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On This Day: November 23

1863 - (Civil War) Battle of Orchard Knob at Chattanooga, Tennessee

The 15th Wisconsin Infantry helped push back Confederate forces during the Battle at Orchard Knob in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

1889 - First University of Wisconsin Football Game Held

On this date the first University of Wisconsin football game was held in Madison. The UW team suffered a humiliating defeat (27-0) at the hands of the Calument Club of Milwaukee. [Source: Milwaukee Sentinel, 11/24/1889 and Wisconsin History Day by Day]

1907 - Julius Albert Krug Born

On this date Julius Albert Krug was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Krug was employed in various public utility positions including the chief power engineer at the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Krug served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was appointed by Harry S. Truman as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1946-49. He died on March 26, 1970 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. [Source: Arlington National Cemetary]

1909 - Janesville Man Convicted for Selling Oleo

On this date A.E. Graham of Janesville was put on trial for selling oleo as butter. Oleo, an early form of margarine, was outlawed in the dairy state of Wisconsin. On January 27, 1910, he was found guilty in federal court and sentenced to 18 months in Fort Leavenworth Prison. [Source: Janesville Gazette]

1930 - Actor Robert Easton Born

On this date character actor Robert Easton (aka Robert Burke) was born in Milwaukee. Tall and gangly, with a mop of whitish-blonde hair, wide eyes and a slow southern drawl, he often played a young country hick or yokel in television and film productions. A master of dialects, Easton is best known for his roles in Someone Up There Likes Me,The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961), Paint Your Wagon (1969), Pete's Dragon (1977), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and Primary Colors (1998). [Source: Internet Movie Database]

1998 - Wisconsin Enters into Tobacco Settlement

On this date Wisconsin entered into the tobacco "Master Settlement Agreement." Wisconsin was to receive $5.9 billion over 25 years from leading tobacco product manufacturers. [Source: Tobacco Control Resource Center for Wisconsin]