Virginia Statehood – Today In Southern History

25 June 1788  

On this date in 1788…

The Commonwealth of Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution against Patrick Henry’s advice and became the 10th U.S. state.

Other Years:

  • 1528 – Spanish Adventurer Pánfilo de Narváez and his expedition crossed the Suwannee River to occupy a village of forty houses they called Apalachen, in Florida where they remained for a month’s fighting frequently with local Indians.
  • 1862 – The Seven Days Battles opened with Battle of King’s School House, Virginia.
  • 1864 – Federal troops surrounding Petersburg, Virgina, began building a mine tunnel underneath the Confederate lines. 
  • 1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were readmitted to the Union.
  • 1962 – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the use of unofficial non-denominational prayer in public schools was unconstitutional. 
  • 2008 – An employee shot and killed five people after an argument, which ended in the gunman’s suicide at Atlantis Plastics in Henderson, Kentucky.

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