First Southerner on the Moon – Today In Southern History

18 November 1813 

On this date in 1969…

 Apollo 12 astronauts Alan L. Bean of Texas and Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. landed on the lunar surface during the second manned mission to the moon. Bean was the first Southerner on the moon.

Other Years:

  • 1813 – Members of the Hillabi Clan of the Muskogee Creeks  offered to surrender to General Andrew Jackson, but other troops unaware of the agreement attacked the unsuspecting Hillabee village. Five dozen Hillabis are killed, and 250 are captured. The attack enraged the Hillabis and they become the fiercest fighters of the Creek War.
  • 1852 – Rose Philippine Duchesne died in St. Charles, Missouri. She would later be canonized as a saint on July 3, 1988 by Pope John Paul II.
  • 1865 – Samuel L. Clemens published “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” under the pen name “Mark Twain” in the New York “Saturday Press.”
  • 1999 – Twelve were killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University in College Station when a massive homecoming bonfire under construction collapsed.

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