Mississippi in History

Mississippi: Jackson, MS

Historical Events

  • 1673-05-17 Louis Jolliet & 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.
  • 1795-10-27 Pinckney's Treaty [Treaty of San Lorenzo] signed by Spain and US, establishing the southern boundary of the US and giving Americans right to navigate the Mississippi River
  • 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 Fort Snelling
  • 1832-07-13 Source of Mississippi River discovered by American geographer Henry Schoolcraft
  • 1834-11-01 First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game)

Trail of Tears

1835-12-29 Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States

  • 1837-05-09 "Sherrod" burns in the Mississippi River below Natchez, Mississippi; 175 die
  • 1837-10-31 Collision of river boat Monmouth & Trement on Mississippi; 300 die
  • 1840-05-07 Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 317
  • 1855-01-23 1st bridge over the Mississippi River in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, opens; today made by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge
  • 1855-04-21 1st train crosses Mississippi River's 1st bridge, from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa
  • 1861-01-09 Mississippi secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-10 US forts & property seized by Mississippi

Historic Event

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

Victory in Battle

1861-11-07 Battle of Belmont, fought in Mississippi County, Missouri begins, first combat test for Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant, Union victory (US Civil War)

  • 1862-02-06 Ulysses S. Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi
  • 1862-03-31 Civil War action at Island #10 on Mississippi River
  • 1862-04-29 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Mississippi
  • 1862-05-09 Battle of Farmington, Mississippi
  • 1862-07-01 Battle at Booneville Mississippi: Confederate superior power driven out
  • 1862-07-17 Naval Engagement at Pascagoula River Mississippi: USS Potomac Expedition
  • 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
  • 1862-12-20 Confederate raid on Union supplies at Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • 1863-03-31 Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi and Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia
  • 1863-04-24 Skirmish at Okolona and Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid)
  • 1863-04-29 Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi: Union navy ironclad warships attack Confederate fortifications
  • 1863-05-01 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • 1863-05-12 Battle of Raymond, Mississippi
  • 1863-05-14 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi takes place
  • 1863-05-16 Battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi - bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
  • 1863-05-17 Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi
  • 1863-07-04 Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces
  • 1863-07-05 Battle of Jackson, Mississippi and Battle of Birdsong Ferry, Mississippi
  • 1863-07-10 Battle of Jackson, Mississippi - captured by federals [->JUL 16]
  • 1863-07-13 Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi (Harrisburg) [->JUL 15]
  • 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
  • 1864-02-22 2nd and last day of Battle of Okolona, Mississippi
  • 1864-07-05 Battle of Smith's Expedition, Mississippi (Tupelo, Harrisburg)
  • 1864-12-28 Battle of Egypt Station, 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

Historic Event

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

  • 1868-01-07 Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson
  • 1870-02-23 Mississippi is readmitted to US after the Civil War
  • 1871-06-20 Ku Klux Klan trials began in federal court in Oxford, Mississippi
  • 1874-01-14 I. D. Shadd elected Speaker of lower house of Mississippi legislature
  • 1875-01-05 President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1883-05-04 John Gordon Cashmans publishes 1st edition "Vicksburg Evening Post" (Mississippi)
  • 1884-02-19 "Enigma Outbreak" of over 60 tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill hundreds, if not over a thousand (hence the "enigma") people
  • 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)

Coca-Cola Sold in Bottles

1894-03-12 Coca-Cola is sold in bottles for the first time in a candy store in Vicksburg, Mississippi

  • 1898-06-01 Trans-Mississippi International Exposition opens in Omaha
  • 1900-04-30 Casey Jones dies heroically in a train wreck at Vaughn, Mississippi, while driving Cannonball Express (immortalized in "Ballad of Casey Jones")
  • 1910-03-30 Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi
  • 1915-02-04 Experiments to find cause of pellagra begin at Mississippi State Penitentiary
  • 1915-09-29 Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta

Prohibition is Ratified

1918-01-08 Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution, authorizing the prohibition of alcohol

