Posts Tagged “Today in Southern History”

Today in Southern History: Bummers!

Today in Southern History: Bummers!

19 November 1864  On this date in 1864… Federal troops stole and destroyed over a half million dollars of private property as they occupied Clinton, Georgia. Other Years: 1870 – Private James Anderson, Company M, Sixth Cavalry, earned the Medal of Honor on the Wichita River in Texas for his actions in the pursuit and subsequent…

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Today in Southern History: First Southerner on the Moon

Today in Southern History: First Southerner on the Moon

18 November 1813  On this date in 1969…  Apollo 12 astronauts Alan L. Bean of Texas and Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. landed on the lunar surface during the second manned mission to the moon. Bean was the first Southerner on the moon. Other Years: 1813 – Members of the Hillabi Clan of the Muskogee Creeks  offered to surrender to…

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Today in Southern History: I Am Not A Crook

Today in Southern History: I Am Not A Crook

17 November 1973   On this date in 1973… President Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Florida, “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.” Other Years: 1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh,founder of the lost Roanoke colony, went on trial for treason. 1800…

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Today in Southern History: The Kentucky Resolution

Today in Southern History: The Kentucky Resolution

16 November 1798  On this date in 1798…  The Kentucky state legislature passed the first resolution authored by Thomas Jefferson to nullify the Alien and Sedition Acts. This made Kentucky the first state to nullify an act of Congress. Other Years: 1864 – Federal General W.T. Sherman and his troops began their infamous “March to the…

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Today in Southern History: King Richard

Today in Southern History: King Richard

15 November 1992  On this date in 1992… NASCAR legend Richard Petty retired after running the Hooters 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 200 career wins in the Winston Cup series. Other Years: 1763 – Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the Mason-Dixon Line to set the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania. 1777 – The…

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Today in Southern History: Georgia On My Mind

Today in Southern History: Georgia On My Mind

14 November 1960   ABC Records On this date in 1960…  Ray Charles‘ signature song, “Georgia On My Mind,” reached #1 on the U.S. record charts. Other Years: 1851 – Lieutenant Colonel J.J. Abercrombie and members of the Fifth Infantry began the construction of Fort Phantom Hill, north of present-day Abilene, Texas. 1863 – The blockade-runner Terista…

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Today in Southern History: Bus Segregation Ended

Today in Southern History: Bus Segregation Ended

13 November 1956  On this date in 1956… The U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws requiring racial segregation on public buses. Other Years: 1977 – The comic strip “Li’l Abner” by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time. 1982 – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC.  1995 – Greg Maddox of the…

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Today in Southern History: Blockade-Runners

Today in Southern History: Blockade-Runners

12 November 1861  On this date in 1861… The Fingal, a blockade-runner bought in England, was one of the first to arrive with military supplies in Savannah harbor.  Other Years: 1799 – Andrew Ellicott made the first recorded U.S. meteor shower observation from a ship off the Florida Keys 1928 – The British steamship “Vestris” capsized…

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Today in Southern History: The Burning of Atlanta

Today in Southern History: The Burning of Atlanta

11 November 1864 On this date in 1864… Federal General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered the burning of what remained of Atlanta, Georgia. In addition, Sherman’s troops destroyed Rome, Georgia. Other Years: 1750 – The first college fraternity, the F.H.C. Society, more commonly known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern in Williamsburg, Virginia….

