Today in Southern History: Killen Arrested

6 January 2005 

Clarion Ledger

On this date in 2005…

Edgar Ray Killen was arrested for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.

Other Years:

  • 1639 – Virginia was the first colony to order surplus tobacco crops destroyed.
  • 1759 – George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married. 
  • 1861 – Florida state troops siezed the federal arsenal at Apalachicola.
  • 1912 – The former Confederate territory of New Mexico became the 47th US state.
  • 1864 – Captain Albert Pfeiffer and a small force left Fort Canby to meet Kit Carson and force the Navajo in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona to move to the Bosque Redondo Reservation in New Mexico.
  • 1912 – The former Confederate territory of New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state. 
  • 1963 – “Wild Kingdom” premiered on NBC hosted by Marlin Perkins of Carthage, Missouri.
  • 1999 – The 106th U.S. Congress opened with the first item on the agenda being the impeachment proceedings of U.S. President Bill Clinton, set to begin January 7.

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