Sam Steele Murdered – Today In Southern History

10 March 1893  

On this date in 1893…

New Mexico State University canceled its first graduation ceremony after its only graduate Sam Steele was robbed and killed the night before.

Other Years:

  • 1656 – In the colony of Virginia, suffrage was extended to all free men regardless of religion. 
  • 1785 – Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was appointed minister to France, succeeding  Benjamin Franklin. 
  • 1848 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the war with Mexico
  • 1865 – Skirmish at Boyd’s Station, Alabama
  • 1969 – James Earl Ray pled guilty in Memphis to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. He later repudiated the guilty plea and maintained his innocence until his death in April, 1998.
  • 1994 – White House officials began testifying before a federal grand jury about the Whitewater controversy, a botched real estate development in Arkansas.

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