The Bear – Today In Southern History

11 September 1913  

On this date in 1913…

In 1913, Legendary college football Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant was born near Fordyce, Arkansas.

Other Years:

    • 1297 – Scotsman William Wallace defeated the English forces of Sir Hugh de Cressingham at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
    • 1786 – The Convention of Annapolis opened with the aim of revising the articles of the confederation
    • 1842 – 1,400 Mexican troops captured San Antonio, Texas. The Mexicans retreated with prisoners
    • 1897 – A ten-week strike of coal workers in Westerm Virginia came to an end with workers winning an eight-hour workday, semi-monthly pay, and the abolition of company stores. 
    • 1899 – Louisiana governor and musician, Jimmie Davis (You Are My Sunshine) was born in Quitman, Louisiana. 
    • 1941 – In Arlington, Virginia the groundbreaking ceremony for the Pentagon was held.
    • 1952 – Dr. Charles Hufnagel of Louisville, Kentucky successfully replaced a diseased aorta valve with an artificial valve made of plastic.
    • 1997 – After 290 years of forced union with England, the people of Scotland approved the establishment of their own parliament to run domestic affairs.
    • 2001 – Islamic terrorists used hijacked four domestic airliners to attack the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. The attacks claimed 2,977 innocent victims.

    Read: Why Know Southern History?

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