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On This Day: July 20

1832 - Third Lake Passage

On this date during the Black Hawk War of 1832, Black Hawk led approximately 700 Sac, Fox and Kickapoo Indians through the juncture of the Yahara River and Lake Monona (then known as the Third Lake Passage)in present day Madison. Black Hawk was fleeing the pursuing military. [Source: History Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers edited by Sarah Davis McBride, p. 90]

1864 - (Civil War) Battle of Peach Tree Creek, Georgia

The Battle of Peach Tree Creek erupted in Georgia during the Atlanta Campaign. The 1st, 3rd, 10th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 24th and 26th Wisconsin Infantry regiments along with the 5th Wisconsin Light Artillery took part in this battle.

1903 - First Car in Ashland

On this date Doctor J.A. Marchessault arrived in the first automobile (an Oldsmobile) to be seen in Ashland. Fellow Ashlander John C. Chapple loaded up the car with Daily Presses and drove to Washburn and Bayfield to deliver the news of Pope Leo's death. [Source: "B" Book: Beer Bottles, Brawls, Boards, Brothels, Bibles, Battles & Brownstone by Tony Woiak, p. 5]

1952 - Milwaukee Native Wins Olympic Silver

On this date Ken Wiesner, a Milwaukee native, won the silver medal in the high jump at the Olympic Games in Helsinki by clearing 6 feet 7 inches. Wiesner, a student at Marquette University, won or shared the NCAA high jump title three straight years, from 1944 to 1946. [Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentintel]

1976 - Hank Aaron Hits Record Home Run

On this date Hank Aaron hit his 755th and last home run at Milwaukee County Stadium against the California Angels. [Source: Milwaukee Brewers]