Ambush in Arcadia – Today In Southern History

23 May 1934  

On this date in 1934…

Texas Ranger Frank Hamer and deputies killed bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in a police ambush as they drove a stolen Ford Deluxe along a dirt road outside Arcadia in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Other Years:

  • 1609 – The Second Charter of Virginia Colony was officially ratified.
  • 1788 – South Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution and became the 8th U.S. state.
  • 1838 – This was the deadline under the New Echota Treaty for the Cherokee to voluntarily emigrate to Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma. Any Cherokees still east of the Mississippi River past this date were to be forced to leave. 
  • 1861 – Virginia citizens voted 3 to 1 in favorand Virginia officially seceded from the Union. 
  • 1862 – General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson’s troops routed federals at Battle of Front Royal, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley campaign.
  • 1864 – The four-day Battle of North Anna River, Virginia began.
  • 1867 – The James-Younger gang was blamed for a bank robbery in Richmond, Missouri. Two people were killed and $4,000 taken.

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