The Beloved Curmudgeon – Today In Southern History

12 September 1880 

On this date in 1880…

In 1880, Southern writer, editor, social critic, and beloved curmudgeon H.L. Mencken was born in Baltimore, Maryland.

Other Years:

  • 1722 – A hurricane struck the Louisiana coast, sinking a large number of ships near New Orleans.
  • 1862 – Colonel Joe Porter’s Confederate troops raided Palmyra, Missouri in an effort to free the town from its occupation.
  • 1928 – A hurricane in Florida killed 6,000.
  • 1965 –  Hurricane Betsy struck Florida and Louisiana killing 75.
  • 1979 – Hurricane Frederick hit Mobile, Alabama, killing 5 and doing $23 million in damage.
  • 1984 – University of North Carolina star Michael Jordan signed a seven-year contract to play basketball with the Chicago Bulls. 
  • 1984 – Florida-native Dwight Gooden while playimg for the New York Mets set a rookie strikeout record with his 251st strikeout of the season.
  • 2003 – Legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash died at the age of 71 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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