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President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law seizing the lands of the “Five Civilized Tribes.” Congress codified Jackson’s suggestion that the U.S. government renege on all of the previous peace treaties, which granted Indians their lands forever, and remove all Indians west of the Mississippi River.
1774 – The first Continental Congress convened in Virginia.
1818 – Confederate General P. G.T. Beauregard was born at the “Contreras” sugar-cane plantation in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana.
1888 – World-class Indian athlete Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin near Prague in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.
1971 – Audie Leon Murphy, the most decorated American soldier of WWII died at the age of 46 in a plane crash at Brush Mountain, Virginia.
1984 – U.S. President Ronald Reagan led a state funeral for an unidentified American soldier killed in the Vietnam War. The remains were subsequently placed in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. There is a high probability that this soldier is a Southerner.
1977 – One hundred sixty-five people died in a fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Southgate, Kentucky.
1996 – U.S. President Bill Clinton’s former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James McDougal and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker, were convicted of fraud.
Favorite son of Mississippi, railroad brakeman, and Father of Country Music, Charles “Jimmie” Rodgers died at the age of 35 from a pulmonary hemorrhage due to tuberculosis while staying at the Taft Hotel in New York City.
1540 – The “Lady of Cofitachequi,” held hostage by the Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s expedition, escaped Spanish custody with a large quantity of the pearls that de Soto’s men took from her village.
1835 – A resolution was passed in Congress stating that Congress had no authority over state slavery laws.
1865 – Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi Department.
1868 – The Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal as the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction on all charges.
1938 – The House Committee on Un-American Activities began searching for subversives in the United States.
1961 – The Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established in Atlanta.
1984 – Tulsa Oklahoma got 13″ of rain in 24 hours, 14 people died in the flooding.