Ferguson Riots – Today In Southern History

25 November 2014 

On this date in 2014…

The Ferguson Riots and protests erupted across U.S. after Missouri grand jury declined to bring charges against a white Ferguson policeman who killed a black teenager in self-defense. The Missouri Governor ordered more National Guard troops to  Ferguson, but it failed to prevent a second night of rioting and looting which were characterized as the worst since the incident began.

Other Years:

  • 1712: The Commander of the Carolina militia, Colonel Pollock met with Chief Tom Blunt during the Tuscarora War and signed a non-aggression treaty.
  • 1850 – Texas relinquished one-third of its territory in exchange for $10 million from the U.S. to pay its public debts and settle border disputes.
  • 1863 – Confederate lines were overrun at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee.
  • 1894 – Nineteen Hopi were arrested by the army for interfering with “friendly” Hopi Indian activities on their Arizona reservation. The nineteen prisoners were held in Alcatraz prison in California until 7 August 1895.
  • 1951 – Seventeen died in a Woodstock, Alabama train wreck.

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