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This Day in Wisconsin History


1857 - Panic of 1857


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


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


On this date a car bomb exploded outside