Faulkner Wins Nobel – Today In Southern History

10 December 1950 

On this date in 1950…

William Faulknerthe greatest writer produced by the United States in the 20th century, accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm, Sweden.


Other Years:

  • 1817 – Mississippi became the 20th U.S. state.
  • 1836: Approximately 1600 Creeks walking the Trail of Tears arrived at Fort Gibson, in eastern Indian Territory.
  • 1861 – The Confederate Congress admitted Kentucky to the Confederacy as the 13th state.
  • 1869 – The first American chapter of Kappa Sigma was founded at the University of Virginia.
  • 1948 – The U.N. General Assembly adopted its Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
  • 1949 – Fats Domino recorded several tracks for Imperial Records, including “The Fat Man,” regarded by some as the first rock and roll record.
  • 1980 – South Carolina Representative John W. Jenretter resigned to avoid being expelled from the U.S. House of Representatives following his conviction on charges to the FBI’s Abscam investigation.

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