Today in Mississippi History

Cities in Mississippi: Jackson, MS

Historical Events

Events 1 - 93 of 93

1541-03-18 - Hernando de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)
1541-05-08 - Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River
1673-05-17 - Louis Joliet & Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi
1679-07-02 - Europeans first visit Minnesota and see headwaters of Mississippi in an expedition led by Daniel Greysolon de Du Luth.
1682-04-09 - Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France
1687-03-19 - Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men.
1729-11-28 - Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern-day Natchez, Mississippi.
1795-10-26 - Pinckney's Treaty between Spain & US is signed, establishing southern boundary of US & giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi
1795-10-27 - Treaty of San Lorenzo, provides free navigation of Mississippi
1798-04-07 - Mississippi Territory organized
1804-03-26 - Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana
1817-03-03 - Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi
1817-05-16 - Mississippi River steamboat service begins
1817-10-20 - 1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
1817-12-10 - Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union
1823-05-10 - 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Ft Snelling
1832-07-13 - Source of Mississippi River discovered (Henry R Schoolcraft)
1834-11-01 - 1st published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game)
1835-12-29 - The Treaty of New Echota is signed, ceding all the lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States.
1837-05-09 - "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies
1855-01-23 - The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge.
1861-01-09 - Mississippi becomes 2nd state to secede from the Union
1861-01-10 - US forts & property seized by Mississippi
1861-01-18 - American Civil War - Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States.
1861-01-21 - Jefferson Davis of Mississippi & 4 other southern senators resign
1861-10-12 - Confederate ironclad Manassas attack Union's Richmond on Mississippi
US President Ulysses S. GrantUS President Ulysses S. Grant 1862-02-06 - Ulysses S. Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
1862-03-31 - Civil War action at Island #10 on Mississippi River
1862-07-01 - Battle at Booneville Mississippi: Confed superior power driven out
1862-09-19 - Battle at Iuka Mississippi (1,700 casualties)
1862-10-03 - -10] Battle of Corinth, Mississippi
1862-11-20 - Confederate armies of Mississippi and Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee, under General Braxton Bragg
1863-04-24 - Skirmish at Okolona/Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid)
1863-05-01 - Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
1863-07-04 - Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
1863-11-14 - Skirmish at Danville, Mississippi
1864-02-03 - Sherman's march through Mississippi
1864-02-04 - Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
1864-02-05 - Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
1864-02-13 - Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek & Wyatt, Mississippi
1864-02-21 - -22] Battle at Okolona, Mississippi
1865-04-27 - Steamboat "Sultana" explodes in Mississippi River, kills up to 1,547. 1450 of 2000 paroled Union POWs on their way home are killed when river steamer "Sultana" blows up
1865-06-02 - At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept
1868-01-07 - Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson
1868-05-30 - Memorial Day 1st observed when 2 women in Columbus Mississippi placed flowers on both Confederate & Union graves
1870-02-17 - Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War
1870-02-23 - Mississippi is readmitted to US
1883-03-04 - John Gordon Cashmans begins "Vicksburg Evening Post" in Mississippi
1884-03-12 - Mississippi establishes 1st US state college for women
1886-03-17 - Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 African Americans killed
1893-10-01 - 3rd worst hurricane in US history kills 1,800 (Mississippi)
1894-03-12 - In Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time.
1898-06-01 - Trans-Mississippi International Exposition opens in Omaha
1900-04-30 - Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.
1910-03-30 - Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi.
1915-09-29 - Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta
1918-01-08 - Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)
1920-04-14 - Tornadoes killed 219 people in Alabama & Mississippi
1920-04-20 - Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi
1921-05-21 - Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co
1930-07-29 - 115°F (46°C), Holly Springs, Mississippi (state record)
1930-12-29 - Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans
1935-09-24 - Earl Bascom and Weldon Bascom produce the first rodeo ever held outdoors under electric lights at Columbia, Mississippi
1936-04-05 - Tupelo Mississippi virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die
1940-07-25 - John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hrs 46 mins in the Mississippi River
1942-05-12 - Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
1947-01-22 - 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood CA
1947-05-05 - Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
1951-06-04 - Mississippi Valley State University founded
1951-08-11 - 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois
1952-03-26 - F Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premieres in Munich
1961-05-24 - 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
1961-09-20 - James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi
US President John F. KennedyUS President John F. Kennedy 1962-09-29 - JFK authorized use of federal troops to integrate U of Mississippi
1962-09-30 - JFK routes 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi
1962-09-30 - James Meredith registers for classes at University of Mississippi
1962-10-01 - James Meredith became 1st black at U of Mississippi
1963-08-18 - James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from U of Mississippi
1964-06-21 - 3 civil rights workers-Michael H Schwerner Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney-disappeared after release from a Mississippi jail
1964-08-04 - Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
1966-01-30 - -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
1966-06-06 - Activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi
1967-10-20 - All white federal jury convicts 7 in murder of 3 civil rights workers in Meridan Mississippi
1970-05-15 - Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
1977-10-20 - Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Vanzant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and Dean kilpatrick
1987-01-21 - BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to U of Mississippi
1987-07-21 - Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA
1988-06-25 - Kristen Logan, 17, of Mississippi, crowned America's Junior Miss
1995-03-16 - Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery & ratifies 13th Amendment
1997-07-03 - Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
2005-01-06 - Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders: Edgar Ray Killen is arrested as a suspect for the 1964 murders of three Civil Rights workers.
2005-08-28 - Hurricane Katrina hammers the south eastern United States, especially New Orleans, Louisiana, and coastal Mississippi
2007-08-01 - The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 42 of 42

