This Day in Wisconsin History
On This Day: August 31
1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Jonesborough, Georgia
The Battle of Jonesborough was fought during the Atlanta Campaign as Union troops seized essential railroad supply lines into the city. The 1st, 12th, 16th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 25th and 32nd Wisconsin Infantry regiments along with the 5th and 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries fought in this battle.
1897 - Actor Frederic March Born
On this date actor Frederic March (Ernest Frederick Bickel) was born today in Racine, Wisconsin. He stared in many successful movies including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Best Years of Our Lives, Death of a Salesman, and Death Takes a Holiday. [Source: Internet Movie Database]
1929 - Kohler Line Air Service Begins Passenger Service
On this date the Kohler Line Air Service commenced air passenger service across Lake Michigan. The service based its winter operations at General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p. 28]
1941 - First Lady Sue Ann Thompson Born
On this date the wife of Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson was born in Monroe County, Wisconsin. She earned a degree in elementary and seconday education from the Viterbo College in La Crosse. She was a Franciscan nun for five years in La Crosse but left the order and began her teaching career. Sue Ann Thompson taught school and raised their three children in Elroy while her husband focused on his political career. She therefore traveled frequently between Elroy and Madison. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin; The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.246-249]
1961 - Wisconsin Workers Compensation Law Celebrated
On this date, in ceremonies hosted by President John F. Kennedy on the south lawn of the White House, the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation law was commemorated with a 4-cent stamp to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its enactment as the first worker's compensation law in the nation.