Ponce De Leon – Today In Southern History

27 September 1514 

On this date in 1514…

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon was granted the title Military Governor of Bimini and Florida.

Other Years:

1862 – Federal General W.T. Sherman ordered that for every instance of firing onto a supply boat, ten families should be expelled from Memphis, Tennessee. Sherman then began placing Confederate prisoners on boats as human shields.
1864 – The Centralia Massacre occurred in Missouri when twenty-four Federal soldiers were captured and executed by troops under “Bloody Bill” Anderson as retaliation for similar atrocities commited against Confederates.
1964 – The Warren Commission issued a report concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in assassinating President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.
1864 – The Battle of Fort Davidson at Pilot Knob, Missourri was the opening engagement of General Sterling Price’s Missourri Raid. Federal troops fled the fort under cover of darkness, ending the battle with forces suffering 1,700 combined casualties.
1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name occurred en route from Monroe, Virginia, to Spencer, North Carolina.
1930 – Bobby Jones of Atlanta, Georgia won the U.S. Amateur Championship to complete what was then the Grand Slam of golf: the U.S. Open, British Open, U.S. Amateur, and British Amateur.
1998 – Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals set a major league baseball record when he hit his 70th home run of the season.

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