Missouri Secession – Today In Southern History

31 October 1861 

The St. Louis Secession Flag

On this date in 1861…

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.

Other Years:

  • 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.

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The James-Younger Gang – Today In Southern History

30 October 1866 

The James-Younger Gang in 1871

On this date in 1866…

The Southern outlaws known as the James-Younger gang were accused of robbing a bank of $2000 in Lexington, Missouri.

 

Other Years:

  • 1831 – After leading the bloodiest slave revolt in American history, Nat Turner was apprehended in Southampton County, Virginia.
  • 1862 – A hurricane struck and foundered many of a fleet of 75 federal blockade ships off the North Carolina coast.
  • 1875 – The reconstruction constitution of Missouri was ratified by popular vote.
  • 1979 – Richard Arrington, Jr. was elected the first black mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
  • 2001 – Michael Jordan returned to the NBA with the Washington Wizards after a 3 1/2 year retirement.

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Black Tuesday – Today In Southern History

29 October 1929 

On this date in 1929…

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.

 

Other Years:

  • 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.

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Moonshine – Today In Southern History

28 October 1919 

On this date in 1919…

Congress passed the Volstead Act prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.”  Moonshining instantly became a big business in the Southern hills. 

 

Other Years:

  • 1793 – Eli Whitney applied for a patent for his cotton gin. 
  • 1863 – Confederate General James Longstreet’s division engaged federal troops at Wauhatchie, Tennessee, in rare night attack.  A total of 865 were killed or wounded. 
  • 1904 – The St. Louis Police Department became the first to use fingerprinting.
  • 1962 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev informed the U.S. that he had ordered the dismantling of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
  • 1965 – The  630 foot high Gateway Arch was completed in St Louis, Missouri.
  • 1981- Edward M McIntrye was elected as the first black mayor of Augusta, Georgia.

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The Plunder of St. Augustine – Today In Southern History

27 October 1702 

On this date in 1702…

 

Other Years:

  • 1787 – The first of the Federalist Papers supporting ratification of the U.S. Constitution was published.
  • 1810 – U.S. President James Madison signed the law that annexed the Republic of West Florida as U.S. Territory.
  • 1838 – Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issued the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.
  • 1864 – Federal troops attacked the South Side Railroad at Petersburg, Virginia.
  • 1962 – The Soviet Union adds to the Cuban Missile Crisis by calling for the dismantling of U.S. missile basis in Turkey.
  • 1981 – Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, was elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2002 – Floridan Emmitt Smith, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, became the all-time leading rusher in the NFL when he extended his career yardage to 16,743 also scoring his 150th career touchdown.


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Pinckney's Treaty – Today In Southern History

26 October 1795 

On this date in 1795…

Pinckney’s Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi.

Other Years:

  • 1749 – The Georgia Colony reversed an earlier law and ruled slavery legal. 
  • 1774 – The First Continental Congress adjourned its session in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1810 – The U.S. annexed the Republic of West Florida.
  • 1881 – The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” took place in Tombstone, Arizona between Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and Doc Holiday against the Ike Clanton Gang.
  • 1911 – Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson was born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1962 – The Soviet Union made an offer to end the Cuban Missile Crisis by taking their missile bases out of Cuba if the U.S. agreed to not invade Cuba.
 

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Turkeytown – Today In Southern History

25 October 1864 

On this date in 1864…

Confederate General John B. Hood’s troops attacked the federals at Round Mountain near Turkeytown, Alabama.

Other Years:

  • 1760 – George III was crowned King of Britain.
  • 1812: The frigate, USS United States, commanded by Stephen Decatur of Marylandcaptured the British frigate HMS Macedonian.
  • 1929 – Kent Alber B. Fall, of U.S. President Harding‘s cabinet, was found guilty of taking a bribe and sentenced to a year in prison with a $100,000 fine.
  • 1962 – Ambassador Adlai Stevenson presented photographic evidence to the United Nations Security Council of Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
  • 2000 – AT&T Corp. announced that it would restructure into a family of four separately traded companies.

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