Posts Tagged “Today in Southern History”

Today in Southern History: The Roswell Incident Report

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Today in Southern History: The Roswell Incident Report

24 June 1997   On this date in 1997… The Air Force released a report on the so-called “Roswell U.F.O. Incident,” suggesting the alien bodies witnesses reported seeing in 1947 were actually life-sized dummies. The report still does not explain why the dummies were passengers on a weather balloon. Other Years: 1832 – The U.S. Supreme Court…

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Today in Southern History: The State of Texas

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Today in Southern History: The State of Texas

23 June 1845   On this date in 1845… The Texas legislature in special session voted to accept annexation by the United States after ten years as an independent republic with the proviso that the state would resume its independence if statehood ever caused injury to Texas. In 1861, Texas exercised this right. Other Years: 1704 –…

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Today in Southern History: The Treaty Reprisals

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Today in Southern History: The Treaty Reprisals

22 June 1839   On this date in 1839… In Indian Territory, Chief Major Ridge was shot and killed. His son, John Ridge was dragged from his bed, and stabbed to death. Elias Boudinot, first editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, was stabbed and hacked to death by Cherokee partisans for their part in the treaty accepting Cherokee…

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Today in Southern History: The Philadelphia Three

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Today in Southern History: The Philadelphia Three

21 June 1964   On this date in 1964… Three civil rights workers , Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, were released from jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. Eight members of the Ku Klux Klan went to prison on federal conspiracy charges, but…

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Today in Southern History: The Ruddle’s Station Massacre

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Today in Southern History: The Ruddle’s Station Massacre

20 June 1780   On this date in 1780… British Captain Henry Bird, leading a force of 250 whites and 850 Indians attacked 300 American settlers who had taken refuge at Ruddle’s Station, Kentucky. When Bird’s force used cannon against the stockade, the settlers realized they were outmatched and surrendered. Upon their opening the gate, the Indians…

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Today in Southern History: The Alabama’s Last Fight

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Today in Southern History: The Alabama’s Last Fight

19 June 1864   On this date in 1864… The most successful warship in American history, the C.S.S. Alabama, suffering from damp and decaying gunpowder, lost a duel with the U.S.S. Kearsarge and sank in the English Channel off Cherbourg, France. Other Years: 1541 – Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s expedition met the Casqui tribe near present-day…

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Today in Southern History: Janis at Monterey

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Today in Southern History: Janis at Monterey

17 June 1967  On this date in 1967… Janis Joplin launched her solo career at the Monterey International Pop Festival, giving a phenomenal performance that helped turn her into a rock and roll star. Other Years: 1835 – Soldier and future Confederate President Jefferson Davis married Sarah Knox Taylor, daughterof General and President Zachary Taylor in…

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Today in Southern History: The New Deal

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Today in Southern History: The New Deal

16 June 1933   On this date in 1933… U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt began his New Deal recovery program, signing bank, rail, and industry bills and initiating farm aid. The New Deal was especially popular in the rural South since there had been much suffering and very little recovery among the common people since the Great…

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