8 January 1864
On this date in 1864…
Federal troops hanged 17 year-old David Owen Dodd as a Confederate spy on the grounds of his school at St. John’s College in Little Rock. Too small for military service, Dodd’s neck wouldn’t break when he was hanged. Several yankee cavalrymen grabbed Dodd’s legs and bore down as he slowly strangled. Dodd’s gruesome end, witnessed by thousands of spectators caused him to be anointed the “Boy Martyr of the Confederacy.”
- 1700 – Sieur d’Iberville, Pierre le Moyne established a fort and trading post post on the Mississippi River south of present-day New Orleans, hoping to keep the local Indians from allying with the English or the Spanish.
- 1821 – General James Longstreet was born in South Carolina.
- 1918 – Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th Amendment prohibiting the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages.
- 1925 – Texas appoints the first all-female state supreme court.
- 1935 – Elvis Aaron Presley was born at Tupelo, Mississippi.
- 1955 – Georgia Tech ended the University of Kentucky’s 130 home-game basketball winning streak.
- 2000 – The Sons of Confederate Veterans and thousands of supporters demonstrated in support of Confederate heritage to keep the Confederate Battle Flag flying from the statehouse dome in Columbia, South Carolina.
- 2011 – Six are killed and 13 wounded including Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in an assassination attempt at a Casas Adobes, Arizona Safeway store.
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