Today in Southern History: Virginia Statehood

25 June 1788  

On this date in 1788…

The Commonwealth of Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution against Patrick Henry’s advice and became the 10th U.S. state.

Other Years:

  • 1528 – Spanish Adventurer Pánfilo de Narváez and his expedition crossed the Suwannee River to occupy a village of forty houses they called Apalachen, in Florida where they remained for a month’s fighting frequently with local Indians.
  • 1862 – The Seven Days Battles opened with Battle of King’s School House, Virginia.
  • 1864 – Federal troops surrounding Petersburg, Virgina, began building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines. 
  • 1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
  • 1962 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the use of unofficial non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional. 
  • 2008 – An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman’s suicide at Atlantis Plastics in Henderson, Kentucky.

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