Today in Southern History: Lee’s Birthday

19 January 1807 

On this date in 1807…

Confederate General Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1847 – Governor George Bent was attacked, killed, and scalped along with eight other Americans in Don Fernandez de Taos (now Taos) New Mexico while trying to prevent a revolt of Mexican and Pueblo Indians. Many Mexicans would join the revolt against the Americans.
  • 1861 – Georgia seceded from the Union.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky.
  • 1937 – Texas millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
  • 1977 – Snow fell for the only time in recorded history in Miami, Florida. Snow also fell in the Bahamas.
  • 1982 – A heater exploded at Star Elementary School in Spencer, Oklahoma, killing 6 children and a teacher.
  • 1987 – Guy Hunt became Alabama’s first Republican governor since 1874.

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