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On This Day: November 15

1869 - Gaiety Theater Burns in Milwaukee

On this date the Gaiety Theater burned during a theatrical performance that included a sword duel. During a particularly chaotic fight sequence, a kerosene lamp was broken, igniting the scenery. The flames spread quickly, causing panic to ensue among the capacity-filled crowd. As a result, two people died and many others were injured. [Source: History of Milwaukee, Vol. II, p.276]

1887 - Georgia O'Keeffe Born

On this date Georgia O'Keeffe was born in Sun Prairie. She studied at the Chicago Art Institute from 1904 to 1905. In 1907 she relocated to New York to study at the Arts Students League with William Chase. In 1926 she unveiled her now famous flower paintings. She received much of her artistic inspiration from her surroundings in New Mexico, where she settled permanently in 1946. O'Keeffe was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. Georgia O'Keeffe died in 1986 in Santa Fe. [Source: Wisconsin Women: A Gifted Heritage]

1922 - Myron "Pinkey" Mitchell Proclaimed Champion

On this date Milwaukee native Myron "Pinkey" Mitchell was named Junior Welterweight Champion of the World as the result of a poll taken by the magazine Boxing Blade. Although the division wasn't generally recognized in boxing circles, the Ring Record Book listed Mitchell as the titleholder until 1926. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]