30 June 2000
On this date in 2000…
Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Confederate Battleflag was removed from the statehouse dome in Columbia, South Carolina. Voter outrage with a “No Votes for Turncoats” campaign replaced the governor and almost all legislators responsible during the next election.
- 1521 – Spanish Captains Francisco Gordillo, and Pedro de Quexos, landed in Florida and claimed it for the King of Spain.
- 1831 – Future Confederate General Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis at the Arlington House in Arlington, Virginia.
- 1834 – The U.S. Congress created Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma.
- 1862 – The Battle of Frayser’s Farm (White Oak Swamp), Virginia.
- 1870 – The steamboats Natchez and Robert E. Lee began their historic race on the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana.
- 1911 – The U.S. Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closed.
- 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind was published.
- 1986 – Georgia’s anti-sodomy law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.
- 1998 – Officials confirmed that the remains of a Vietnam War serviceman buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington were identified as those of Air Force pilot Michael J. Blassie from St. Louis, Missouri.
- 2013 – Nineteen fire fighters were killed while trying to control a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.
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