The Smokies – Today In Southern History

15 June 1934 

On this date in 1934…

The U.S. Congress established the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee and North Carolina on what was once Cherokee land.

Other Years:

  • 1822 – Denmark Vessy instigated and led a slave rebellion in South Carolina.
  • 1836 – Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state.
  • 1863 – The Battle of Winchester, Virginia.
  • 1969 – The Southern country music, variety, and comedy show, Hee Haw first aired on CBS television and continued unabated for 21 years.
  • 1970 – Black mobs rioted in Miami, Florida.
  • 1971 – Black mobs rioted in Jacksonville, Florida.

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