Posts Tagged “Today in Southern History”

Today in Southern History: Desegregating Ole Miss

Today in Southern History: Desegregating Ole Miss

20 September 1961  On this date in 1961… James Lee Meredith was refused access as a student to the University of Mississippi because of his race. Other Years: 1809 – Confederate General Sterling Price was born in Prince Edward County, Virginia. 1967 – Hurricane Beulah hit the Texas-Mexican border, killing 38. 1973 – Billie Jean King…

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Today in Southern History: The Sandbar Fight

Today in Southern History: The Sandbar Fight

19 September 1827  On this date in 1827… Though shot three times, stabbed twice, and having a sword cane lodged in his chest, Jim Bowie killed Norris Wright and cut off Alfred Blanchard’s arm at the Sandbar Fight when a brawl broke out after a duel outside Natchez, Mississippi. Other Years: 1796 – U.S. President George…

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Today in Southern History: The Cornerstone

Today in Southern History: The Cornerstone

18 September 1793  On this day in 1793… George Washington and other dignitaries laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol in a traditional Masonic ceremony. Other Years: 1862 – Ten men, all noncombatants, were loaded onto wagons, seated on newly made coffins, and taken to the Palmyra, Missouri fairgrounds where they were executed under order of…

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Today in Southern History: Hank Williams

Today in Southern History: Hank Williams

17 September 1923  On this date in 1923… County music legend Hank Williams was born at Mount Olive, Alabama. Other Years: 1787 – The final draft of the U.S. Constitution was completed and signed by a majority of the delegates at the Philadelphia constitutional convention. 1796 – U.S. President George Washington’s Farewell Address was read before…

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Today in Southern History: Oklahoma Land Rush

Today in Southern History: Oklahoma Land Rush

16 September 1893  On this date in 1893… The U.S. government opened the Cherokee Strip to settlement by white homesteaders in present-day Oklahoma. Other Years: 1779 – French and Patriot troops began the Siege of Savannah, Georgia. 1875 – James Cash Penney, founder of J.C. Penney, was born in Hamilton, Missouri. 1924 – Jim Bottomley of the…

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Today in Southern History: Gun Control

Today in Southern History: Gun Control

15 September 1966  On this date in 1966…  U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to Charles Whitman’s deadly sniper attack from the University of Texas at Austin clock tower, wrote a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.  The result was the Gun Control Act of 1968, which did little to prevent…

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Today in Southern History: Gun Control

Today in Southern History: Gun Control

15 September 1966  On this date in 1966…  U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to Charles Whitman’s deadly sniper attack from the University of Texas at Austin clock tower, wrote a letter to Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.  The result was the Gun Control Act of 1968, which did little to prevent…

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Today in Southern History: Battle of South Mountain

Today in Southern History: Battle of South Mountain

14 September 1862  On this date in 1862… During the Maryland campaign a successful delaying action at the Battle of South Mountain (Boonesboro Gap) Maryland allowed General Robert E. Lee to reunite the divided Army of Northern Virginia before confronting the Federals at Sharpsburg three days later. Other Years: 1807 – Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was…

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Today in Southern History: Bombardment of Ft. McHenry

Today in Southern History: Bombardment of Ft. McHenry

13 September 1814  The British bombard Ft. McHenry On this date in 1814… In 1814, British warships bombarded Ft. McHenry in the harbor at Baltimore Maryland.  The battle inspired a prisoner on one of the ships, Francis Scott Key, to write the poem, “The Defence of Ft. McHenry.”  The poem was later set to the…

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Today in Southern History: The Beloved Curmudgeon

Today in Southern History: The Beloved Curmudgeon

12 September 1880  On this date in 1880… In 1880, Southern writer, editor, social critic, and beloved curmudgeon H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Other Years: 1722 – A hurricane struck the Louisiana coast, sinking a large number of ships near New Orleans. 1862 – Colonel Joe Porter’s Confederate troops raided Palmyra, Missouri in…

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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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Today in Southern History: The Fort Mims Massacre

Today in Southern History: 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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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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Today in Southern History: Hurricane Katrina

Today in Southern History: 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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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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Today in Southern History: Comrades of the Southern Cross

Today in Southern History: 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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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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Today in Southern History: The Comair Crash

Today in Southern History: 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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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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Today in Southern History: Women’s Suffrage

Today in Southern History: 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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