Mississippi in History

Mississippi: Jackson, MS

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 109

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1541-03-18 Hernando de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi River)

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto
  • 1541-05-08 Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers the 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.
  • 1795-10-27 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)
  • 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
  • 1835-12-30 Georgia gold rush forces the Cherokees to move across the Mississippi River
  • 1837-05-09 "Sherrod" burns in the Mississippi River below Natchez, Mississippi; 175 die
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861-01-21 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S Civil War)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1861-10-12 Confederate ironclad Manassas attack Union's Richmond on Mississippi

Victory in battleVictory 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)

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US 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: 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
  • 1862-12-20 Confederate raid on Union supplies at Holly Springs, Mississippi
  • 1863-04-24 Skirmish at Okolona and Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid)
  • 1863-05-01 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
  • 1863-05-16 Battle of Champion's Hill, Mississippi - bloodiest action of Vicksburg Campaign
  • 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
  • 1864-02-22 2nd and last day of Battle of 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

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1870-01-20 Hiram R. Revels elected to fill unexpired term of Jefferson Davis as US Senator for Mississippi

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1870-02-23 Mississippi is readmitted to US after the Civil War
  • 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 tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 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)

InventionCoca-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
  • 1915-09-29 Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta
  • 1918-01-08 Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition of alcohol) of the US Constitution
  • 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
  • 1940-07-25 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 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)
  • 1951-08-11 100,000 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955-08-21 Emmett Till arrives in Money, Mississippi, a week before he is murdered

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • 1961-05-24 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1961-09-20 James Meredith refused enrollment to the segregated University of Mississippi
  • 1962-09-20 Mississippi Governor Ross Barnett refuses to admit an African-American, James Meredith, to Mississippi University

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1962-09-29 JFK authorized use of federal troops to integrate U of Mississippi

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 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 becomes the 1st black student at the University of Mississippi
  • 1963-08-18 James Meredith becomes the 1st black graduate from University 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 Bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E Chaney discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam
  • 1964-10-22 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1965-09-07 -10] Hurricane Betsy, kills 74 in Florida, Mississippi & Louisiana
  • 1966-01-30 -19°F (-28°C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)
  • 1966-06-06 Civil rights activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi
  • 1966-12-03 US performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1987-01-21 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 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
  • 1988-12-09 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"
  • 1994-02-05 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron De La Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 115

  • 1808-08-26 Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, 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)
  • 1834-08-22 Nathaniel Harrison Harris, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1900)
  • 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)
  • 1893-07-03 Mississippi John Hurt, Teoc Mississippi, American blues singer and guitarist
  • 1895-05-11 William Grant Still, Woodville Mississippi, composer (Afro-American)

Person of interestJimmie Rodgers

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

Country Singer Jimmie Rodgers
Country Singer
Jimmie Rodgers

Person of interestWilliam Faulkner

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

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • 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)
  • 1901-08-03 John Stennis, American politician, Mississippi Senator, born in Kemper County, Mississippi (d. 1995)

Person of interestCool Papa Bell

1903-05-17 James "Cool Papa" Bell, American baseball center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game, born in Starkville, Mississippi (d. 1991)

Baseball player Cool Papa Bell
Baseball player
Cool Papa Bell
  • 1904-01-12 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist
  • 1905-08-24 Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Forest, Mississippi (d. 1974)
  • 1906-07-01 Edward Lansing Gordon Jr, long jumper (Olympic gold 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1906-11-12 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, blues guitarist, born in Houston, Mississippi (d. 1977)
  • 1907-09-05 Sunnyland Slim [Albert Luandrew], American blues pianist, born in Vance, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1909-01-01 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), born in Covington County, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1909-12-08 Cleo Brown, jazz pianist, born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1910-09-14 Lehman Engel, conductor/comp (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Jackson, Mississippi

Person of interestTennessee Williams

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

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams

Person of interestRobert Johnson

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

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist
Robert Johnson

Person of interestMuddy 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)

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters

Person of interestArchie Moore

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

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • 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
  • 1915-06-28 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)
  • 1916-11-17 Winson Hudson, community activist (rural Mississippi)
  • 1917-03-26 Rufus Thomas [Mr. Swing], American musician (Do the Funky Chicken), born in Cayce, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1917-08-22 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2001)

Person of interestFannie 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)

Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer
Civil Rights Activist
Fannie Lou Hamer
  • 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- )
  • 1923-04-25 Albert King [Nelson], American blues guitarist and singer (BB King & Friends, Blues Alive), born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 1992)
  • 1924-06-03 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), born in Ruleville, Mississippi (d. 1997)
  • 1925-09-06 Jimmy Reed, American blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man), born in Dunleith, Mississippi (d. 1976)

Person of interestB.B. King

1925-09-16 B.B. King, blues guitarist and singer (Thrill is Gone), born in Itta Bena Mississippi

Blues Musician B.B. King
Blues Musician
B.B. King
  • 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)

