Busing – Today In Southern History

20 April 1971  

A Boston Busing Protest

On this date in 1971…

In Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of forced busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. Riots soon broke out in Boston and violent opposition to court-ordered busing plans in many cities continued until they were removed in the late 1990’s.

Other Years:

  • 1537 – Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto received permission from the Spanish Crown to “conquer, pacify, and people” the land from Rio de las Palmas to Cape Fear, Florida.
  • 1606 – The first charter of Virginia colony was issued by the English Crown.
  • 1861 – Texas state troops seized the U.S. Coast Guard schooner Twilight at Port Aransas.  
  • 1861 – Confederate sympathizers seized the federal arsenal at Liberty, Missouri.
  • 1904 – The Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened in St Louis, Missouri.
  • 1920 – Tornadoes killed 219 in Alabama and Mississippi.
  • 1985 – The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms raided The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord religious commune in northern Arkansas. Like the later Waco raid, the C.S.A. raid was long on publicity, short on evidence.
  • 1994 – Danny Harold Rolling was sentenced to death in Florida for the murder of five people.
  • 2007 – A man armed with a handgun barricaded himself in NASA’s Johnson Space Center at Houston, Texas, later killing a male hostage and himself.

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