The Statehouse Dome Flag – Today In Southern History

30 June 2000  

On this date in 2000…

Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Confederate Battleflag was removed from the statehouse dome in Columbia, South Carolina.  Voter outrage with a “No Votes for Turncoats” campaign replaced the governor and almost all legislators responsible during the next election.

Other Years:

  • 1521 – Spanish Captains Francisco Gordillo, and Pedro de Quexos, landed in Florida and claimed it for the King of Spain.
  • 1831 – Future Confederate General Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis at the Arlington House in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1834 – The U.S. Congress created Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Frayser’s Farm (White Oak Swamp), Virginia.
  • 1870 – The steamboats Natchez and Robert E. Lee began their historic race on the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1911 – The U.S. Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closed.
  • 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind was published.
  • 1986 – Georgia’s anti-sodomy law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.
  • 2013 – Nineteen fire fighters were killed while trying to control a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.

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The Great Compromiser – Today In Southern History

29 June 1852  

On this date in 1852…

The Great Compromiser, statesman Henry Clay of Kentucky died at the age of seventy-five in Washington, D.C. With Clay’s passing the South would soon learn that compromise is not necessarily a good thing.

Other Years:

  • 1704 – A force of 50 South Carolinian militia and 1,000 Creek warriors attacked and destroyed the Spanish San Damian de Cupahica Mission, near present-day Tallahassee, Florida.
  • 1776 – Virginia adopted a state constitution and chose Patrick Henry as its first state governor.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Savage’s Station, Virginia.
  • 1899 – The Brazos River in Texas flooded 12 miles wide and caused $10 million in damage.

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The Palmetto Fort – Today In Southern History

28 June 1776  

On this date in 1776…

Patriot’s commanded by William Moultrie defended a palmetto log fort on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina against an attack by the British fleet. The palmetto tree was added to South Carolina’s flag in 1861 to commemorate Moultrie’s heroic actions.

Carolina Day, observed every year on June 28 throughout South Carolina, commemorates the successful defeat of British land and naval forces by Carolina and Virginia patriots on 28 June 1776.



Other Years:

  • 1824 – Confederate General William T. Wofford was born in Habersham County, Georgia.
  • 1865 – The cruiser C.S.S. Shenandoah fired the last shot in defense of the Confederate States in the northern Pacific Ocean.
  • 1902 – The U.S. Congress authorized a $1 commemorative gold coin to support the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. 
  • 1935 – U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered a federal gold depository to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky to hold U.S. gold reserves and the gold the government had accumulate since banning private gold ownership by citizens.

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Adobe Walls II – Today In Southern History

27 June 1974  

On this date in 1874…

A Comanche war party attacked a group of twenty-eight buffalo hunters, including Bat Masterson, in what is now Hutchinson County, Texas. The buffalo hunters’ deadly long-range fire successfully held off Chief Quanah Parker and a band of more than 300 warriors in what became known as the Second Battle of Adobe Walls.

Other Years:

  • 1829 – English scientist James Smithson died, leaving an endowment to the U.S. Government to further the knowledge of natural sciences.
  • 1846 – The Smithsonian Institution was established at Washington D.C. by an act of the U.S. Congress.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Gaines’ Mill, Virginia.
  • 1864 – Army of Tennessee Confederates under General Joseph Johnston decimated the federal troops of General William TecumsehSherman at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia
  • 1957 – Hurricane Audrey killed 526 people in Louisiana and Texas.

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The Last Elvis Concert – Today In Southern History

26 June 1977  

On this date in 1977…

Elvis Presley gave what would be his last live performance before a packed crowd at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Other Years:

  • 1791 – American negotiators, led by William Blount, began the illegal Treaty of Holston negotiations today with the Cherokee.
  • 1844 – John Tyler of Virginia married Julia Gardiner, becoming the first U.S. President to marry while in office.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
  • 1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy visited West Berlin, where he made his famous declaration at the Brandenburg Gate: “Ich bin ein Berliner.” He meantto say “I am a Berliner” in German.
  • 1996 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the Virginia Military Institute to admit women or forgo state support. 
  • 2003 – The U.S. Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision and stated in its Lawrence v. Texas decision that gender-based sodomy laws were unconstitutional.

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