Person of interestLeontyne Price

1927-02-10 Leontyne Price, American opera soprano (Porgy & Bess), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Opera Soprano Leontyne Price
Opera Soprano
Leontyne Price
  • 1927-11-11 Mose Allison, jazz artist (Black Country Suite), born in Tippo, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1929-03-05 J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, born in Monticello, Mississippi (d. 1967)
  • 1930-07-28 David "Junior" Kimbrough, American bluesman, born in Hudsonville, Mississippi (d. 1998)
  • 1930-08-09 Milt Bolling, American MLB shortstop (Red Sox, 1952-7), born in Mississippi City, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1931-01-22 Sam Cooke, soul singer (You Send Me), born in Clarksdale Mississippi (d. 1964)
  • 1931-09-26 George Chambers, American rock bassist and vocalist (Chambers Brothers), born in Carthage, Mississippi
  • 1932-11-29 Diane Ladd, American actress (Chinatown, Wild Angels, Wild at Heart), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1933-02-23 Lee Calhoun, Laurel, Mississippi, American 110m hurdler (Olympic gold 1956, 60)
  • 1933-03-17 Myrlie Evers-Williams, American civil rights activist (NAACP chair), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1933-03-18 Unita Blackwell, 1st African American mayor in Mississippi
  • 1933-06-25 James Meredith, American civil rights activist (1st African-American at the University of Mississippi), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • 1933-10-22 Donald Herod Peterson, Winona Mississippi, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6)
  • 1933-11-10 Mack Rice, musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1934-07-24 Jimmy Holiday, American singer (How Can I Forget), born in Sallis, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 1934-09-07 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], Inverness Mississippii, blues singer and guitarist

Person of interestElvis Presley

1935-01-08 Elvis Presley, American singer and King of Rock and Roll (Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog), born in Tupelo Mississippi (d. 1977)

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1935-04-29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi
  • 1935-07-01 James Cotton, American blues vocalist and harmonica player, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 2017)
  • 1935-10-12 William Raspberry, American columnist (Pulitzer 1994), born in Okolona, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-07 Jimmy Ruffin, American soul singer (What Becomes of the Brokenhearted), born in Collinsville, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1936-08-21 Mart Crowley, American playwright (Boys in the Band), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1936-09-05 Cornelius Boyson, American bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)

Person of interestJim Henson

1936-09-24 Jim Henson, muppeteer (Sesame Street, Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Jim Henson

Person of interestJames Bevel

1936-10-19 James Bevel, American civil rights activist (Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Direct Action), born in Itta Bena, Mississippi (d. 2008)

Civil Rights Activist James Bevel
Civil Rights Activist
James Bevel
  • 1938-02-04 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • 1939-04-04 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi, (d. 2014)
  • 1939-05-31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)

Person of interestMary Mills

1940-01-19 Mary Mills, American LPGA golfer, born in Laurel, Mississippi

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 1941-01-18 David Ruffin, American soul musician and early lead singer for The Temptations (My Girl, Ain't Too Proud to Beg), born in Whynot, Mississippi (d. 1991)
  • 1941-10-09 Trent Lott, American politician (Rep-R-MS, 1973-1989, Senator-R-MS 1989-2007), born in Grenada, Mississippi

Person of interestTammy Wynette

1942-05-05 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1942-06-13 James Carr, American singer (To Love Somebody), born in Como, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1942-09-16 Linda G Miller, American actress (Night of the Juggler, Mississippi), born in NYC, New York
  • 1943-06-11 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1944-07-27 Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer/songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe)
  • 1945-03-03 Hattie Winston, actress (Nurse, Electric Company), born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • 1945-10-22 Leslie West, [Weinstein] rocker (Mountain-Mississippi Queen)
  • 1946-05-16 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1947-08-19 Gerald McRaney, American actor (Simon & Simon, Major Dad), born in Collins, Mississippi
  • 1947-10-22 Haley Barbour, American politician, governor of Mississippi
  • 1949-10-31 Michael Parker, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1950-08-15 Thomas "Tommy" Aldrich, American rock-metal drummer (Black Oak Arkansas), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1951-03-23 Dick Mast, American professional golfer, born in Bluffton, Ohio
  • 1951-08-23 Jimi Jamison, rocker (Survivor), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1952-05-08 Beth Henley, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1952-07-14 Stan Shaw, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1953-09-16 Gene Taylor, (Rep-D-Mississippi)
  • 1953-11-30 Mike Espy, (Rep-D-Mississippi)

Person of interestOprah Winfrey

1954-01-29 Oprah Winfrey, American TV talk show host and actress (The Oprah Winfrey Show, Colour Purple), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey

Person of interestWalter Payton

1954-07-25 Walter Payton, American NFL Running Back (Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 1954-12-13 Steve Forbert, American musician (Romeo's Tune), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1955-02-12 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], US baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 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, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1959-12-25 Missy Cleveland, playmate (April, 1979), born in Jackson, Mississippi

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

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

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest

HeartWedding of Interest

1929-06-20 Author William Faulkner (31) weds Estelle Oldham at College Hill Presbyterian Church outside Oxford, Mississippi

Author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner
Author and Nobel Laureate
William Faulkner
  • 2009-09-12 Platinum-selling rock band "3 Doors Down" lead singer Brad Arnold weds horseback rider Jennifer Sanderford in Escatawpa, Mississippi

HeartWedding of Interest

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

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

Famous Deaths

Person of interestHernando de Soto

1542-05-21 Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi River

Spanish Explorer and Conquistador Hernando de Soto
Spanish Explorer and Conquistador
Hernando de Soto

Person of interestEmmett Till

1955-08-28 Emmett Till, kidnapped & lynched at 14, in Money Mississippi

Murder Victim Emmett Till
Murder Victim
Emmett Till
  • 1966-11-02 Mississippi John Hurt, American blues singer and guitarist, 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