Jackson’s Birthday – Today In Southern History

21 January 1824 

On this date in 1824…

Confederate General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was born in Clarksburg, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1698 – French missionary Father de Montigny reached the Tensas Indian village on the Mississippi River in Louisiana and stayed with them to instruct them in Catholic Christianity.
  • 1789 – Georgetown College was established as the first Catholic college in the U.S. in Washington, DC.
  • 1861 – Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resigned after their states seceded.
  • 1880 – Memphis, Tennessee started operation of the first sewage disposal system separate from storm drains in the U.S. designed George E. Waring,Jr.
  • 1987 – B.B. King donated his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi.
  • 1997 – A judge in Fairfax, Virginia sentenced Mir Aimal Kasi to death for an attack outside the CIA headquarters in 1993 that killed two men and wounded three other people. 

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Iran Hostages Released – Today In Southern History

20 January 1981  

On this date in 1981…

Iran released 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days, just minutes after the U.S. presidency passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan.

Other Years:

  • 1801 – John Marshall of Virginia was appointed chief justice of the United States
  • 1861 – Mississippi state troops seized federal installations at Ship Island in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 1868 –  Florida’s reconstruction constitutional convention met in Tallahassee.
  • 1870 – The Mississippi  reconstruction legislature elected AME minister Hiram R. Revels to finish the term of Jefferson Davis as U.S. Senator for Mississippi.
  • 1891 – James Hogg took office as the first native-born governor of Texas
  • 1952 – In Juarez, Mexico, Patricia McCormick of Texas debuted as the first professional woman bullfighter from the United States.
  • 1988 – An Arizona committee opened a hearing on the impeachment of Governor Evan Mecham.
  • 1994 – Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South Carolina under court order but soon dropped out.

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Lee’s Birthday – Today In Southern History

19 January 1807 

On this date in 1807…

Confederate General Robert E. Lee was born in Stratford, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1847 – Governor George Bent was attacked, killed, and scalped along with eight other Americans in Don Fernandez de Taos (now Taos) New Mexico while trying to prevent a revolt of Mexican and Pueblo Indians. Many Mexicans would join the revolt against the Americans.
  • 1861 – Georgia seceded from the Union.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky.
  • 1937 – Texas millionaire Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record by flying his monoplane from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
  • 1977 – Snow fell for the only time in recorded history in Miami, Florida. Snow also fell in the Bahamas.
  • 1982 – A heater exploded at Star Elementary School in Spencer, Oklahoma, killing 6 children and a teacher.
  • 1987 – Guy Hunt became Alabama’s first Republican governor since 1874.

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Thorpe’s Medals Returned – Today In Southern History

18 January 1983 

On this date in 1983…

Jim Thorpe‘s two confiscated Olympic gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm pentathlon and decathlon were returned to his heirs.


Other Years:

  • 1803 – Thomas Jefferson by secret communication with Congress sought authorization for the first official exploratory expedition by the U.S. government.
  • 1862 – The Confederate Territory of Arizona was formed
  • 1916 – A 611 gram chondrite-type meteorite struck a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri.
  • 1939 – Louis Armstrong and his orchestra recorded “Jeepers Creepers.”
  • 1981 – Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachuted off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories
  • 1990 – Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for drug possession in an FBI sting

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Cowpens – Today In Southern History

17 January 1781

On this date in 1781…

Continental Army forces and militia commanded by Daniel Morgan of Virginia won a decisive victory over the British Army led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton  at the Battle of Cowpens in northwestern Cherokee County, South Carolina. Cowpens was a turning point in the Patriot campain to retake South Carolina from British control.

Other Years:

  • 1806 – James Madison Randolph, grandson of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, was the first child born in the White House.
  • 1821 – Mexico permitted Moses Austin and 300 American families to settle in Texas. After Moses Austin’s death leadership of the colony passes to his son Stephen F. Austin.
  • 1874 – Armed Democrats seized and liberated the Texas government, ending radical reconstruction in Texas.
  • 1893 – A group northern US-backed businessmen and sugar planters forced Hawaii’s Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate her throne. The coup ended Hawaii’s ancestral monarchy. 
  • 1900 – Yaqui Indians in Texas proclaimed their independence from Mexico.
  • 1983 – Alabama Gov George C Wallace, became governor for a record fourth time.
  • 1998 – U.S. President Bill Clinton gave his deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit becoming the first U.S. President to testify as a defendant in a criminal or civil lawsuit. 

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