21 September 1780
On this date in 1780…
Militia Colonel William R. Davie launched a surprise attack on a Loyalist camp, which included elements of the British Legion commanded by Banastre Tarleton at Wahab’s Plantation, in present-day Union County, North Carolina. Tarleton was absent and his troops fled with heavy losses.
1863 – Confederates under General Braxton Bragg stampeded federal troops to end the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia.
1981 – The U.S. Senate confirmed Sandra Day O’Connor of El Paso, Texas asthe first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
1996 – The board of all-male Virginia Military Institute voted to admit women.1996 – The Defense of Marriage Act passed the United States Congress by a landslide and prohibited federal recognition of same-sex marriage.
2005 – Hurricane Rita became the third most intense hurricane to strike the South.
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