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On This Day: March 24

1863 - (Civil War) Reconaissance in Missouri

The 1st Wisconsin Cavalry participated in a scouting expedition from Bloomfield to Scatterville, Missouri.

1874 - Harry Houdini Born

On this date magician Harry Houdini was born in Budapest, though he later claimed to have been born on April 6, 1874, in Appleton, Wisconsin. At the age of 9 he left Appleton, where his family had emigrated, for New York City, and began his career as an escape artist and magician. [Source: Houdini.org]