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5 Fun Facts About July 26 In Wisconsin History

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1. In 1861, the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Randall in Madison. This regiment fought in several major battles during the Civil War, including the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Antietam.

2. On July 26, 1908, the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh aviation event began for the first time. Held annually in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the event is the world's largest gathering of aviation enthusiasts, attracting over 500,000 visitors and 10,000 aircraft each year.

3. In 1943, the USS Wisconsin battleship was launched in Philadelphia. The ship served in the Pacific during World War II and participated in the Korean War and the Gulf War. Today, the ship is a museum in Norfolk, Virginia.

4. On July 26, 1958, Milwaukee Braves pitcher Warren Spahn threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants. Spahn, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, set the record for most career wins by a left-handed pitcher with 363.

5. In 1985, Alice in Dairyland, a program that promotes Wisconsin's agriculture industry, celebrated its 38th anniversary. Each year, a young woman is selected to serve as Alice in Dairyland and represents the state's agricultural community at various events and functions throughout the year.
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