Tennessee Ernie Ford Dies – Today In Southern History

17 October 1991 

On this date in 17 October 1991…

Country singer Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver disease at the age of 72.

Other Years:

  • 1781 –  British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis agreed to surrender at the Siege of Yorktown, Virginia.
  • 1952 – Country music legend Hank Williams married Billie Jean Jones in Minden, Louisiana.
  • 1978 – U.S. President Carter signed a bill that restored full U.S. citizenship rights to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. 
  • 1992 – A drunken Japanese exchange student, Yoshihiro Hattori, entered the wrong house looking for a party late at night and was shot  dead by the homeowner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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