Lincoln Goes Nuts – Today In Southern History

27 May 1863  

On this date in 1863…

An enraged Abraham Lincoln ordered the arrest of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney after Taney issued ex parte Merryman to challenge the authority of the president and the military to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Maryland.

Other Years:

  • 1607 – Virginia settles fought their first significant battle against Indians of the Powhattan Confederation.
  • 1864 – The Battle of Pickett’s Mill, Georgia.
  • 1896 – The Great St. Louis tornado killed more than 1000 people in and around St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1926 – Bronze statues of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were erected in Hannibal, Missouri.
  • 1935 – The U.S. Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt’s National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional. 
  • 1969 – Construction of Walt Disney World began outside Orlando, Florida.
  • 1986 – Mel Fisher recovered a jar that contained 2,300 emeralds from the Spanish ship Atocha that sank off the Florida coast in the 17th century
  • 1995 – In Culpeper, Virginia, “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after a fall from his horse in a riding competition.
  • 1997 – The Supreme Court ruled that the sexual harassment suit filed by Paula Jones could continue while U.S. President Bill Clinton was in office.
  •  1998 – Michael Fortier was sentenced to 12 years prison for not warning anyone about the Oklahoma City bombing plot.

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