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On This Day: October 20

1856 - Frederick Douglass Speaks in Beaver Dam

On this date Frederick Douglass arrived in Beaver Dam and spoke about the brutality and immorality of slavery. His speech was also intended to generate support for the abolitionist movement in Dodge Co. and Wisconsin. A former runaway slave and leading orator and author of the abolitionist movement, Douglass is regarded as one of the most influential Americans of the 19th century. [Source: Wisconsin Local History Network]

1863 - (Civil War) Fairchild Commissioned Brigadier General

General Lucius Fairchild was promoted to brigadier general in honor of his service during the war. Two weeks later Fairchild resigned to become Wisconsin's Secretary of State. He would later become the state's governor.

1949 - Really Huge Fish Caught

On this date a record-breaking muskellunge ("muskie") was caught on the Chippewa Flowage near Hayward. The fish weighed 69 pounds, 11 ounces. The muskie became the official state fish of Wisconsin in 1955.

1962 - Vocational Rehabilitation Center for the Deaf Dedicated

On this date dedication ceremonies were held for the Vocational Rehabilitation Center for the Deaf in Delavan. The facility continues to provide services for eligible adult deaf persons.

1982 - Brewers in the World Series

On this date the Milwaukee Brewers played game seven against the St. Louis Cardinals in the "Suds Series" to be crowned Major League Baseball World Champions.  The Cardinals won the series 4 games to 3 to be named World Champs. [Source: Baseball Almanac]