The Lost Squadron – Today In Southern History

5 December 1945 

On this date in 1945…

Flight 19, the “Lost Squadron” of five TBM Avenger torpedo bombers disappeared off the coast of Florida disappeared during a training flight in the Bermuda Triangle. All 14 airmen on the flight were lost, as were all 13 crew members of a PBM Mariner flying boat assumed by professional investigators to have exploded in mid-air while searching for the flight.
 

Other Years:

  • 1776 – Phi Beta Kappa, America’s most prestigious undergraduate honor society was founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • 1787 – An Indian war party attacked several settlements along Hacker’s Creek in western Virginia. Four settlers were killed in the fighting.
  • 1835 – The Georgia Guard arrested Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross at his home with historian John Howard Payne who was writing a history of the Cherokee people so they would not be able to attend the “New Echota Treaty” conference.
  • 1862 – Confederates defeated federal cavalry on the Mississippi Central railroad near Coffeeville, Mississippi.
  • 1974 – In the first World Football League Bowl, the Birmingham Americans beat the Florida Blazers, 22-21. 
  • 1988 -Host of the PTL Club, Jim Bakker and his former aide Richard Dortch were indicted by a federal grand jury in North Carolina on fraud and conspiracy charges. 
 
 

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The Real First Thanksgiving – Today In Southern History

4 December 1619 

On this date in 1619…

Thirty-eight colonists arrived from England and ventured ashore to settle the Berkeley Hundred land grant along the James River. The colonists observed a day of prayer and Thanksgiving for their safe passage to the New World and December Fourth became a “yearly and perpetually kept holy” Thanksgiving Day per the plantation charter.
 

Other Years:

  • 1783 – Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers at Fraunces Tavern.
  • 1867 – The National Grange of the Order of Husbandry was founded at Washington, DC.
  • 1943 – Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis announced that any club was free to employ black players.
  • 1954 – The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida.
  • 1965 – Gemini 7 launched with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Comdr. James A. Lovell on board from Cape Canaveral, Florida. 
  • 1987 – Cuban inmates at a federal prison in Atlanta freed their 89 hostages, peacefully ending an 11-day uprising.
  • 2000 – O.J. Simpson was involved in an incident with another motorist in Miami, Florida. Simpson was accused of scratching the other motorists face while pulling off the man’s glasses. 
  • 2001 – O.J. Simpson’s home in Miami, Florida was raided by the FBI in an ongoing two year international investigation into drug trafficking, satellite service pilfering and money laundering
 
 

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Darren Wilson Resigns – Today In Southern History

3 December 2014 

On this date in 2014…

Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in self-defense at Ferguson, Missouri, resigned in an attempt to ease racially motivated rioting in the town.
 

Other Years:

  • 1799 – The Kentucky state legislature passed its second resolution to nullify the Alien and Sedition Acts.
  • 1837 – Accompanied by Cherokee mediators, Mikanopy, and 30 other Seminole leaders arrive at Fort Mellon, near St.Augustine, Florida, today, under a flag of truce, to discuss peace. General Thomas Jesup, much to the shame of the Cherokee, took the Seminole hostage hoping to force the Seminole to surrender.
  • 1828 – Andrew Jackson of Tennessee was elected president of the United States.
  • 1947 – Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway.
  • 1950 – Tulsa, Oklahoma-native Paul Harvey began his national radio news broadcast.
  • 1999 – Victoria Murden of Florida became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone, taking 81 days.
 
 

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ENRON! – Today In Southern History

2 December 2001 

On this date in 2001…

Wall Street darling and Texas money-pit, Enron, filed for bankruptcy devouring millions of innocent investors’ dollars through mismanagement.
 

Other Years:

  • 1761 – The British government decreed that there would be no land grants made for Indian land in British territories without the Crown’s approval.
  • 1823 – U.S. President James Monroe of Virginia presented his doctrine preventing further European expansion in the Western Hemisphere.
  • 1861 – The C.S.S. Patrick Henry was damaged in a two hour battle with Federal gunboats at Newport News, Virginia.
  • 1972 – The December Giant, the largest sinkhole in the U.S. collapsed measuring as much as 425 ft. across and 150 ft. deep near Montevallo, Alabama.
  • 1990 – The Mid-South prepared for a massive earthquake on the New Madrid seismic zone erroneously predicted by Iben Browning.
  • 1993 – The space shuttle Endeavor blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. 
 

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Rosa Parks – Today In Southern History

1 December 1955 

On this date in 1955…

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat at the front of the “colored section” of a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. In response to her arrest, the black community launched a bus boycott that lasted over a year until the buses were desegregated on 21 December 1956. 
 

Other Years:

  • 1805 – The U.S. invited 6 Creek Chiefs to Washington to renegotiate the flint River Treaty of 1804. The U.S. agreed to pay the Creek $206,000 for two million acres. The Creek agreed to allowing a road through their land.
  • 1831 – Peter Pitchlynn and 400 other Choctaw board the steamer Brandywine in Memphis to transport them up to Arkansas Post.
  • 1861 – Troops fought skirmishes at Camp Goggin and Whippoorwill Creek, Kentucky
  • 1884 – Near Frisco, New Mexico, deputy sheriff Elfego Baca held off a gang of 80 Texan cowboys who want to kill him for arresting Charles McCarthy.
  • 1969 – The U.S. government held its first draft lottery since World War II, again drafting Southerners at a higher rate than the rest of the country.
  • 1974 – A Boeing 727 crashed in Upperville, VA killing 92 passengers.
 

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