Jackson, MS in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-05-14 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, MS takes place
  • 1863-07-05 Battle of Jackson, MS & Battle of Birdsong Ferry, MS
  • 1863-07-10 Battle of Jackson, MS - captured by federals [->JUL 16] US1000 CS1339
  • 1864-02-05 Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1953-01-28 WJTV TV channel 12 in Jackson, MS (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-28 WLBT TV channel 3 in Jackson, MS (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1961-05-24 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1966-03-03 Twister hits Jackson Miss; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die
  • 1970-02-01 WMAA TV channel 29 in Jackson, MS (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-10-03 WAPT TV channel 16 in Jackson, MS (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1994-02-05 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson Miss, 30 years after the crime

Famous Birthdays

  • 1906-07-01 Edward Lansing Gordon Jr, long jumper (Olympic-gold-32), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1909-04-13 Eudora Welty, Jackson Ms, novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973)
  • 1910-09-14 Lehman Engel, conductor/comp (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1952-05-08 Beth Henley, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1959-12-25 Missy Cleveland, playmate (April, 1979), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1960-09-20 Alice Regina Brown, Jackson MS, 4X100 runner (Olympic-gold-1984, 88)
  • 1968-08-06 Jeff Barlow, Jackson MS, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Carolina Classic-5th)

Famous Deaths

  • 1963-06-12 Medgar Evers, NAACP official, shot in Jackson Miss at 37