Today in Southern History: King Richard

15 November 1992 

On this date in 1992…

NASCAR legend Richard Petty retired after running the Hooters 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 200 career wins in the Winston Cup series.

Other Years:

  • 1763 – Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the Mason-Dixon Line to set the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania.
  • 1777 – The Continental Congress formally adopted the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.
  • 1824 – At Harrison’s Landing in Arkansas territory, the Quapaw tribe signed a treaty giving up their claim to land between the Arkansas Post and Little Rock, southward to the Saline River and agreeing to live on land promised to the Caddo.
  • 1966 – The flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean off the Southern coast.
  • 1969 – A quarter of a million protesters staged a peaceful demonstration in Washington, D.C., against the Vietnam War.
  • 1995 – Texaco agreed to pay $176 million to settle a race-discrimination lawsuit. 

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