map of madison with historical links
Created by cmurphy533 on Sep 23, 2008
Last updated: 03/10/10 at 09:10 PM
Six years after philanthropist Jerry Frautschi announced that he would donate $50 million to build a world-class arts center in downtown Madison, the Overture Center opens, though not before Frautschi increased his gift to $200 million.
The University of Wisconsin announces that in the next day's issue of "Science," researcher James Thomson will reveal that he has successfully cultured and sustained human embyronic stem cells in the laboratory. Researchers and news media around the world hail the discovery as a potential gateway to cures for new therapies.
On a Sunday afternoon, a mentally ill man walked onto a Madison Metro bus with a bucket full of gasoline. Thirty minutes later, he splashed the gasoline on fellow passengers and the driver, then lit it. Miraculously, no one was killed, but the attack shocked Madison and the fate of its victims has been a source of ongoing concern.
After decades of debate, Madison opens a convention center first proposed by famed architecht Frank Lloyd Wright. The final design, though not designed by Wright himself, was inspired by his work.
A mentally disturbed man opens fire with a rifle in the City-County Building, killing Dane County Coroner Clyde Chamberlain, 62, one of the most popular office holders in the county's history, and county corporation counsel secretary Eleanor Townsend, 40, who worked part time but, as usual, had stayed to make sure things were properly taken care of before the start of the weekend. Wounded in the shootings was Erik Erickson, 45, the Justice Department's personnel officer who was at the City-County Building to pay parking tickets. Also shot and wounded was the 19-year-old gunman, Aaron Lindh.
Four young men leave a van filled with explosives outside Sterling Hall and flee, making a warning call that failed to empty the building. They intended to target the upstairs Army Math Research Center, but the downstairs Physics Department bore the brunt of the blast. Killed was Robert Fassnacht, 33, a physics research assistant who had been working late so he could go on vacation.
On Dec. 10, 1967, Otis Redding and his band were booked for back-to-back shows at the Factory, a club then located on Gorham Street. They never played them. At about 3:30 p.m., Redding's Beechcraft airplane crashed into the middle of Lake Monona. The crash claimed the life of the 26-year-old Redding and four members of his touring band, the Bar-Kays, along with the pilot. The sole survivor was trumpet player Ben Cauley.
University of Wisconsin students protesting the presence of Dow Chemical (the maker of napalm) recruiting future employees on campus find themselves under attack by baton-wielding officers of the Madison Police Department. The police response made national news and supercharged anti-war fervor on campus. Future Mayor Paul Soglin became a prominent figure in the anti-war movememt in the wake of the riot.
On a bitterly cold morning, a flame from a gas jet used for late-night lighting in the Capitol started a small fire on the recently varnished ceiling of a cloakroom adjoining the Assembly post office on the second floor. It became one of the biggest fires in Madison history, a fire that not only destroyed the Capitol but led to legislative maneuvering to move the state capital to Milwaukee.