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On This Day: June 23

1863 - (Civil War) Tullahoma Campaign begins in Tennessee

The Tullahoma Campaign began in central Tennessee. It lasted from June 24-July 3, 1863. The 1st, 10th, 13th, 15th, 21st, 22nd and 24th Wisconsin Infantry regiments, the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry, and 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries took part in this campaign.

1911 - First Home-Built Airplane Flies

On this date Wausau native John Schwister became a pioneer in Wisconsin aviation by flying the state's first home-built airplane. The plane, named the "Minnesota-Badger," was constructed of wooden ribs covered with light cotton material. Powered by an early-model aircraft engine, the "Minnesota-Badger" flew several hundred feet and reached a maximum altitude of 20 feet. [Source: Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame]

1950 - Airplane Disappears Over Lake Michigan

On this date Northwest Airlines flight 2501 disappeared over Lake Michigan. Flying from New York to Seattle with a stopover in Minneapolis, 58 passengers and crew were lost over the lake, leaving few clues save for small bits of debris, as to what happened. The loss was the largest loss of human life in a commercial aviation accident up to that point. [Source: Michigan Shipwreck Research Associates]