  • 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, Minnesota, 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
  • 1940-04-23 Dance hall fires kills 198 in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1940-07-25 American John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours, 46 minutes from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri in the Mississippi River; 292 miles, longest solo swim of all time
  • 1942-05-12 Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River
  • 1942-12-01 With WWII travel restrictions in mind, MLB owners decide to restrict travel to a 3-trip schedule rather than customary 4; Spring training in 1943 limited to locations north of Potomac or Ohio rivers and east of the Mississippi
  • 1947-01-22 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens in Hollywood, California
  • 1947-05-05 Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 & causes $850M in damage
  • 1950-02-19 Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mississippi Vocational College (later Mississippi Valley State University)
  • 1951-07-13 Great Flood: 2.000,000 acres in Kansas and Missouri in central US are flooded from rain swollen Missouri and Kansas Rivers
  • 1952-03-21 -22] Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths
  • 1952-03-26 Friedrich Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi" premieres in Munich
  • 1954-07-11 1st White Citizens Council organizes in Indianola, Mississippi

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

1961-09-20 African-American student James Meredith is refused enrolment to the segregated University of Mississippi

  • 1962-09-20 Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett refuses to admit an African-American, James Meredith, to Mississippi University

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1645-09-21 Louis Jolliet, Canadian explorer (explored the origins of the Mississippi River helped by the Native American), born in Quebec, Canada (d. 1700)
  • 1808-08-26 Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Claiborne County, Mississippi (d. 1882)
  • 1815-09-06 St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General, born in Wilkinson County, Mississippi (d. 1870)
  • 1815-11-01 Douglas H. Cooper, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amite County, Mississippi (d. 1879)
  • 1820-09-17 Earl Van Dorn, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Claiborne County, Mississippi (d. 1863)
  • 1824-03-22 William Henry Chase Whiting, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1865)
  • 1826-05-07 Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States (1862-65), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1906)
  • 1834-08-22 Nathaniel Harrison Harris, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1900)
  • 1862-07-16 Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, American journalist and civil rights activist, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi (d. 1931)
  • 1865-03-09 Margaret Murray Washington, Wife of Booker T. Washington and Lady Principal of Tuskegee, born in Macon, Mississippi (d. 1925)
  • 1871-03-06 Ben Harney, American composer and "Father of Ragtime Piano" (You've Been a Good Old Wagon, But You Done Broke Down), born on the Mississippi River (d. 1938)
  • 1880-06-15 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi), born at Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1960)
  • 1881-10-11 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), born in Como, Mississippi (d. 1963)
  • 1889-07-16 Larry Semon, American silent film actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (The Wizard of Oz (1925)), born in West Point, Mississippi (d. 1928)
  • 1892-01-10 Dumas Malone, American historian (Jefferson & His Time), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 1892-04-12 Johnny Dodds, American early jazz clarinetist, born in Waveland, Mississippi (d. 1940)
  • 1892-10-28 Ollie "Dink" Johnson, American Dixieland jazz clarinetist, pianist, and drummer, born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1954)
  • 1893-03-08 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, born in Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi (d. 1966)
  • 1893-06-26 "Big" Bill Broonzy, American blues singer and guitarist (Blues by Broonzy), born in Scott, Mississippi (d. 1958)
  • 1895-01-20 Roscoe Ates, American actor (Freaks, Cimarron, Marshal of Gunsight Pass), born in Grange, Mississippi (d. 1962)
  • 1895-05-11 William Grant Still, American composer ("Afro-American" Symphony), born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1978)

Jimmie Rodgers

1897-09-08 Jimmie Rodgers [James Charles], American country singer and singing brakeman, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1933)

William Faulkner

1897-09-25 William Faulkner, American author (Sound & Fury-Nobel 1949), born in New Albany, Mississippi (d. 1962)

  • 1899-12-05 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, born in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi (d. 1965) (year of birth disputed)
  • 1900-09-17 Hughie Critz, American MLB baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1980)
  • 1901-08-03 John Stennis, American politician, Mississippi Senator, born in Kemper County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1902-06-06 Jimmie Lunceford, American swing jazz saxophonist and bandleader (Rhythm Is Our Business; For Dancers Only), born in Fulton, Mississippi (d. 1947) [1] [2]

Cool Papa Bell

1903-05-17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American Baseball HOF center fielder (NgL WorLd Series 1943, 44 Homestead Grays; 8 x NgL All Star; career BA .337), born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

