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On This Day in Wisconsin History

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On This Day: April 21

1838 - John Muir Born
On this date John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. He immigrated with his family to Wisconsin in 1849 and spent his youth working on his father's farms in Marquette County, experiences that are recounted in The Story of My Boyhood and Youth (1913). In 1868 he moved to Yosemite Valley, California, where he became a conservationist and leader in the forest preserve movement. His work led to the creation of the first national parks, the saving of California's redwoods, and the founding of the Sierra Club. [Source:  Dictionary of Wisconsin Biography, SHSW 1960, pg. 261]

1859 - Belle Case La Follette Born
On this date Belle Case LaFollette was born in the village of Summit, Juneau County. She was an outstanding student and entered the University of Wisconsin in 1875, where she met her future husband, Robert M. La Follette. Belle taught school in Baraboo while Robert completed law school at UW. Upon his graduation, they were married and settled in Madison. A lifetime activist, she was the first woman to graduate from Wisconsin University Law School and the first woman to be admitted to the bar. She was a friend of Carrie Chapman Catt, a member of many national suffrage organizations, and remembered as a clever politician and worthy advisor to her husband and sons, Robert M. La Follette Jr. and Philip F. La Follette. [Source: State Bar of Wisconsin]

1864 - (Civil War) Action at Red Bone, Mississippi
The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry participated in a minor action at Red Bone, Mississippi.

1967 - GM Produces 100 Millionth Vehicle
On this date General Motors manufactured its 100 millionth vehicle at its factory in Janesville. Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Jack B. Olson and GM President James M. Roche celebrated with workers as the anniversary vehicle rolled off the line in Janesville. The blue, two-door Chevrolet Caprice was taken to GM's birthplace, Flint, Michigan, where it was enshrined. The story of Wisconsin's automobile industry is documented on the Automobile Culture page of Turning Points in Wisconsin History. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

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