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On This Day: January 19

1865 - (Civil War) 15th Wisconsin Infantry Praised in Chicago

The 15th Wisconsin Infantry was received in Chicago on its way back home to Madison. The regiment was honored by the city for its accomplishments. It had fought in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Orchard Knob, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Resaca, and Kennesaw Mountain. Ninety-four of its members had died from combat and another 242 from disease.

1939 - Chicken Plucking World Record

On January 19, 1939 Ernest Hausen (1877 - 1955) of Ft. Atkinson set the world's record for chicken plucking. [Source: Guiness Book of World's Records, 1992]

1976 - Milwaukee Schools Ordered to Desegregate

On this date Federal District Judge John Reynolds ruled that the Milwaukee Public Schools were illegally segregated in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment rights of the students, and ordered the Milwaukee Board of School Directors to take immediate steps to desegregate the public schools. [Source: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Archives Department]