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On This Day: June 30

1862 - (Civil War) Battle of White Oak, Virginia

The Battle of White Oak was fought during the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia. The 5th Wisconsin Infantry and Co. G of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters took part.

1940 - Babe Wins in Wauwatosa

On this date Babe Didrikson beat Lucille Mann of Milwaukee, in the 36-hole final at the Women's Western Open professional golf tournament at Blue Mound Country Club in Wauwatosa. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online]

1951 - Final Line of Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. Abandoned

On this date the final line of the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. was abandoned. At one time, the company's system extended west to Madison, north to Sheboygan, and south to Kenosha. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p. 29]

1966 - National Organization for Women Founded

On this date the National Organization for Women was founded by 28 women attending the Third National Conference of the Commission on the Status of Women in Washington, D.C. One of these women was Sparta, Wisconsin native Kathryn Clarenbach. At the time, Clarenbach was head of the Wisconsin Commission on the Status of Women. Kathryn Clarenbach was elected NOW's first Chair of the Board and Betty Friedan, NOW's first President. The National Organization for Women was first housed in Clarenbach's faculty office at UW-Madison campus. NOW's first organizing conference was held four months later in Washington, D.C. [Source: Wisconsin Women's Council]