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Today in Southern History: Explorer I

Today in Southern History: Explorer I

31 January 1958 On this date in 1958…  Explorer I was the first satellite launched by the United States was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida by the Jupiter C rocket and was designed, built, and launched under the direction of Dr. Wernher Von Braun. Other Years: 1861 – Louisiana state troops seized the U.S. Mint…

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Today in Southern History: Osceola

Today in Southern History: Osceola

30 January 1838  On this date in 1838…  Seminole Chief Osceola died in prison at Fort Moultrie, on Charleston Harbor, South Carolina from what many say was a broken heart. Other Years: 1712 – During the Tuscarora War, South Carolina settlers and Indian allies led by Colonel John Barnwell destroyed a fort built and manned by…

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Today in Southern History: The Raven

Today in Southern History: The Raven

29 January 1845  On this date in 1845…  Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” was first published in the New York Evening Mirror. American literature has never been the same since. Other Years: 1802 – John Beckley of Virginia was appointed first Librarian of Congress. 1832 – Folsom’s band of Choctaw reached the Kiamichi River region of…

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Today in Southern History: The Challenger Disaster

Today in Southern History: The Challenger Disaster

28 January 1986  On this date in 1986…  The space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.  The blast killed all seven crew members, including flight commander Francis R. “Dick” Scobee; pilot Michael J. Smith; Ronald E. McNair; Ellison S. Onizuka; Judith A. Resnik; Gregory B. Jarvis; and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. Other…

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Today in Southern History: Indian Territory

Today in Southern History: Indian Territory

27 January 1825  On this date in 1825… The U.S. Congress approved Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians down the “Trail of Tears.” Other Years: 1785 – The first state university was chartered at Athens, Georgia. 1814 – Red Stick Creeks attacked an encampment of almost 1,000…

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Today in Southern History: Audie Murphy

Today in Southern History: Audie Murphy

26 January 1945  On this date in 1945…  While covering the men of his company near Holtzwihr, France, Texan 2nd Lt. Audie Murphy killed more than 240 German soldiers and destroyed 6 tanks. For this and other courageous actions, Murphy became the most decorated American soldier of WWII. Other Years: 1716 – A Creek and Yamassee…

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Today in Southern History: CIA Employees Attacked

Today in Southern History: CIA Employees Attacked

25 January 1993  On this date in 1993…  Muslim extremist Mir Aimal Qazi fired on CIA employees as they waited in their cars at a stoplight near the entrance of Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Virginia.  Two CIA employees were killed and three others wounded. Qazi was convicted of capital murder and executed by lethal injection…

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Today in Southern History: Enitachopco Creek

Today in Southern History: Enitachopco Creek

24 January 1814  On this date in 1814… An attack by Andrew Jackson’s force of American soldiers and Indian allies caused considerable losses on the Red Stick Creeks led by William Weatherford at Enitachopco Creek in Alabama. Other Years: 1781- Lt. Col. Henry Lee and Francis Marion’s Patriot troops raided British installations at Georgetown, South Carolina….

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Today in Southern History: New Madrid Quake Starts a War

Today in Southern History: New Madrid Quake Starts a War

23 January 1812  On this date in 1812… An estimated magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Missouri boot-heel during the New Madrid earthquake swarm and was felt all across the South. When Shawnee chief Tecumseh had visited the Creek Indians, he told them to wait for a sign which would tell then it was time to begin…

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Today in Southern History: Infanticide!

Today in Southern History: Infanticide!

22 January 1973  On this date in 1973… The US Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade opinion legalizing abortion-on-demand and over-ruling laws against infanticide in all Southern states. Other Years: 1599 – In retaliation for an ambushed patrol, Spanish soldiers attacked the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico, burning most of the village and killing more…

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Today in Southern History: Jackson’s Birthday

Today in Southern History: Jackson’s Birthday

21 January 1824  On this date in 1824… Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia. Other Years: 1698 – French missionary Father de Montigny reached the Tensas Indian village on the Mississippi River in Louisiana and stayed with them to instruct them in Catholic Christianity. 1789 – Georgetown College was established as…

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Today in Southern History: Iran Hostages Released

Today in Southern History: Iran Hostages Released

20 January 1981   On this date in 1981… Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, just minutes after the U.S. presidency passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. Other Years: 1801 – John Marshall of Virginia was appointed chief justice of the United States.  1861 – Mississippi state troops seized federal installations at Ship Island…

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Today in Southern History: Lee’s Birthday

Today in Southern History: Lee’s Birthday

19 January 1807  On this date in 1807… Confederate General Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia. Other Years: 1847 – Governor George Bent was attacked, killed, and scalped along with eight other Americans in Don Fernandez de Taos (now Taos) New Mexico while trying to prevent a revolt of Mexican and Pueblo Indians. Many…

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Today in Southern History: Thorpe’s Medals Returned

Today in Southern History: Thorpe’s Medals Returned

18 January 1983  On this date in 1983… Jim Thorpe‘s two confiscated Olympic gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm pentathlon and decathlon were returned to his heirs. Other Years: 1803 – Thomas Jefferson by secret communication with Congress sought authorization for the first official exploratory expedition by the U.S. government. 1862 – The Confederate Territory of Arizona was…

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Today in Southern History: Cowpens

Today in Southern History: Cowpens

17 January 1781 On this date in 1781… Continental Army forces and militia commanded by Daniel Morgan of Virginia won a decisive victory over the British Army led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton  at the Battle of Cowpens in northwestern Cherokee County, South Carolina. Cowpens was a turning point in the Patriot campain to retake South Carolina…

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Today in Southern History: Ma Barker

Today in Southern History: Ma Barker

16 January 1935  On this date in 1935… FBI agents killed Missouri gangsters Fred and Ma Barker at their hideout in Lake Weir, Florida. Other Years: 1825 – Confederate General George Pickett was born in Richmond, Virginia.  1831 – Mushulatubbe declared he would resign as Chief of the Choctaw when removal to Indian Territory started. He…

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Today in Southern History: Bill Doolin

Today in Southern History: Bill Doolin

15 January 1895  On this date in 1895… Deputy U.S. Marshal Bill Tilghman captured outlaw Bill Doolin of the “Wild Bunch” while Doolin recuperated at a health resort at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Tilghman entered a bath house, and spotted Bill Doolin seated in the lobby. After A breif struggle Tilghman returned Doolin to Oklahoma for trial….

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Today in Southern History: The Father Of Oceanography

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…

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Today in Southern History: Douglas Wilder

Today in Southern History: Douglas Wilder

13 January 1990  On this date in 1990…  Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected black governor in the U.S. when he took the oath of office in Richmond. Other Years: 1794 – U.S. President George Washington approved adding two stars and two stripes to the American flag, following the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the union.  1815 – During the War…

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Today in Southern History: Canyon de Chelly

Today in Southern History: Canyon de Chelly

12 January 1864  On this date in 1864…  Kit Carson and Captain Albert Pfeiffer attacked the Navajo tribesmen in Canyon de Chelly who have been ordered to move to the Bosque Redondo Reservation, but refused in New Mexico Other Years: 1773 – The first public museum in America was established in Charleston, SC.  1861 – Florida state…

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