Jackson, MS in History

Historical Events

  • 1863-05-14 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, Mississippi takes place
  • 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]
  • 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 Mississippi; 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

Murder of Interest

1994-02-05 Medgar Evers' murderer Byron de la Beckwith sentenced to life, in Jackson, Mississippi, 30 years after the crime

Historic Event

2019-03-13 Home of civil rights activists Medgar and Myrlie Evers established as a national monument in Jackson, Mississippi, by President Donald Trump


Famous Birthdays

  • 1908-07-01 Ed Gordon Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold long jump 1932), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1971)
  • 1909-04-13 Eudora Welty, American novelist (Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1910-09-14 Lehman Engel, American conductor and composer (Streetcar Named Desire), born in Jackson, Mississippi (d. 1982)
  • 1950-08-15 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Black Oak Arkansas; Ozzy Osbourne; Whitesnake), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1952-05-08 Beth Henley, American actress and playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1955-02-12 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1955-12-04 Cassandra Wilson [née Fowlkes], American jazz singer-songwriter, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1960-09-20 Alice Regina Brown, American 4X100 runner (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1960-10-11 Curt Ford, American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1974-01-31 Othella Harrington, American basketball forward (Houston Rockets), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1974-04-24 Brian Marshall, American rock bassist (Creed - "With Arms Wide Open"), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1974-12-11 Kevin Devine, American football cornerback and kick returner (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1980-02-27 Bobby Valentino, American singer, born in Jackson, Mississippi

LeAnn Rimes

1982-08-28 (Margaret) LeAnn Rimes [Cibrian], American country singer ("Blue"; "How Do I Live"), born in Jackson, Mississippi


Famous Deaths

Medgar Evers

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