Today in Southern History: The Civil Rights Act

11 April 1968

On this date in 1968…

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibiting discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of housing.


Other Years:

  • 1862 – Fort Pulaski, Georgia near the mouth of the Savannah River fell to federal troops.
  • 1881 – Spelman College was founded in Atlanta, Georgia as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary for black women.
  • 1970 – The ill-fated Apollo 13 moon mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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