1880-06-15 - Mahlon Hamilton, VA, actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi)
1893-07-03 - Mississippi John Hurt, Teoc Mississippi, American blues singer and guitarist
1895-05-11 - William Grant Still, Woodville Mississippi, composer (Afro-American)
1897-09-25 - William Faulkner, New Albany Mississippi, author (Sound & Fury-Nobel 1949), (d. 1962)
1904-01-12 - Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist
1913-12-13 - Archie Moore, Benoit, Mississippi, light-heavyweight boxing champ (1952-60), (d. 1998)
1914-07-29 - Dovie Hudson, community activist in rural Mississippi
1914-11-25 - Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist (Mississippi)
1916-11-17 - Winson Hudson, community activist (rural Mississippi)
1917-08-22 - John Lee Hooker, Clarksdale Mississippi, blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen)
1919-06-15 - Van Barfoot, Edinburg, Mississippi, Army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, (d. 2012)
Boxing Champ Archie MooreBoxing Champ Archie Moore (1913-12-13) 1920-08-05 - G V [Sonny] Montgomery, (Rep-D-Mississippi, 1967- )
1923-04-25 - Albert King, Indianola, Mississippi, American blues singer/guitarist (Bad Look Blues)
1924-06-03 - Jimmy Rogers, Ruleville, Mississippi, Blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), (d. 1997)
1925-09-06 - Jimmy Reed, Mississippi, blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man)
1927-11-11 - Mose Allison, Tippo Mississippi, jazz artist (Black Country Suite)
1933-03-18 - Unita Blackwell, 1st black mayor in Mississippi
1933-10-22 - Donald Herod Peterson, Winona Mississippi, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6)
1935-10-12 - William Raspberry, Okolona, Mississippi, columnist (Pulitzer 1994), (d. 2012)
1942-09-16 - Linda G Miller, NYC, actress (Night of the Juggler, Mississippi)
1944-07-27 - Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer/songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe)
1945-10-22 - Leslie West, [Weinstein] rocker (Mountain-Mississippi Queen)
1946-05-16 - Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
1947-10-22 - Haley Barbour, American politician, governor of Mississippi
1949-10-31 - Mike Parker, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
1951-03-23 - Dick Mast, Bluffton OH, Nike golfer (1990 Mississippi Gulf Coast)
1952-07-14 - Stan Shaw, Chicago Illinois, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation)
1953-09-16 - Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
1953-11-30 - Mike Espy, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
Talk show host Oprah WinfreyTalk show host Oprah Winfrey (1954-01-29) 1954-01-29 - Oprah Winfrey, Kosciusko Mississippi, Talk show host and actress ('The Oprah Winfrey Show' 'Colour Purple')
1954-07-25 - Walter Payton, Columbia Mississippi, NFL running back (Chicago Bears), (d. 1999)
1955-07-22 - Willem Dafoe, Wisc, actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)
1955-11-17 - Yolanda King, actress (Fluke, Ghosts of Mississippi)
1956-07-29 - Ronnie Musgrove, Former Governor of Mississippi
1957-03-15 - Park Overall, Nashville, Tennessee, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning)
1965-05-15 - Glen Hnatiuk, Selkirk Manitoba, Nike golfer (1992 Mississippi Gulf)
1969-03-26 - Beth Howell, Clinton Mississippi, Miss Mississippi-America (1991)
1973-03-30 - Caroline Ramagos, Miss Mississippi USA (1996)
1973-08-03 - Kari Litton, Pontotoc Miss, Miss America (Mississippi-Top 10-1997)
1975-03-02 - Arleen McDonald, Miss USA-Mississippi (1997)
1977-12-26 - Brandee Layne Loving, Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1996)
1980-03-28 - Cara Lewis, Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1997)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

2009-09-12 - Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi
2012-03-09 - Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (76) weds his cousin's ex Judith Brown (62) in Natchez, Mississippi

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 8 of 8

1542-05-21 - Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi River
1955-08-28 - Emmett Till, kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money Mississippi
1966-11-02 - Mississippi John Hurt, rocker, dies at 73
1972-07-03 - Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
1984-05-06 - Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
1989-08-13 - Larkin Smith, U.S. Representative from Mississippi (b. 1944)
2006-05-12 - Gillespie V. Montgomery, former U.S. representative from Mississippi (b. 1920)
2011-11-30 - William L. Waller, American politician and ex-Governor of Mississippi, dies at 85


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