Today in Southern History: Gone With the Wind

3 May 1937  

On this date in 1937…

Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her Southern opus, Gone with the Wind.

Other Years:

  • 1568 – French forces slaughtered hundreds of Spanish and their Indian allies in Florida. 
  • 1802 – Washington, DC, was incorporated.
  • 1863 – The second Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
  • 1864 – Confederate troops unsuccessfully assaulted Federal positions on the third day of battle at Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • 1901 – Fire destroyed 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 1921 – Western Virginia imposed the first state sales tax.
  • 1933 – Nellie Ross of St. Joseph, Missouri took over as the first woman director of the U.S. Mint. 
  • 1971 – Anti-Vietnam War protesters calling themselves the Mayday Tribe began four days of demonstrations in Washington, D.C., aimed at shutting down the U.S. capital.
  • 1971 – James Earl Ray, convicted of the Martin Luther King assassination, failed in a jailbreak attempt. 
  • 1988 – More than 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine was seized at Tarpon Springs Florida.
  • 2006 – Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia for his part in the 9-11 terror plot.

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