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On This Day: May 26

1864 - (Civil War) Skirmish at Lanes Prairie, Missouri

The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry participated in a skirmish at Lanes Prairie, Missouri.

1884 - Charles Winninger Born

On this date actor Charles Winninger was born in Athens, Wisconsin. After leaving school at age 9 to join his family's vaudeville act, Winninger went on to join stock and touring theatrical companies. Winninger was both a talented comic actor and gifted dancer, making him an ideal player in musicals and revues. His resume inlcudes The Yankee Girl (1910), The Cohan Revue (1916 and 1918), the Shubert's Passing Show (1919), and the Ziegfeld Follies of 1920. Winninger is best known for originating the role of Captain Andy in Showboat, a role which he reprised for the 1932 revival and the 1936 film version. Ironically, his first acting job came on a Mississippi showboat, however the roll of the river made him sick. He was married for several years to musical comedy star Blanche Ring. Winninger died on January 19, 1969, in Palm Springs, California. [Source: Musicals101.com]

1884 - Alexander Wiley Born

On this date Alexander Wiley was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Wiley obtained his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, practiced in Chippewa Falls and served as district attorney of Chippewa County from 1909 to 1915. Wiley was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1938 and was reelected in 1944, 1950, and again in 1956. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1962. While a Senator, Wiley served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary (Eightieth Congress) and the Committee on Foreign Relations (Eighty-third Congress). Wiley resided in Washington, D.C. until a few days before his death on May 26, 1967. He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1997 - Sixty Arrested at Weedstock Festival

On this date sixty festival attendees were arrested at the 8th annual Weedstock Festival, a pro-marijuana event in Ferryville. [Source: Timeline Wisconsin]