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On This Day: June 8

1864 - (Civil War) Eighth day at Cold Harbor, Virginia

From May 31- June 12, 1864, more than 160,000 men clashed at Cold Harbor, Virginia, during the Wilderness Campaign. The 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 36th Wisconsin Infantry regiments took part. On June 8, both sides stopped fighting long enough to bury the dead, which were rotting in the heat of the Virginia summer. The 36th Infantry interred 400 bodies in front of their trenches.

1867 - Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Born

On this date Frank Lincoln Wright (he changed his middle name after his parents divorced) was born in Richland Center. An architect, author, and social critic, Wright's artistic genius demonstrated an extraordinary capacity to create architectural space and vocabulary that drew inspiration from both nature and technology. The son of William Cary Wright, a lawyer and music teacher, and Anna Lloyd Jones, a school teacher, Frank Lloyd Wright's family moved to Madison in 1877 to be near Anna's family in Spring Green. Wright briefly studied civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, after which he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in architecture. Wright started his own firm in 1893 and between 1893 and 1901, 49 buildings designed by Wright were built. Some notable Frank Lloyd Wright structures in Wisconsin include S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc. Administration Building in Racine, the A.D. German Warehouse in Richland Center, and Taliesin and Hillside in Spring Green. The Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison was also based on Wright's design. Frank Lloyd Wright died on April 9, 1959, in Phoenix, Arizona. [Source: American National Biography, Vol. 24, 1999, p.15]

1984 - Barneveld Tornado

Just after midnight, about 90 percent of the town of Barneveld was destroyed. 93 homes were flattened and 64 were damaged. Seventeen of 18 businesses and public buildings in the village were obliterated. This tornado was rated a F5 on the Fujita Scale, the highest rating that a tornado can achieve. More information is available from NOAA's page on this tornado

2000 - H. H. Bennett Studio and History Center Dedicated

On this date the H.H. Bennett Studio and History Center, a Wisconsin Historical Society site in the Wisconsin Dells, was dedicated. Oliver and Jean Dyer Reese, who gave the historic studio and their collection of Bennett's original glass-plate negatives to the Society for operation as its newest historic site, were on hand to cut the ribbon. The occasion represented the culmination of the Reeses' longstanding dream to turn over the property and the collection to the Society. They had operated the historic studio since the 1940s, the last generation of H. H. Bennett's family to do so. The Bennett Studio and History Center is the ninth WHS site. [Wisconsin Historical Society]