The Statehouse Dome Flag – Today In Southern History

30 June 2000  

On this date in 2000…

Despite overwhelming public opposition, the Confederate Battleflag was removed from the statehouse dome in Columbia, South Carolina.  Voter outrage with a “No Votes for Turncoats” campaign replaced the governor and almost all legislators responsible during the next election.

Other Years:

  • 1521 – Spanish Captains Francisco Gordillo, and Pedro de Quexos, landed in Florida and claimed it for the King of Spain.
  • 1831 – Future Confederate General Robert E. Lee married Mary Custis at the Arlington House in Arlington, Virginia.
  • 1834 – The U.S. Congress created Indian Territory in present-day Oklahoma.
  • 1862 – The Battle of Frayser’s Farm (White Oak Swamp), Virginia.
  • 1870 – The steamboats Natchez and Robert E. Lee began their historic race on the Mississippi River at New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 1911 – The U.S. Assay Office in St Louis, Missouri closed.
  • 1936 – Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone with the Wind was published.
  • 1986 – Georgia’s anti-sodomy law was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision.
  • 2013 – Nineteen fire fighters were killed while trying to control a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona.

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