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Mississippi - Notable Historical Events

Hernando de SotoMar 18, 1541

Jefferson DavisJan 21, 1861

Ulysses S. GrantFeb 6, 1862

Emmett TillAug 21, 1955

JFKSep 29, 1962

BB KingJan 21, 1987

Morgan FreemanAug 3, 2008

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Mississippi - Historical Events
Date Event
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

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.

1861-01-09

Mississippi secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

1861-01-10

US forts & property seized by Mississippi

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)

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

1955-08-21

Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered

1961-05-24

27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi

1961-09-20

James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi

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

1969-08-17

Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)

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.

2007-08-01

The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapses during the evening rush hour.

2008-08-03

Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

2015-11-08

Sinkhole in Mississippi swallows over a dozen cars

2016-04-06

Mississippi passes controversial 'religious freedom' bill

2016-04-07

US executives urge repeal of Mississippi law opposed by gays

2016-04-09

Civil rights groups mobilize against Mississippi's 'religious freedom' law

2016-04-13

In North Carolina and Mississippi, Backlash Grows Over Rights Law

2016-08-28

Man Confesses to Killing 2 Nuns in Rural Mississippi, the Police Say

2017-04-02

Mississippi State Ends UConn's 111-Game Winning Streak

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Mississippi - Notable Birthdays

William FaulknerSep 25, 1897

cool papaMay 17, 1903

Archie MooreDec 13, 1913

Mary MillsJan 19, 1940

Oprah WinfreyJan 29, 1954

Walter PaytonJul 25, 1954

Jerry RiceOct 13, 1962

Mississippi - Birthdays
Date Event
1865-03-23

Thomas A. Wise, A Gentleman from Mississippi

1880-06-15

Mahlon Hamilton, VA, actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi)

1883-08-18

Bill Howard, 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)

1904-01-12

Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist

1905-9-04

Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Mississippi Masala

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)

1915-04-12

[Theodore Roosevelt] Hound Dog Taylor, Natchez Mississippi, American Chicago blues guitarist and singer

1915-10-03

Gretchen Darling, Mississippi Rhythm

1916-11-17

Winson Hudson, community activist (rural Mississippi)

1917-08-22

John Lee Hooker, Clarksdale Mississippi, blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen)

1919-01-12

Thomas B. Mason, Mississippi Burning

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- )

1921-07-24

Billy Taylor, Ghosts of Mississippi

1923-04-25

Albert King, Indianola, Mississippi, American blues singer/guitarist (Bad Look Blues)

1923-08-25

Zeke Davidson, Mississippi Burning

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)

1926-01-07

Charles Franzen, Mississippi Burning

1926-11-05

Victoria Gray-Adams, Mississippi: Is This America?: 1962-1964

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)

1931-12-05

James Cleveland, Mississippi Burning

1933-02-23

Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60)

1933-03-18

Unita Blackwell, 1st black mayor in Mississippi

1933-05-26

Willy Cobbs, Mississippi Masala

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)

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)

1946-9-18

Gailard Sartain, Mississippi Burning

1947-10-22

Haley Barbour, American politician, governor of Mississippi

1948-04-09

Badja Djola, Mississippi Burning

1949-10-31

Mike Parker, (Rep-D-Mississippi)

1949-9-23

Ron De Roxtra, Mississippi Burning

1950-08-04

Marc Clement, Mississippi Burning

1951-03-23

Dick Mast, Bluffton OH, Nike golfer (1990 Mississippi Gulf Coast)

1951-07-16

Hugh Manning, John Law and the Mississippi Bubble

1952-07-14

Stan Shaw, Chicago Illinois, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation)

1952-11-01

Jim Haffey, Mississippi Masala

1953-02-24

Frederick Zollo, Mississippi Burning

1953-06-30

Darrell Evers, Ghosts of Mississippi

1953-09-16

Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-Mississippi)

1953-11-30

Mike Espy, (Rep-D-Mississippi)

1953-12-16

John Brook, Mississippi Burning

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)

1955-01-09

Sabrina Guinness, Mississippi Burning

1955-07-22

Willem Dafoe, Wisc, actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)

1955-11-17

Yolanda King, actress (Fluke, Ghosts of Mississippi)

1955-11-17

Yolanda King, 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)

1959-10-31

Richard Crick, Mississippi Masala

1960-01-10

James Van Evers, Ghosts of Mississippi

1961-06-13

Sandra McBride, Mississippi Burning

1962-10-13

Jerry Rice, Starkville Mississippi, NFL wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers)

1963-05-14

Jack Cooper, Mississippi Rising

1965-05-15

Glen Hnatiuk, Selkirk Manitoba, Nike golfer (1992 Mississippi Gulf)

1966-01-08

Andrew Wood, Columbus Mississippi, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)

1966-03-16

Robert Borwick, Life on the Mississippi

1969-03-26

Beth Howell, Clinton Mississippi, Miss Mississippi-America (1991)

1970-01-01

Jossie Thacker, Mississippi Damned

1972-01-16

Joe Horn, Tupelo, Mississippi, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)

1972-07-16

Kirk LaSalle, 20 Mississippi

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)

1978-02-09

Tina Mabry, Mississippi Damned

1980-03-28

Cara Lewis, Miss Mississippi Teen USA (1997)

1980-05-26

Morgan R. Stiff, Mississippi Damned

1981-01-17

Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)

1984-03-08

Sky Rumph, Ghosts of Mississippi

1987-07-13

Barnett Brettler, 20 Mississippi

1989-12-20

Joseph Tello, Ghosts of Mississippi

Mississippi - Notable Weddings

Nathan Bedford ForrestSep 25, 1845

William FaulknerJun 20, 1929

Jerry Lee LewisMar 9, 2012

Mississippi - Weddings
Date Event
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

Mississippi - Notable Deaths

Hernando de SotoMay 21, 1542

Emmett TillAug 28, 1955

Mississippi - Deaths
Date Event
1542-05-21

Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi River

1928-03-21

Thomas A. Wise, A Gentleman from Mississippi

1944-01-23

Bill Howard, Mississippi

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)

1990-02-17

Marc Clement, Mississippi Burning

1991-02-09

James Cleveland, Mississippi Burning

1992-06-29

Walter Blair, Life on the Mississippi

1993-01-23

Thomas A. Dorsey, Mississippi Burning

1994-03-29

Gretchen Darling, Mississippi Rhythm

1997-08-04

Jim Haffey, Mississippi Masala

2001-02-18

Darrell Evers, Ghosts of Mississippi

2003-11-27

Zeke Davidson, Mississippi Burning

2005-01-08

Badja Djola, Mississippi Burning

2006-05-12

Gillespie V. Montgomery, former U.S. representative from Mississippi (b. 1920)

2006-08-12

Victoria Gray-Adams, Mississippi: Is This America?: 1962-1964

2007-03-08

Thomas B. Mason, Mississippi Burning

2007-05-15

Yolanda King, Ghosts of Mississippi

2008-01-30

Charles Franzen, Mississippi Burning

2009-07-20

Hugh Manning, John Law and the Mississippi Bubble

2010-12-28

Billy Taylor, Ghosts of Mississippi

2011-11-30

William L. Waller, American politician and ex-Governor of Mississippi, dies at 85


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