Waco Begins – Today In Southern History

28 February 1993  

On this date in 1993…

A gun battle erupted near Waco, Texas, when Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents tried to serve warrants on the Branch Davidian commune; four agents and six Davidians were killed as a 51-day standoff began. The attack and siege was largely seen as the agency’s botched attempt to prove its relevance in the face of threats by congress to reduce its funding.

Other Years:

  • 1675 – The Spanish Mission Santa Cruz de Sabacola El Menor was dedicated for the Sawoklis Indians on the Apalachicola River.
  • 1827 – The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad became the first American railway chartered for freight and passengers.
  • 1837 – A band of Creek warriors attacked the Alberson homestead on the Alabama-Florida border and massacre the entire family.
  • 1863 – The C.S.S. Nashville was destroyed by the U.S.S. Montauk near Fort McAllister, Georgia. 
  • 1960 – Richard Petty won his first Winston Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.

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