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On This Day: August 29

1862 - (Civil War) Union forces defeated at Second Bull Run

The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments fought in the Second Battle of Bull Run. On the first day, outnumbered Confederate troops had managed to hold on until 28,000 reinforcements arrived. On the second day, August 29, they conducted the largest mass assault of the war, crushing the Union adversaries and forcing a wholesale retreat toward Washington, D.C.

1923 - Lester Trimble Born

On this date composer Lester Albert Trimble was born in Bangor, Wisconsin. Raised in Milwaukee, Trimble went on to study with the famed Russian-born composer Lopatnikoff at Carnegie-Mellon University. Trimble was named a Guggenheim Fellow for music composition in 1964. In 1971 he joined Juilliard School of Music as a critic and teacher. His compositions show concern with thematic unity (e.g. the Symphony No.2, 1968). In later years, he used newer techniques and wrote for the harpsichord (Concerto, 1978). He was also the first resident composer with the New York Philharmonic. Trimble died in New York on December 31, 1986. [Source:Music and Vision]

1930 - First Air Crash Fatalities in Janesville

On this date the first air crash fatalities in Rock County occured when a plane went down between Janesville and Milton. The crash killed the student pilot and his passenger. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

1946 - Artist John Steuart Curry Dies

On this date artist John Steuart Curry died in Madison. Curry was born in Dunavant, Kansas. Curry's family on both sides settled Kansas as free-staters. He studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, the Chicago Art Institute, in Paris, France (drawing), and the Art Student's League in New York, where he also later taught. He worked as an illustrator for many years, as a mural painter for the Works Project Administration (WPA). He was appointed the first artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin in 1937 and remained in Madison until his death. His most famous Great Lakes regional picture, Wisconsin Landscape (plate 11), was purchased by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1942. Curry also traveled with the Ringling Brothers Circus one year. He painted murals in the Kansas State Capitol and the Department of Justice Building in Washington, D.C. John Steuart Curry was hailed in 1934 by Time Magazine as one of the three leading Regionalist American artists of his time, along with Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. During the 1930s, these artists were known for their depictions of the Midwestern region. He died of a stroke in Madison, Wisconsin. [Source: Online NewsHour]

1948 - Fountain City Air Crash Kills 37

On this day, Northwest Airlines flight 421 left Chicago for Minneapolis shortly before 4:00pm. An hour later, just after passing LaCrosse, the plane entered a thunderstorm. Unbeknownst to the crew, its left wing had been weakened by a hairline fracture. The tip broke off, tearing away the tail section as it fell, and the aircraft came apart 8,000 feet over the Mississippi Valley. Its wreckage came down on the township of Fountain City, leaving a debris field nearly 2 miles long. 37 people died. [Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Aug. 28, 2008]