20 October 1977
|Lynyrg Skynyrd (Rolling Stone Magazine)|
On this date in 20 October 1977…
Southern Rock legends, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair 240 ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road mgr. Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray, were killed on impact.
- 1803 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase Treaty by a vote of 24-7.
- 1817 – The first Mississippi River Showboat left Nashville on its maiden voyage.
- 1820 – Spain sold a portion of Florida to the U.S. for $5 million.
- 1913 – Grand Old Opry star, Louis Marshal “Grandpa” Jones was born in Niagara, Kentucky.
- 1951 – The “Johnny Bright Incident” occurred during a college football game in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
- 1967 – All white federal jury convicted 7 defendants for the murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi.
- 1990 – Three members of 2 Live Crew were acquitted on obscenity charges in Florida.
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