Today in Southern History: Stephen F. Austin Dies

27 December 1836 

On this date in 1836…

Texas pioneer and impresario Stephen F. Austin died at West Columbia, Texas after a lengthy illness resulting from his imprisonment in Mexico.


Other Years:

  • 1761 – Creek Indians led by a chief known as “The Mortar” attacked several English in the “Long Canes” area of South Carolina killing 14 settlers.
  • 1845 – Dr. Crawford Williamson Long used anesthesia for childbirth for the first time, the delivery of his own child in Jefferson, Georgia
  • 1860 – South Carolina troops seized Castle Pinckney and Fort Moultrie in Charleston Harbor.  The U.S. Revenue Cutter William Aiken surrendered to South Carolina authorities.
  • 1900 – Kentucky native and prohibitionist, Carrie Nation staged her first raid on a saloon at the Carey Hotel in Wichita, Kansas breaking every liquor bottle she could find.
  • 1965 – The International Swimming Hall of Fame was dedicated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 


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