Today in Mississippi History

Mississippi: Jackson, MS

Historical Events

Events 1 - 89 of 89

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.
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de SotoSpanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto 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 - First 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.
1861-01-10 - US forts & property seized by Mississippi
President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson DavisPresident of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis 1861-01-21 - Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S Civil War)
1861-10-12 - Confederate ironclad Manassas attack Union's Richmond on Mississippi
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: Confederate 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)
US President & Union General Ulysses S. GrantUS President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant 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 "SS Sultana" explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home.
1865-06-02 - At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept
1868-01-07 - Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson
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
35th US President John F. Kennedy35th US 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 - Three civil rights workers, Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman & James E Chane, 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
Blues Musician B.B. KingBlues Musician B.B. King 1987-01-21 - B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University 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.
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 - 52 of 52

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)
1903-05-17 - James "cool papa" Bell, Starkville, Mississippi, baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game (d. 1991)
Baseball player Cool Papa BellBaseball player Cool Papa Bell (1903-05-17) 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)
1920-08-05 - G V [Sonny] Montgomery, (Rep-D-Mississippi, 1967- )
Boxing Champ Archie MooreBoxing Champ Archie Moore (1913-12-13) 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)
1929-03-05 - J. B. Lenoir, Monticello, Mississippi, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s
1930-08-09 - Milt Bolling, Mississippi City, Mississippi, MLB shortstop (Red Sox, 1952-7), (d. 2013)
1933-02-23 - Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)
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)
LPGA Golfer Mary MillsLPGA Golfer Mary Mills (1940-01-19) 1940-01-19 - Mary Mills, Laurel Mississippi, LPGA golfer
1941-01-18 - David Ruffin, Whynot Mississippi, early lead singer for The Temptations ("My Girl")
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)
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)
1962-10-13 - Jerry Rice, Starkville Mississippi, NFL wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)
1965-05-15 - Glen Hnatiuk, Selkirk Manitoba, Nike golfer (1992 Mississippi Gulf)
NFL Wide Receiver Jerry RiceNFL Wide Receiver Jerry Rice (1962-10-13) 1966-01-08 - Andrew Wood, Columbus Mississippi, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)
1969-03-26 - Beth Howell, Clinton Mississippi, Miss Mississippi-America (1991)
1972-01-16 - Joe Horn, Tupelo, Mississippi, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
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)
1981-01-17 - Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 4 of 4

Confederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford ForrestConfederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest (1845-09-25) 1845-09-25 - Confederate army Nathan Bedford Forrest (24) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Mary Ann Montgomery (18) in Hernando, Mississippi
1929-06-20 - Author William Faulkner (31) weds Estelle Oldham at College Hill Presbyterian Church outside Oxford, Mississippi
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 - 9 of 9

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de SotoSpanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto (1542-05-21) 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
1964-12-11 - Sam Cooke, Clarksdale, Mississippi, US musician ('A Change is Gonna Come') shot to death at 33
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)
Murder Victim Emmett TillMurder Victim Emmett Till (1955-08-28) 2011-11-30 - William L. Waller, American politician and ex-Governor of Mississippi, dies at 85


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