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Today in Southern History: Commander Wirz Hanged

Today in Southern History: Commander Wirz Hanged

10 November 1865 On this date in 1865… Federal authorities in Washington D.C. hanged Confederate Major Henry Wirz, commander of the Confederate prison at Andersonville, Georgia,  after a farcical show trial  found him guilty of supposed acts that occurred before he even took over as commandant of the post. Other Years: 1782 – George Rogers Clark attacked the Miami…

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Today in Southern History: A.P. Hill

Today in Southern History: A.P. Hill

9 November 1825  On this date in 1825…  Confederate General Ambrose Powell “A.P.” Hill was born in Culpepper, Virginia. Other Years: 1813 – General Ferdinand Claiborne led a large force of Mississippi volunteers to fight the Creeks. Entering Choctaw lands, a large contingent of Choctaws led by Chief Pushmataha, joined the force. 1851 – Kentucky marshals…

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Today in Southern History: The Trent Affair

Today in Southern History: The Trent Affair

8 November 1861  On this date in 1861… Confederate Commissioners to England, James Mason & John Slidell were seized by the crew of the U.S.S. San Jacinto from the British ship H.M.S. Trent on the high seas in violation of international law. Other Years: 1954 – The American League approved the transfer of the Philadelphia Athletics…

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Today in Southern History: Billy Graham

Today in Southern History: Billy Graham

7 November 1918   On this date in 1918… Evangelist Billy Graham was born at Charlotte, North Carolina. Other Years: 1794 –  After a year of raids by Americans and Chickamaugas, Tennessee Governor William Blount meets with Cherokee and the offshoot Chickamauga Chiefs at the Tellico Blockhouse. Forty Chiefs are present and agree to peace as well…

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Today in Southern History: Jefferson Davis Elected

Today in Southern History: Jefferson Davis Elected

6 November 1861  On this date in 1861… Confederate States voters went to the polls to elect their official leaders to replace the provisional government.  Jefferson Davis was elected as the first president of the Confederate States of America. Other Years: 1528 – Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European…

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Today in Southern History: Cassville, Georgia Burned

Today in Southern History: Cassville, Georgia Burned

5 November 1864  On this date in 1864… The 5th Ohio Cavalry acting under General W.T. Sherman’s orders burned Cassville, Georgia. Other Years: 1912 – Arizona voted for women’s suffrage. 1968 – Republican Richard M. Nixon won the U.S. presidency, defeating Democrat Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and American Independent Party candidate George C. Wallace. 1994…

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Today in Southern History: Will Rogers

Today in Southern History: Will Rogers

4 November 1879 On this date in 1879 – Cherokee and Southern cowboy, comedian, social commentator, and actor, Will Rogers was born in Oologah, Indian Territory. (Now Oklahoma)  Rogers used to say, “My family didn’t come over on the Mayflower, but they met the boat. Other Years: 1833 – Lieutenant Rains reported that since the beginning…

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Today in Southern History: The Impresario

Today in Southern History: The Impresario

3 November 1793   On this date in 1793… Texas pioneer and impresario Stephen F. Austin was born in Wythe County, Virginia. Other Years: 1762 – As part of the Treaty of Fountainbleau, Spain acquires all of French Louisiana west of the Mississippi River due to the “French and Indian War.” 1813 – Confederate General Jubal Early…

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Today in Southern History: President Carter

Today in Southern History: President Carter

2 November 1976  On this date in 1976… Former Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford, becoming the first U.S. president from the Deep South since the War of Northern Aggression.  Other Years: 1734 – Frontier hero Daniel Boone was born 1861 – The British ship H.M.S. Bermuda ran the federal blockade…

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Today in Southern History: Gauley Bridge

Today in Southern History: Gauley Bridge

1 November 1861  On this date in 1861… Confederate General John B. Floyd’s troops attacked federals under Rosecrans at Gauley Bridge, Virginia. Other Years: 1770 – Spanish troops and Opata Indians on an expedition to punish Apaches on the Pecos River in Texas reached their target village only to find it evacuated ahead of their…

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Today in Southern History: Missouri Secession

Today in Southern History: Missouri Secession

31 October 1861  The St. Louis Secession Flag On this date in 1861… Missouri Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson signed the Missouri Ordinance of Secession in Neosho, Missouri since the Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City, had already been occupied by Federal invaders and troops raised from recent German socialist immigrants. Other Years: 1860 – Juliette Gordon Low, the…

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