The First Indian Fight – Today In Southern History

16 July 1585 

On this date in 1585…

Roanoke colonists led by Governor Ralph Lane burned and destroyedthe corn crops of the Algonquin village of Aquascogoc in present-day Hyde County North Carolina when the Indians refused to return a silver cup stolen on the previous days visit.

Other Years:
  • 1790 – The U.S. Congress declared the city of Washington in the District of Columbia to be the permanent capital of the United States.
  • 1894 – Several black strike-breakers hired by a mining company were killed in a fight with striking white miners in Alabama.
  • 1935 – Oklahoma City became the first city in the U.S. to install parking meters. 
  • 1945 – The first detonation of an atomic bomb occurred in a test at the Trinity Site outside Alamogordo, New Mexico as part of the Manhattan Project.
  • 1967 – A prison riot set fire to a prison barracks in Jay, Florida, killing 37 people.
  • 1969 – Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida and began the first manned mission to land on the moon. 

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