Aaron Burr Arrested – Today In Southern History

19 February 1807  

On this date in 1807…

U.S. Vice-President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason in a plot to steal and become dictator of a large swath of the Louisiana Purchase.

Other Years:

  • 1778 – Virginia Governor Patrick Henry wrote a letter to Colonel William Fleming suggesting that the murderers of Shawnee Chief Cornstalk were British agents trying to instigate a fight with the Indians to divert Virginia troops away from the Revolutionary War.
  • 1846 – Texas formally installed a state government in Austin, Texas.
  • 1917 – Novelist Carson McCullers was born in Columbus, Georgia.
  • 1942 – President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order that resulted in the internment of Japanese-Americans living on the West Coast. Thousands were relocated to concentration camps built in the rural South and West.
  • 1950 – A ground-breaking ceremony was held for Mississippi Vocational College, which later became Mississippi Valley State University.
  • 1953 – Georgia approved the first literature censorship board in the U.S.
  • 1966 – Janis Joplin debuted as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company.
  • 1968 – The first U.S. teachers strike started in Florida.
  • 1998 – Grand Old Opry star, Louis Marshal “Grandpa” Jones died at the age of 84 from the effects of a stroke in Nashville, Tennessee.

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