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On This Day: December 31

1862 - (Civil War) Battle of Stones River, Tennessee, begins

The Battle of Stones River began on this day near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The 1st, 10th, 15th, 21st and 24th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries took part. Stones River had a higher percentage of casualties than any other major Civil War battle, 38 percent of participants were killed, wounded, or missing. The 15th Wisconsin Infantry won a citation from Union commanders "for bravery and coolness under fire" on this day. Both the 10th and 15th regiments fought only on the first day because they lost so many men they could not continue.

1967 - Green Bay Packers Triumph in "Ice Bowl"

On this date the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys played in what many consider to be the greatest game in NFL history - The Ice Bowl. With the thermometer dipping to a shocking 13 below zero and a wind chill of minus 46, Bart Starr scored the winning touchdown from the 1-yard line with 13 seconds remaining, sealing a record third straight championship for the Packers, their fifth in seven years. Green Bay defeated Dallas, 21-17, to win the NFL Championship. [Source: Pro Football Hall of Fame]