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On This Day: April 8

1865 - (Civil War) Battle of Spanish Fort, Alabama, ends

While the main Union army was chasing Robert E. Lee across Virginia, other Union forces, including the 8th, 11th, 14th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 33rd, and 35th Wisconsin Infantry regiments, captured Spanish Fort and seized control of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

1905 - First High School Basketball Tournament

On this date Fond du Lac won the Lawrence College Invitational, the first high school basketball tournament held not only in Wisconsin, but in the United States. [Source: Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association]

1939 - Gov. Martin Schreiber Born

On this date Martin James Schreiber was born in Milwaukee. Schreiber studied at Valparaiso University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before getting a law degree from Marquette University. During law school he was elected and twice reelected to the state senate. In 1970 Schreiber was elected lieutenant governor under Patrick Lucey. Lucey resigned in 1977 and Schreiber finished the term. Schreiber served as Wisconsin's governor from 1977 to 1979. [Source: First Ladies of Wisconsin, The Governors' Wives, by Nancy G. Willisams]