Today in Southern History: Hank Williams

17 September 1923 

On this date in 1923…

County music legend Hank Williams was born at Mount Olive, Alabama.


Other Years:

1787 – The final draft of the U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of the delegates at the Philadelphia constitutional convention.
1796 – U.S. President George Washington’s Farewell Address was read before the U.S. Congress. 
1820 – Confederate General Earl Van Dorn was born in Port Gibson, Mississippi.
1862 – The Battle of Sharpsburg became the bloodiest single day in U.S. military history with more than 23,000 men killed or wounded.
1926 – A Hurricane struck Miami and Palm Beach Florida, killing about 450 people.
1928 – The September Hurricane continued, drowning 1,800-2500 people in and around Lake Okeechobee, Florida.
1953 – Ernie Banks of Dallaas, Texas became the first black baseball player to wear a Chicago Cubs uniform. When he retired in 1971 Banks was known as ‘Mr. Cub’.
1953 – The Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana first successfully separated Siamese twins, Carolyn Anne and Catherine Anne Mouton, who were connected at the waist when born.
2007 – AOL, once the largest ISP in the U.S., officially announced its plans to refocus the company as an advertising business and to relocate its corporate headquarters from Dulles, Virginia to New York, New York.

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