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Missouri Governor Claiborne Fox Jackson signed the Missouri Ordinance of Secession in Neosho, Missouri since the Missouri’s capital, Jefferson City, had already been occupied by Federal invaders and troops raised from recent German socialist immigrants.
1860 – Juliette Gordon Low, the founder off the Girl Scouts, was born in Savannah, Georgia.
1961 – A federal judge ruled that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields were illegal.
1969 – Wal-Mart Discount City stores were incorporated in Bentonville, Arkansas.
1969 – A race riot erupted in Jacksonville, Florida.
2002 – A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corporation chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the company’s collapse.
Black Tuesday descended on the New York Stock Exchange. Prices collapsed amid panic selling and thousands of investors were wiped out as America’s Great Depression began. The American South was hardest hit.
1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.
1877 – Confederate Lt. General Nathan Bedford Forrest died at Memphis, Tennessee.
1904 – First intercity trucking service opened between Colorado City and Snyder, Texas.
1940 – The first peacetime military draft began in the U.S.
1960 – Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) fo Louisville, Kentucky won his first professional fight.
1969 – The U.S. Supreme Court ordered an immediate end to all school segregation.
1995 – Jerry Rice of Starkville, Mississippi. p;aying for the San Francisco 49ers, became the NFL’s career leading receiver yards with 14,040 yards.