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On This Day: May 9

1822 - U.S. Congressman Ithamar Conkey Sloan Born

On this date, Ithamar Conkey Sloan, brother of Andrew Scott Sloan, was born in Morrisville, N.Y. He moved to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1854 where he practiced law. He served as district attorney of Rock County from 1858 to 1862 and was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1867). Sloan moved to Madison in 1875 and served as dean of the law department of the University of Wisconsin. He also served as special counsel for the State of Wisconsin from 1874 to 1879 in the Granger law cases. Sloan died in Janesville, Rock County on December 24, 1898, and is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery. [Source: Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress]

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia

The Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia, lasted from May 8-21, 1864, and pitted 100,000 Union troops against 52,000 Confederates. When the two weeks were over, about 11,000 Union soldiers had been killed or wounded without any clear victory for either side. The 2nd, 5th, 6th and 7th Wisconsin Infantry regiments fought at Spotsylvania on May 8, 1864, and during the entire Spotsylvania Campaign (May 8-21, 1864). The 36th Infantry fought at Spotsylvania May 18-21, 1864.

1950 - First Sporting Event Held at Milwaukee Arena

On this date, in the first sporting event at the new Milwaukee Arena, Rocky Graziano scored a fourth-round TKO over Vinnie Cidone in a middleweight fight that drew 12,813 fans.  The new Milwaukee Arena actually opened on April 9, 1950, but with a civic celebration rather than a sports event. [Source: Milwaukee Journal]