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On This Day: December 2

1864 - (Civil War) Skirmish Near Yazoo City, Mississippi

The 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry fought in a skirmish near Yazoo City, Mississippi. The cavalry was eventually forced to retreat with light casualties.

1904 - Thaddeus Francis Boleslaw Wasielewski Born

On this date Thaddeus Francis Boleslaw Wasielewski was born in Milwaukee. He practiced law in Milwaukee and served as census supervisor in 1940. Wasielewski was served as a Democrat in the U.S. Congress from January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1947. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1948 and a member of the Wisconsin State Central Committee from 1942 to 1948. He resumed the practice of law and resided in Milwaukee until his death on April 25, 1976. He is buried in St. Adalbert's Cemetery. [Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress]

1920 - Composer and Pianist Robert Moevs Born

On this date composer and pianist Robert Walter Moevs was born in La Crosse. Moevs studied music at Harvard University and at the Paris Conservatory from 1947 to 1951. He taught at Harvard from 1955 to 1963. Moevs was on staff at Rutgers University from 1964 to 1981, where he served as Professor from 1968 and Music Department Chairman from 1974 to 1981. Moevs was influenced by Boulez and described his own composition method as `systematic chromaticism', a modified serial technique. Moevs received a Guggenheim Fellow in 1962.

1950 - Algoma Native Wins for Navy

On this date Algoma native and quarterback Bob Zastrow led Navy to a 14-2 upset over Army before 102,000 fans in Philadelphia. Zastrow scored one touchdown on a 7-yard run and passed 30 yards for the other. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

1954 - McCarthy Censured by Senate

On December 2, 1954, the United States Senate voted to censure Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy. Declaring his behavior "contrary to senatorial traditions," the 1954 Senate resolution officially condemned McCarthy's reign of anti-communist terror.

1960 - Amanda Freedy Zimmerman Dies

On this date Amanda Freedy Zimmerman, wife of Governor Frederick Robert Zimmerman, died in Milwaukee. She was born on January 6, 1882, in Raymond township, Racine County. In Milwaukee, she met and married a local milk dealer, Frederick Robert Zimmerman. She served as first lady of Wisconsin from 1927 to 1929. The Zimmerman's raised two sons, Robert Charles and Frederick Underwood. Amanda Zimmerman was an enthusiast of floriculture and won garden club prizes for her zinnias. She was an accomplished pianist and in her later years, studied the pipe organ at UW School of Music. Amanda Freedy Zimmerman is buried in Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin - The Governors' Wives by Nancy G. Williams, p.147]