Fort Necessity – Today In Southern History

4 June 1754  

On this date in 1754…

Colonel George Washington and his small British and Virginian military force started construction of Fort Necessity during the French and Indian War. 

Other Years:

  • 1812 – Most of Louisiana Territory was officially renamed Missouri Territory.
  • 1816 – The first double-decker steamboat, the Washington, was launched at Wheeling in western Virginia.
  • 1862 – Confederate troops evacuated Fort Pillow, Tennessee to avoid encirclement by invading federal naval and land forces. 
  • 1939 – The first shopping cart was introduced by Sylvan Goldman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 1985 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Alabama’s “moment of silence” law saying that it was too similar to prayer in public schools.

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