16 March 1899
On this date in 1899…
A series of gunfights broke out over political differences and gambling profits between city police and the county sheriff’s officers in Hot Springs, Arkansas. When the smoke cleared four lawmen and a bartender lay dead, several officers and bystanders were wounded. At the time, the gunfight garnered more publicity than the better known (today) and less bloody Gunfight at the OK Corral.
- 1830 – After a shady election and a rump council, Greenwood le Flore is elected as Chief of the Choctaw Nation. Le Flore favors selling Choctaw lands and moving to Indian Territory.
- 1836 – The Republic of Texas approved its first constitution.
- 1861 – Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was impeached for refusing to support the Confederate States.
- 1861 – Arizona Territory voted to cease relations with the U.S. and become a Confederate Territory.
- 1918 – Tallulah Bankhead of Huntsille, Alabama made her New York acting debut with a role in “The Squab Farm.”
- 1995 – The Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolished slavery and ratified the 13th Amendment.
- 1995 – NASA astronaut Norman Thagard of Florida became the first American to visit the Russian space station Mir.
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