November 24-25th: Milwaukee Police Department Bombing, Evacuation Day and Other Events of the Date
A number of interesting events have taken place on November 24th and 25th in U.S. history. Here is our take on the most interesting and valuable of them.
November 24, 1906 - The first major scandal in professional American football
Whenever it comes to professional sports, the issues of betting and fraud, brawls and tensions come along with it. And the first major scandal in the history of professional American football happened on this date, 112 years ago, during the final game of the series for the Ohio League (the direct predecessor to the modern National Football League) Championship between the rivals: Canton Bulldogs and Massillon Tigers.
The most illogical thing was that once the game was over, Canton's coach, Blondy Wallace, “in a show of sportsmanship,” joined the Massillon celebration and congratulated the Tigers on their championship. However, the evening after the second game at the Courtland Hotel Bar, a brawl erupted among several of the Canton players and fans over allegations that the game had been fixed!
Jack Cusack, who would later become the owner and manager of the Canton Bulldogs (from 1912 until 1915), wrote in his book “Pioneer in Pro Football” that the fight was started by Cusack's neighbor, Victor Kaufmann, a physician who suffered heavy betting losses on the disputed contest. Cusack stated that he went with Kaufmann to the Courtland Hotel Bar, where Kaufman loudly made allegations of a fix. A large bar fight started in the hotel's bar area and quickly spread onto the street. Police were then called to break-up the disturbance, but Cusack and Kaufmann reportedly avoided arrest.
As the rumors on this issue spread fast, the scandal was thought to have ruined professional football in Ohio until the middle of the 1910s.
November 24, 1917 - The Milwaukee Police Department bombing
While the whole world was at the latest stage of the Great War and the Russian Revolution was radically changing the whole course of history, America faced an unheard-of act of terror against the police, as the Milwaukee Police Department came under attack. A chain of fatal coincidences led to it.
Yet, the perpetrators were never caught, it’s believed they were the members of an anarchist terrorist cell operating in the United States in the early 20th century. The Policemen who became victims of the terrorists, in fact, saved the local church from the devastation, as the target was initially an evangelical church in the third ward and only killed the policemen when the bomb was brought to the police station by a concerned member of the public.
The Milwaukee Police Department bombing remained the most fatal single event in national law enforcement history for over 80 years until the 9-11 attacks.
November 25, 1783 – The Evacuation Day
As the new nation, Americans won their war for independence and forced the Brits to surrender, the only question that was left after the peace treaty was signed was when the U.K. would command their troops to leave the U.S.
The Evacuation Day, that happened back on November 25, 1783, marked the day when the last British soldier departed from New York City (and Manhattan island in particular).
As soon as the Brits left America, a military parade was organized by General George Washington, so Continental Army soldiers triumphantly marched from their former headquarters, north of the city, across the Harlem River, south down the island of Manhattan, through the town to the battery at the foot of Broadway.
The last shot of the war was reportedly fired on this day as well, as some British gunner fired a cannon at jeering crowds gathered on the shore of Staten Island, as British ships passed through the Narrows at the mouth of New York Harbor. The shot fell well short of the shore. America became fully Independent, leaving the most powerful colonial kingdom of the time speechless.
These are the most notable events in U.S. history that occurred this weekend, at least in our view.