Today in Southern History: The Lusitania

7 May 1915  

On this date in 1915…

A German submarine sunk the British ocean liner Lusitania just committing one of the acts that eventually drew America into WWI.

Other Years:

  • 1851 – The Cherokee Nation opened a seminary (high school) for women, north of Park Hill on the Cherokee Reservation in Indian Territory. 
  • 1861 – Virginia was formally admitted into the Confederate States of America.
  • 1865 – Governor Brown surrendered the Georgia State Line Troops and the Georgia Militia to federal General James H. Wilson 
  • 1865 – Confederate Major Henry Wirz was arrested at Andersonville, Georgia on order of federal General James H. Wilson.
  • 1912 – The first airplane equipped with a machine gun flew over College Park, Maryland.
  • 1945 – Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League with six teams.
  • 1958 – Fighter ace and test pilot Howard “Scrappy” Johnson of Knoxville, Tennessee broke the world’s altitude record by over 14,000 feet, soaring at 91,249 feet in his F–104A Starfighter.
  • 1998 – Leeza Gibbons of Hartsville, South Carolina received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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