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1857 - Panic of 1857

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On this date the New York branch of the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company failed, launching the Panic of 1857. Stocks plunged; banks and businesses across the nation, including many Wisconsin-based ventures, collapsed. The Panic of 1857 led to a depression that lasted three years until the beginning of the Civil War. [Source:



1863 - (Civil War) Lt. Vilas returns to the front

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Lieutenant William F. Vilas of the 23rd Wisconsin Infantry, along with several other Wisconsin officers, left for Mississippi after being home on leave. Vilas later wrote a long account of the Vicksburg Campaign.



1970 - Sterling Hall Bombing on UW-Madison Campus

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On this date a car bomb exploded outside