Today in Southern History: The Mason-Dixon Line

18 October 1767 

One of the original Mason-Dixon Line Markers

On this date in 1767…

Maryland and Pennsylvania agree on the Mason-Dixon Line as their boundary.


Other Years:

  • 1676 – Nathaniel Bacon, leader of a rebellion against Virginia’s colonial government was killed at the age of 29.
  • 1862 – Confederate General John H. Morgan’s cavalry seized Lexington, Kentucky.
  • 1898 – The American flag was raised in Puerto Rico one year after the Caribbean nation won its independence from Spain.
  • 1927 – George C. Scott, American actor/director famous for Patton and Dr. Strangelove was born in Wise, Virginia.
  • 1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, the presumed assassin of Pesident John F. Kennedy, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1954 – Texas Instruments Inc. announced the first transistor radio.
  • 1997 – A monument honoring U.S. servicewomen, past and present, was dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery.


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