The Southern Manifesto – Today In Southern History

12 March 1956  

On this date in 1956…

Eighty-two Southern Representatives and nineteen Southern Senators issued the Southern Manifesto in Congress to admonish the U.S. Supreme Court for “clear abuse of judicial power,” and to protest federal meddling in local matters.

Other Years:

  • 1848 – Cherokee Chief Tahchee, one of the original Cherokee settlers to move west, died in Indian Territory.
  • 1863 – President Jefferson Davis delivered his State of the Confederacy address. 
  • 1865 – The Battle of Lone Jack, Missouri.
  • 1884 – Mississippi established the first state-owned womens’ college in the U.S., the Mississippi Industrial Institute and College.
  • 1894 – Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time at the Biedenharn Candy Company in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
  • 1912 – Juliet Gordon Low founded the Girl Guides (now the Girl Scouts of America) in Savannah, Georgia.
  • 1981 – Walter Witschey installed the world’s largest analemmatic sundial at Richmond, Virginia.
  • 1993 – Janet Reno of Florid was sworn in as the first female U.S. attorney general.

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