsin (42%) and
Washington, DC (70%).
(SFC, 4/4/12, p.A6)
2012 May 31, In Wisconsin
Darius Simmons (13), a black boy, was shot dead by his white
neighbor John Henry Spooner (75) after having stolen four guns from
Spooner. On July 17, 2013, a jury found Spooner guilty of
(SFC, 7/18/13, p.A7)
2012 Jun 5, Wisconsin Gov
.Scott Walker won his recall rematch with Tom Barrett, the
Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, by a larger margin than in 2010.
Walker became only the third governor to face a recall election—and
the first to survive one—since the Progressives came up with this
drastic remedy for bad governance more than a century ago.
(SFC, 6/6/12, p.A13)
2012 Aug 5, A gunman opened
fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and killed six people. He
was identified as Army veteran Wade Michael Page (40). Page, a
self-described member of the “Hammerskins Nation” of skinheads, died
after shooting himself in the head during an exchange of gunfire
with a wounded police officer outside the temple.
(AFP, 8/6/12)(SFC, 8/7/12, p.A4)(SFC, 8/9/12,
2012 Aug 11, Mitt Romney
announced he's selected Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice
presidential running mate.
(SSFC, 8/12/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 14, A Wisconsin judge
struck down nearly all of the 2011 state law championed by Gov.
Scott Walker that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for
most public workers.
2012 Oct 21, A shooting at a
spa near a Brookfield, Wis., mall left 3 women dead and four others
wounded in a scene of domestic violence. The suspected gunman,
Radcliffe Haughton (45), of Brown Deer, Wis., was found dead inside
(AP, 10/21/12)(SFC, 10/22/12, p.A5)
2013 Mar 2, In Kentucky a
tractor trailer plowed into an SUV killing 6 of 8 people, members of
an extended family from Marion, Wis.
(SFC, 2/4/13, p.A4)
2013 May, Dominion Power shut
down a nuclear plant in Wisconsin, that was licensed for another 20
years, due to the fall in the price of natural gas from increasing
(Econ, 6/1/13, p.26)
2013 Oct 26, Wisconsin’s
Milwaukee-based Garden-Fresh Foods recalled 50 more tons of chicken
and ham products over concern of possible listeria contamination.
The company first recalled 9 tons of food on Sep 25.
(SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A8)
2014 Feb 23, In Wisconsin three
men broke into a Madison home looking for money, found a couple
lying in bed and assaulted the woman, who was six months pregnant.
Efemia A. Neumaier told the assailants they'd find at least $1,500
in cash in the home of the man she was seeing, but that the men
broke into the wrong home. Michon A. Thomas, Eric D. Bass and
Kristopher J. Hughes all faced robbery and sexual assault charges.
2014 Apr 10, US wildlife
agencies in Michigan and Wisconsin said they have confirmed
diagnoses of white-nose syndrome in tested bats. The fungal disease
has killed millions on North American bats since 2006 and has now
been detected in half of the US.
(SFC, 4/11/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 29, A federal judge
struck down Wisconsin’s voter ID law declaring that it imposes an
unfair burden on poor and minority voters.
(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 30, In Milwaukee
Dontre Hamilton (31), a mentally ill man, died after he was shot 14
times by police Officer Christopher Manney following a scuffle.
Manney was fired in October.
2014 May 31, In Wisconsin two
girls (12) stabbed a friend (12) 19 times in a park following a
slumber party in Waukesha to please a demon-like creature they
learned about on creepypasta.wikia.com. On Aug 1 a judge ruled that
one of the girls is mentally incompetent and can’t stand trial.
(SFC, 6/3/14, p.A6)(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 6, In Wisconsin gay
couples began getting married after a federal judge struck down the
state’s same-sex marriage ban.
(SFC, 6/7/14, p.A4)
2014 Jun 13, A federal judge in
Madison, Wis., issued an order postponing her decision striking down
Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, pending
the outcome of an expected appeal. More than 550 same-sex couples in
the state cited her June 6 decision in order to get married over the
past seven days.
2014 Jun 26, In Wisconsin
Steven Zelich (52), a former police officer, was charged with two
counts of hiding a corpse. He was suspected of in the deaths of two
women whose bodies were stuffed into suitcases and discarded on a
(SFC, 6/27/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 31, The Wisconsin
Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the 2011 law that effectively ended
collective bargaining for most public workers.
2014 Oct 6, The US Supreme
Court denied review of cases in five states that had limited
marriage to opposite sex couples. This in effect granted equal
marriage rights to gays and lesbians in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah,
Virginia and Wisconsin.
(SFC, 10/7/14, p.A1)