  • 1904-01-12 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1904-11-28 James Eastland, American politician (Sen-D-Miss 1943-68), born in Doddsville, Mississippi (d. 1986)
  • 1905-08-24 Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist ("That's Alright"), born in Forest, Mississippi (d. 1974)
  • 1905-08-27 Frederick O'Neal, American actor, theatre producer and television director (Pinky, Car 54 Where Are You), born in Brooksville, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1906-11-12 (Booker T. Washington) "Bukka" White, American country and Delta blues singer, guitarist, and songwriter ("Shake'Em On Down"; "Parchman Farm Blues"), born near Aberdeen, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1907-09-05 Sunnyland Slim [Albert Luandrew], American blues pianist, born in Vance, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1908-07-01 Ed Gordon Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1908-09-04 Richard Wright, American author (Native Son, Uncle Tom's Children), born in Roxie, Mississippi (d. 1960)
  • 1909-01-01 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1909-04-13 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1909-08-27 Lester Young, American jazz saxophonist, born in Woodville, Mississippi (d. 1959)
  • 1909-11-19 Rose Isabel Williams, sister of Tennessee Williams, born in Gulfport, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1909-12-08 Cleo Brown, American jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1910-02-03 Robert Earl Jones, American actor (The Sting, Witness, Sleepaway Camp), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1910-04-18 Jamie Whitten, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi), born in Cascilla, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1910-06-10 Howlin' Wolf [Chester Arthur Burnett], American blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player ("Smokestack Lightnin'"; "Killing Floor"), born in White Station, Mississippi (d. 1976)
  • 1910-07-01 Glen Hardin, American athlete (Olympic gold 1936 400m hurdles), born in Derma, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1910-09-14 Lehman Engel, American conductor and composer (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1982)

Tennessee Williams

1911-03-26 Tennessee Williams, American playwright (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Robert Johnson

1911-05-08 Robert Johnson, American blues singer-songwriter, and guitarist (King of Delta Blues Singers), born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi (d. 1938)

  • 1911-08-09 Eddie Futch, American boxing trainer, born in Hillsboro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1912-12-22 Henry Armstrong, American boxer (world featherweight, lightweight, welterweight [19 x title defences] champion), born in Columbus, Mississippi (d. 1988)

Muddy Waters

1913-04-04 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues guitarist ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Jug's Corner (Issaquena County) or Rolling Fork, Mississippi (d. 1983)

Archie Moore

1913-12-13 Archie Moore, American light-heavyweight boxing champion (1952-60), born in Benoit, Mississippi, (d. 1998)

  • 1914-07-29 Dovie Hudson, American community activist in rural Mississippi (filed lawsuit to desegregate the public schools)
  • 1914-11-25 Eddie Boyd, American blues pianist and singer ("Five Long Years"), born in Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1915-01-30 Dorothy Dell [Goff], American child actress (Little Miss Marker, Wharf Angel), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (d. 1934)
  • 1915-04-12 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1975)
  • 1915-04-19 Harry Craft, American MLB baseball player and manager, born in Ellisville, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1915-06-28 David "Honeyboy" Edwards, American delta blues guitarist, born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1915-07-01 Willie Dixon, American blues musician ("Hoochie Coochie Man"), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1915-08-16 Al Hibbler, American singer (Unchained Melody), born in Tyro, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1915-12-28 Roebuck "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1916-11-17 Winson Hudson, American civil rights activist (rural Mississippi), born in Harmony, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1917-03-26 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American R&B musician (Do the Funky Chicken), born in Cayce, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1917-04-06 "Big" Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player ("Everybody's Fishin'"), born in Horn Lake, Mississippi (d. 1981)
  • 1917-08-22 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist ("Boogie Chillen"'; "Boom Boom"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2001)

Fannie Lou Hamer

1917-10-06 Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), born in Montgomery County, Mississippi (d. 1977)

