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On This Day: November 11

1862 - (Civil War) Arkansas scouting expedition

The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry participated in a scouting mission from Springfield to Huntsville and Yellville, Arkansas.

1915 - William Proxmire Born

On this date William Proxmire was born in Lake Forest, Illinois. Proxmire, a graduate of both Yale and Harvard, served in the Military Intelligence Service during World War II. He was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1951 and ran unsucessfully as the Democratic candidate for governor in 1952, 1954, and 1956. He did however successfully campaign for the United States Senate seat left open by the death of Joseph McCarthy in 1957. Proxmire held this seat until January 3, 1989. You can learn more about him, as well as see photos and read some of his his newsletters to constituents, in our Turning Points in Wisconsin History collection. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1919 - Oneida Street Station Burns Coal Continuously

On this date pulverized coal was successfully burned continuously and at high efficiencies in furnaces of stationary steam boilers at the Oneida Street Station in Milwaukee. This resulted in a reduction of electricity costs and conserved fuel resources. Learn more about the introduction of electrical power in Wisconsin here, in the pictures, articles and pamphlets at Turning Points in Wisconsin History. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride]

1944 - UW Player Dies

On this date UW quarterback Allan Shafer died in a Madison hospital after sustaining an injury in a football game against Iowa at Camp Randall Stadium. Shafer, 17, died of pulmonary edema, a hemorrhage of the lungs.

1964 - Rolling Stones Play Milwaukee

On this date the Rolling Stones first performed in Wisconsin, to a crowd of 1,274 fans at Milwaukee Auditorium. Although Brian Jones remained in a Chicago hospital with a high fever, the rest of the band performed. According to a dubious reporter for the Milwaukee Journal, "Chances are, few in the audience missed his [Jones'] wailing harmonica. Screams from a thousand throats drowned out all but the most insistent electronic cacaphony and the two-fisted smashes of drummer Charlie Watts." The reporter continued, "Unless someone teaches guitar chords to chimpanzees, the visual ultimate has been reached in the Rolling Stones. With shoulder length hair and high heeled boots, they seemed more feminine than their fans. The Stones make the Beatles look like clean cut kids. You think it must be some kind of parody - but the little girls in front paid $5.50 a seat." [Source: Milwaukee Journal November 12, 1964, p.14]