Today in Southern History: Six Flags

1 August 1961  

On this date in 1961…

The largest and premier Southern amusement park at the time, Six Flags Over Texas opened in Arlington, Texas.

Other Years:
  • 1781 – British army commanded Lord Cornwallis occupied Yorktown, Virginia.
  • 1966 – Charles Whitman wounded 31 and killed 16 people from the bell tower at University of Texas in Austin before himself being killed by a police officer.
  • 1993 – The Great Mississippi and Missouri Rivers Flood of 1993 crests.
  • 2001 – Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore installed a Ten Commandments monument in the state judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit from the Southern Poverty Law Center to have it removed and eventually his own removal from the court.

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