Yorktown Siege Begins – Today In Southern History

28 September 1781 

On this date in 1781…

The Continental Army under General George Washington began the siege of Lord Cornwallis’s British troops at Yorktown, Virginia.

Other Years:

1528 – A Spanish fleet sank in a Florida hurricane drowning about 380 victims.
1787 – The U.S. Congress voted to send the new Constitution of the United States to the state legislatures for their approval. 
1789 – In the U.S., the first Federal Congress passed a resolution that asked President George Washington to recommend to the nation a day of thanksgiving. Several days later Washington issued a proclamation that named Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a “Day of Publick Thanksgiving.”
1912 – W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues” was published.
1967 – The first mayor of Washington, DC, Walter Washington, took office.
1968 – The Atlanta Chiefs won the first North American Soccer League Championship/
2000 – The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the use of RU-486 in the United States to induce abortion.

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