Posts Tagged “Know Southern History”

The Charleston Earthquake

The Charleston Earthquake

31 August 1886   On this date in 1886… A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Charleston, South Carolinacausing severe damage and killing more than 100 people. Damage was reported as far away as Washington D.C. The quake was also was reported to have extinguished the “Wakulla Volcano,” a bright natural gas flare that served sailors as a navigational…

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The Fort Mims Massacre

The Fort Mims Massacre

30 August 1813   On this date in 1813… At the start of the Creek Civil War, the Red Stick faction of Creek Indians having been armed by the British at Pensacola, massacred 517American settlers and mixed-blood Creeks in the stockade of Fort Mimsnorth of Mobile, Alabama. Other Years: 1690 – A force of British militia, Yamassee…

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Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina

29 August 2005   On this date in 2005… After causing heavy damage in Southern Florida, Hurricane Katrinamade its second landfall on the Gulf Coast as a category 3 hurricane. Katrina left a swath of devastation from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. The rainfall and storm surge overloaded the pumping stations in New Orleans and breached the…

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Comrades of the Southern Cross

Comrades of the Southern Cross

28 August 1863   On this date in 1863… Generals Patrick Cleburne and Leonidas Polk organized the Comrades of the Southern Cross as a fraternal and benevolent order in the Army of Tennessee. The organization was loosely patterned after Freemasonry of which Cleburne was a member and designed to boost morale and help discipline in the Army….

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The Comair Crash

The Comair Crash

27 August 2006  On this date in 2006… Comair Flight 5191 crashed on takeoff from Blue Grass International Airport in Lexington, Kentucky bound for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Of the passengers and crew, 49 of 50 were confirmed dead from the crash. Only the flight’s first officer survived.  Other Years: 1667 – The earliest recorded…

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Women’s Suffrage

Women’s Suffrage

26 August 1920   On this date in 1920… The ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing American women the right to vote, was declared complete by the U.S. Secretary of State. Other Years: 1791 – John Fitch was granted a U.S. patent for steamboats. 1842 The Caddo tribe signed a peace treaty…

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The Depopulation of West Missouri

The Depopulation of West Missouri

25 August 1863  On this date in 1863… General Order No. 11 was issued by U.S. Brigadier General Thomas Ewing, commanding the District of the Border. He ordered the evacuation of four counties in western Missouri. Those who could establish their loyalty to the satisfaction of the commanding officer of the nearest military post would be…

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Sweet Home Alabama

Sweet Home Alabama

24 August 1974   On this date in 1974… Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song “Sweet Home Alabama” hit the music charts. The thoroughly Southern anthem is one of many responses to former CSN&Y singer, Neil Young’s libelous and defamatory cut, “Southern Man.” One Southern businessman is reported to have offered $1,000 for Young’s head. Had Young’s song defamed any…

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Braveheart

Braveheart

23 August 1305   On this date in 1305 – William Wallace was racked, hanged, drawn, quartered, and beheaded. English executioners salted and hung his body parts at different locations in Scotland as a warning for other Scot patriots, many of whose descendants would migrate the South in the 1700’s. The English later learned at the Battle…

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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments

22 August 2003   On this date in 2003… The Alabama Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order in response to a Southern Poverty Law Center suit to remove a stone monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building. The…

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Forrest Re-Takes Memphis

Forrest Re-Takes Memphis

21 August 1864   On this date in 1864… General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate cavalry recapturedMemphis, Tennessee. Other Years: 1680 – The Pueblo Indians drove the Spanish out and took possession of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 1806 – Zebulon Pike’s Missouri expedition held a council with both the Grand and Little bands of the Osage tribe. 1821…

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The First African Americans

The First African Americans

20 August 1619   On this date in 1619… The first known Africans to reach the English colonies landed at Jamestown, Virginia aboard Dutch vessel. The 20 Africans had been slaves transported on a Spanish ship captured by the Dutch. The men were sold or traded to the English and placed in seven years indentured servitude (just…

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Blue Licks

Blue Licks

19 August 1782 On this date in 1782… A force of 400 Tories, Canadians, Mingo, Mohawk, and Shawnee, ambushed and scattered 182 Kentucky militiamen led by Colonel John Todd and Daniel Boone at the Battle of Blue Licks near present-day Mount Olivet, Kentucky. Boone’s son Israel was captured by the Shawnee and tortured to death. It…

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Croatoan

Croatoan

18 August 1590   On this date in 1590… Governor John White returned to Roanoke colony and found that thecolonists had vanished. The only clue to the mysterious disappearance was the word, “Croatoan” found carved into a tree. Other Years: 1587 – Virginia Dare was the first child born in the Americas to English parents, Eleanor and…

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Camille

Camille

17 August 1969   On this date in 1969… Hurricane Camille struck the Gulf coast, killing 259 mainly in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi and causing more than a billion dollars damage. Flooding from the deteriorating storm killed an additional 112 victims in Virginia. Other Years: 1750 – A hurricane wrecked a fleet of four Spanish ships on…

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Elvis is Dead

Elvis is Dead

16 August 1977   On this date in 1977… Elvis Presley died at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. Other Years: 1691 – Yorktown, Virginia was founded. 1692 – Spanish soldier Diego de Vargas began his Reconquista of New Mexico. 1864 – The Confederate raider C.S.S. Tallahassee captured 5 yankee merchant ships off the coast…

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Will and Wiley Crash

Will and Wiley Crash

15 August 1935   On this date in 1935… Southerner, Cherokee, comedian, social commentator, and actor, WillRogers was killed at the age of 55 in a plane crash with famed Southern aviator Wiley Post near Point Barrow, Alaska. Other Years: 1911 – Crisco was introduced by Procter & Gamble Company and spurred a revolution in Southern kitchens….

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The Pensacola Tragedy

The Pensacola Tragedy

14 August 1559   On this date in 1559… Appointed by the Spanish Viceroy in Mexico to establish Spanish settlements on the Gulf Coast, Tristan de Luna y Arellano, with several priests, 500 soldiers, and 1,000 settlers landed at Pensacola Bay with thirteen ships. Most of the expedition is dead just a few days later due to…

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The Women’s Prison

The Women’s Prison

13 August 1863   On this date in 1863… The crumbling and overcrowded Women’s Prison in Kansas City,Missouri collapsed, killing four women under age 20, and wounding many others who were jailed for aiding relatives in Confederate guerrilla bands or regular service. The incident was one of several northern atrocities that lead to the retaliation of the…

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Choctaw Removal

Choctaw Removal

12 August 1831   On this date in 1831… George Gaines, the younger brother of General Edmund Gaines and a man the Choctaw trusted, was appointed Special Agent to supervise the removal of the Choctaw tribe to the west bank of the Mississippi River. Against Choctaw wishes, at that point the Army took custody of the Choctaw,…

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