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On This Day: September 28

1839 - Frances E. Willard Born Today

On this date prohibitionist Frances E. Willard was born in New York. As a child, her family moved to Janesville, Wisconsin where her father ran a farm. She attended Female College of Milwaukee for one year and finished her college degree at the Woman's College of Northwestern University. She became associated with the evangelist movement, along with Dwight Moody and was elected president of the National Women's Temperance Union in 1879. She zealously participated in the fight for prohibition and she helped organize the Prohibition Party in 1882. During the same year she was elected president of the National Council of Women. She later founded and served as president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in 1883. At the time of her death in 1898, she was the first woman honored to have her statue chosen for the National Statuary Hall Collection. [Source: The Architect of the Capitol]

1862 - (Civil War) 16th Wisconsin Infantry Protect Civilians

The 16th Wisconsin Infantry arrived at Redbone Church, 11 miles from Vicksburg, Mississippi, to protect civilians as they fled the city (Source: E.B. Quiner's Military History of Wisconsin (Chicago, 1866), page 638)

1913 - Milwaukee Brewers Clinch Pennant

On this date the Milwaukee Brewers, a team associated with the city of Milwaukee and not the current day Brewers, clinched their first American Association pennant by beating Louisville, 3-1, in the first game of a doubleheader. An estimated 35,000 fans greeted the Brewers at Union Station when they returned home from Louisville two days later. [Source: Milwaukee History]

1925 - Seymour R. Cray Born

On this date Seymour R. Cray was born in Chippewa Falls. Cray received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He established himself in the field of large-scale computer design through his work for Engineering Associates, Remington Rand, UNIVAC, and Control Data Corporation. In 1957 Cray built the first computer to use radio transistors instead of vacuum tubes. This allowed for the miniaturization of components which enhanced the performance of desktop computers. In the 1960s he designed the world's first supercomputer at Control Data. In 1972 he founded Cray Research in his hometown of Chippewa Falls where he established the standard for supercomputers with CRAY-1 (1976) and CRAY-2 (1985). He resigned from the company in 1981 to devote himself to computer design in the areas of vector register technology and cooling systems. Cray died in a automobile accident on October 5, 1996. [Source: MIT and Cray Company]