John Brown’s Raid – Today In Southern History

16 October 1859 

On this date in 1859…

John Brown and 21 armed northern terrorists took 60 hostages and seized the federal arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia.

Other Years:

  • 1925 – The Texas State School Board prohibited the teaching of evolution.
  • 1954 – Elvis Presley first appeared on the Louisiana Hayride show in Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • 1957 – Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip visited Williamsburg, Virginia.
  • 1987 – After a 58 hour ordeal, rescuers freed Jessica McClure from the abandoned well that she had fallen into in Midland, Texas.
  • 1991 – George Jo Hennard, age 35, killed 23 people then himself & wounded 20 others at a Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas.
  • 1997 – Charles Schulz and his wife Jeannie announced that they would give $1 million toward the construction of a D-Day memorial to be placed in Virginia.
  • 2002 – The Arthur Andersen accounting firm was sentenced to five years probation and fined $500,000 for obstructing a federal investigation of the energy company Enron. 

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