The Philadelphia Three – Today In Southern History

21 June 1964  

On this date in 1964…

Three civil rights workers , Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, were released from jail in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later. Eight members of the Ku Klux Klan went to prison on federal conspiracy charges, but none served more than six years.

Other Years:

  • 1674 – A mission was established for the Chatot Indians west of the Apalachicola River.
  • 1810 – Future general and U.S. President Zachary Taylor married Margaret Smith near Louisville, Kentucky.
  • 1858 – Louisiana prodigy Paul Morphy arrived in Europe to challenge and defeat the world’s leading masters of chess.
  • 1915 – The U.S. Supreme Court published its decision in Guinn v. United States, striking down an Oklahoma law denying some citizens the right to vote.
  • 1946 – Ten people died in a fire at the Baker Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
  • 1971 – Fifty thousand people attended the Celebration of Life rock concert outside McCrea, Louisiana.
  • 2001 – A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicted 13 Saudis and a Lebanese man for the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American servicemen.

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