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On This Day: July 18

1865 - (Civil War) Four Wisconsin regiments muster out

The 3rd and 18th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and the 1st and 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries mustered out. For details on their service, see the Civil War Regiments page.

1921 - UW Athlete Wins First NCAA Track Meet

On this date UW-Madison athlete Lloyd Wilder became the school's first champion in the first NCAA track and field meet, held at the University of Chicago. Wilder cleared 12 feet in the pole vault to finish in a four-way tie for first. Tom Jones, who served as track coach at Wisconsin from 1913-48, initiated the first NCAA meet and was inducted into the National Track & Field Hall of Fame in 1977. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]