Today in Southern History: The Death of Genius

6 July 1962  

On this date in 1962…

Southern literary genius and Nobel Prize winner, William Faulkner died of a heart-attack at the age of 64 in Byhalia, Mississippi.


Other Years:
  • 1861 – The Confederate cruiser C.S.S. Sumter released seven captured federal vessels in Cuban waters.
  • 1862 – Fighting at Devall’s Bluff, Arkansas killed a combined 106 soldiers.
  • 1957 – The Harry S. Truman Presidential Library formed in Independence, Missouri.
  • 1957 – Althea Gibson of South Carolina won the Wimbledon women’s singles tennis title, becoming the first black athlete to win the event.
  • 1989 – The U.S. Army destroyed its last Pershing 1-A missiles at an ammunition plant in Karnack, Texas under the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. 

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