  • 1918-07-31 Hank Jones, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 1918-09-04 Gerald Wilson, American jazz trumpeter, arranger (Jimmie Lunceford; Duke Ellington), orchestra leader, and teacher, born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1919-06-15 Van T. Barfoot, American Army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, born in Edinburg, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1919-10-01 Bob Boyd, American baseball first baseman (National Baseball Congress Hall of Fame), born in Potts Camp, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1920-07-12 Beah Richards, American actress, poet, playwright and author (Roots, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1920-08-05 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi, 1967-97), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1920-09-04 Craig Claiborne, American food columnist (NY Times Cookbook), born in Sunflower, Mississippi (d. 2000)
  • 1921-11-13 Eddie Calhoun, American jazz bassist, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1922-09-11 Charles Evers, American civil rights leader (1st Black mayor in Mississippi since Reconstruction), born in Decatur, Mississippi (d. 2020)
  • 1923-04-25 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer ("Born Under A Bad Sign"; "That's What The Blues Is About"), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1924-06-03 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), born in Ruleville, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • 1925-01-17 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1925-03-02 Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis [Charles Thompson], American blues musician (Cold Hands), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 1995)

Medgar Evers

1925-07-02 Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist and NAACP official who was assassinated, born in Decatur, Mississippi (d. 1963)

  • 1925-09-06 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), born in Dunleith, Mississippi (d. 1976)

B.B. King

1925-09-16 [Riley B.] B.B. King, American blues guitarist and singer ("The Thrill is Gone"), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi (d. 2015)

  • 1926-11-23 R. L. Burnside, American blues musician (Deep Blues), born in Harmontown, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1926-12-10 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], blues guitarist ("The Things That I Used to Do"), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 1959)

Leontyne Price

1927-02-10 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess, Aida; Metropolitan Opera. 1961-85), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin' Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1928-11-25 James "Jimmy" Johnson, American gospel and blues singer and guitarist, born in Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • 1928-12-30 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer guitarist (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1929-03-05 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • 1929-09-18 Louis Myers, American blues guitarist and harmonica player, born in Byhalia, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1929-11-13 Fred Phelps, American Baptist minister and civil rights attorney, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1930-07-28 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American bluesman, born in Hudsonville, Mississippi (d. 1998)

James Earl Jones

1931-01-17 James Earl Jones, American Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning actor (The Great White Hope; Star Wars - "voice of Darth Vader"; Field Of Dreams"), born in Arkabutla, Mississippi

  • 1931-01-22 Sam Cooke [Cook], American singer and entrepreneur described as "the inventor of soul music" ("You Send Me"; " A Change Is Gonna Come"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • 1931-11-05 Ike Turner, American musician ("Rocket 88"; Ike and Tina Turner - "River Deep, Mountain High"; "Proud Mary"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1931-11-16 Hubert Sumlin, American blues guitarist (Howlin' Wolf), born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1932-01-01 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1932-03-27 [Herman] Junior Parker, American blues singer and musician ("Mystery Train"), born in Bobo, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1933-02-23 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)

Famous Weddings

Nathan Bedford Forrest

1845-09-25 Confederate army Nathan Bedford Forrest (24) weds Presbyterian minister's daughter Mary Ann Montgomery (18) in Hernando, Mississippi

William Faulkner

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

Jerry Lee Lewis

2012-03-09 Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (76) weds his cousin's ex Judith Brown (62) in Natchez, Mississippi

  • 2015-10-24 Comedian Tig Notaro (44) weds girlfriend Stephanie Allynne in Pass Christian, Mississippi

Famous Deaths

Hernando de Soto

1542-05-21 Hernando de Soto, Spanish conquistador and 1st European to discover the Mississippi River, dies of a fever while searching for gold, near the Mississippi River at about 46

Emmett Till

1955-08-28 Emmett Till, American lynching victim, kidnapped and lynched at 14, in Money, Mississippi

Medgar Evers

1963-06-12 Medgar Evers, American civil rights activist, NAACP official, shot in Jackson, Mississippi at 37

  • 1966-11-02 Mississippi John Hurt, American country blues singer and guitarist, dies at 73
  • 1972-07-03 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of cancer at 68
  • 1984-05-06 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • 1989-08-13 Larkin Smith, American politician (Rep-R-Mississippi 1989), dies in a plane crash at 45
  • 1995-09-09 Jamie Whitten, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi), dies at 85
  • 2006-05-12 Sonny Montgomery, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi 1967-97), dies at 85
  • 2006-11-07 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), dies from throat cancer at 74
  • 2011-11-30 William L. Waller, American politician and ex-Governor of Mississippi, dies at 85
  • 2019-05-30 Thad Cochran, American politician (U.S. Senator from Mississippi), dies at 81