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On This Day: July 15

1855 - Cornerstone Laid for Seminary

On this date the cornerstone was laid for St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. Founded by Father Joseph Salzmann in the early 1850s, the Seminary took its first class of 25 students in 1855 and held its first ordination ceremony in 1859.

1862 - (Civil War) Skirmish near Fayetteville, Arkansas

On the July 15 1862, the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry participated in an action near Fayetteville, Arkansas.

1980 - Western Wisconsin Derecho

The Western Wisconsin Derecho was a severe weather system that moved through several western counties on July 15, 1980. It cut a 20-mile-wide swath through St Croix, Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa, and Clark counties. Although much of the storm's damage was caused by straight-line winds in excess of 100 mph, several tornadoes were also reported. The storm caused nearly $160M in damage (1980 dollars) and killed three people.