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On This Day: October 10

1861 - (Civil War) 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Wisconsin Light Artillery Batteries Muster In

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries mustered in. Recruited in various towns around the state, these batteries gathered at Camp Utley in Racine for training. They spent three months learning how to transport and operate their cannons before heading to different parts of the Southern front in January 1862. See the Regiments page for the history of individual units.

1931 - Burleigh Grimes Helps Win World Series

On this date Emerald, Wisconsin native, Burleigh Grimes, was the winning pitcher as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 4-2, in the seventh game of the World Series. Grimes, the last legal spitballer in professional baseball, pitched 8 innings of shutout ball before being relieved in the ninth inning. [Source: Baseball Hall of Fame]

1938 - Composer Gloria Coates Born

On this date Gloria Coates was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. Coates obtained success early in her composing career, winning a National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Contest at age 12. She went on to earn a Masters of Music from Louisiana State University and completed post graduate studies at Columbia University and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Gloria Coates' canon of work, performed by leading symphonies, soloists and ensembles, includes compositions for orchestra, chamber and solo music, vocal and choral music, live electronic and music for the theater. [Source: American Music Center]

1959 - Bradley Whitford Born

On this date Bradley Whitford, star of NBC's "West Wing, was born. Whitford was raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Madison East High School on June 4, 1977. He went on to study theater and English literature at Wesleyan University and earned a master's degree in theater from the prestigious Juilliard Theater Center. Besides his award-winning role as Deputy Director Josh Lymon on "West Wing, he has appeared in several films such as "Scent of a Woman," "A Perfect World," "Philadelphia," "The Client," "Presumed Innocent" and "My Fellow Americans." He has guest starred on such hit series as "ER," "The X-Files" and "NYPD Blue." Whitford lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jane Kaczmarek, also a Wisconsin native, and their children. [Source: International Movie Database]

1963 - Rock County Residents Vaccinated for Polio

On this date, "Sabin Oral Sunday," 88,816 Rock County residents were urged to visit clinics to drink their oral vaccine. Although the cost was 25 cents per person, the polio vaccine was given free to those who could not afford it. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

1969 - Quarterback Brett Favre Born

On this date three time MVP Brett Lorenzo Favre, Green Bay Packer's quarterback, was born in Gulfport, Mississippi. Favre grew up in Kiln, Mississippi, played high school football and went on to play at Southern Mississippi, where he was initially recruited as a defensive back. He worked his way into the back-up quarterback position and eventually started games for the Golden Eagles. He finished his career at Southern Mississippi as school leader in passing yards, passing attempts and completions. Favre was selected in the second round of the 1991 draft by the Atlanta Falcons, where he attempted five passes, had no completions and two interceptions. He was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1992 and began his career with Packers in earnest when Don "Majik Man" Majikowski was injured in the second game of the 1992 season. Brett Favre has gone on to lead the Green Bay Packers to several NFC championships as well as a victory in Super Bowl XXXI. At the start of the 2007-2008 season, Number 4 held the record for most career starts, ranked second in touchdowns (376), second in completions (4,306), third in attempts (7,003) and third in yards (49,734) in league and was third in all time quarterback wins. Since then Favre has gone on to become the all-time winningest quarterback in NFL history. [Source: ESPN]

1982 - Brewers Win the Pennant

On this date the Brewers won the American League Pennant, securing their spot in the 79th World Series against the National League's St. Louis Cardinals. The Brewers bounced back from a poor start in the series to become the first team ever to win the League Championship Series after being down 0-2 in the five day series. [Source: Milwaukee Brewers]