Today in Southern History: Freemasons

4 August 1753 

On this date in 1753…

George Washington was raised as a Master Mason. Washington would later become the first Grand Master of American Freemasons.

Other Years:
  • 1862 – Confederate General Hiram Sibley’s brigade burned the federal post at Fort Bliss, Texas.
  • 1901 – Jazz trumpeter and music legend, Louis Armstrong, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1934 – Mel Ott of Gretna, Louisiana became the first major league baseball player to score six runs in a single game.
  • 1964 – The bodies of three civil rights workers were discovered in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, Mississippi.
  • 1972 – Anti-Southern zealot Arthur Bremer was jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor and presidential candidate George Wallace.
  • 1980 Hurricane Aline killed 272 people in Texas and the Caribbean.
  • 1984 – Carl Lewis of Birmingham, Alabama won a gold medal in the Los Angeles Olympics. 
  • 1996 – The 26th Summer Olympic Games closed at Atlanta, Georgia.

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