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On This Day: December 3

1861 - (Civil War) Federal Government Centralizes Recruitment

The federal government issued an order on this day stating that recruitment would no longer be run by state executives. Instead, the U.S. government would oversee the process and make sure that the army did not grow too large to manage.

1947 - First TV Station in Wisconsin Established

On this date the first TV station in Wisconsin, WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, was established. The seventeenth television station in the country, WTMJ-TV was the first in the Midwest. [Source: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Libraries]