To Hell and Back – Today In Southern History

22 September 1955 

On this date in 1955…

Universal Pictures released To Hell and Back, the autobiographical movie of Southern hero Audie Murphy’s actions in WWII.  Murphy was reluctant to appear in the film, but was eventually convinced to do so by the studio in order to honor his fallen comrades.

Other Years:

1565 – A hurricane off Florida’s Atlantic coast sank several of a fleet of French warships.
1711 – The Tuscarora War began in present-day North Carolina.
1833 – Confederate General and author of the SCV Charge, Stephen D. Lee was born in Charleston, South Carolina.
1862 – President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all slaves in Confederate-held territory should be free as of 1 January 1863.
1913 – A coal mine explosion killed 263 miners at Dawson, New Mexico.
1915 – Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas held its first day of classes.

1969 – Willie Mays of Westfield, Alabama hit his 600th career home run.
1993 – A barge struck a railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama causing the deadliest train wreck in Amtrak history, killing forty-seven passengers.

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