Today in Southern History: The Father Of Oceanography

14 January 1806 

On this date in 1806…

Matthew Fontaine Maury, a commander in the CS Navy, diplomat for CS government in Europe, meteorologist, and the father of naval oceanography was born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1784 – The United States ratified a peace treaty with England ending the Revolutionary War. 
  • 1833 – Missionary to the Cherokee. Reverend Samuel Worcester was released from imprisonment on a charge of defying the state’s order to swear allegiance to Georgia or leave the Cherokee nation..
  • 1861 – Louisiana state troops seized Fort Pike and Fort Pickens fell to Florida state troops.
  • 1863 – Confederate and federal gunboats fought on Bayou Teche, Louisiana.
  • 1874 – Northern mulatto abolishonist I. D. Shadd was elected as Speaker of the lower house of Mississippi’s reconstruction legislature.
  • 1943 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first U.S. President to fly in an airplane while in office, flying from Miami, Florida to Morocco.
  • 1963 – George C Wallace was sworn in as governor of Alabama. His inagural address contained his signature line, “Segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!”
  • 1973 – The Miami Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII and became the first NFL team to go undefeated in a season.
  • 1985 – Former Miss America, Phyllis George of Texas joined Bill Kurtis as host of “The CBS Morning News”
  • 1998 – In Dallas, Texas researchers reported an enzyme that slowed the aging process and prevented cell death.
  • 1999 – The impeachment trial of U.S. President Bill Clinton began.
  • 2004 – In St. Louis, the Lewis and Clark Exhibition opened at the Missouri History Museum featuring more than 500 rare and priceless objects used by the Corps of Discovery. 

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