Mississippi in History (Part 2)

Mississippi: Jackson, MS

Historical Events

  • 1962-09-24 US Circuit Court of Appeals orders Meredith admitted to University of Mississippi

Historic Event

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

  • 1962-09-30 JFK sends 3,000 federal troops to University of Mississippi to quell riots protesting desegregation [1]

Historic Event

1962-10-01 James Meredith enrolls for classes at University of Mississippi, desegregating the college

  • 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 Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney, disappear after being released from a Mississippi jail, later found murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan
  • 1964-08-04 Bodies of civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam

Historic Event

1964-08-22 Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer speaks at the US Democratic National Convention about her efforts to register to vote in Mississippi

  • 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)
  • 1966-03-03 Twister hits Jackson Mississippi; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die
  • 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
  • 1968-07-09 15.68" (39.83 cm) of rainfall, Columbus, Mississippi (state 24-hour record)
  • 1969-08-17 Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • 1972-01-14 WMAH TV channel 19 in Biloxi, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972-01-14 WMAU TV channel 17 in Bude, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1972-01-14 WMAW TV channel 14 in Meridian, Mississippi (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1977-10-20 Plane chartered by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd runs out of fuel and crashes in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi. Six people are killed, including band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gains, and Cassie Gaines, and road manager Dean Kilpatrick

Sports History

1984-09-01 Willie Totten (Mississippi Valley State) passes for Division I-AA record 536 yards & 9 TDs in 86-0 win v Kentucky State; Jerry Rice catches 17 passes for 294 yards & 5 TDs; breaks own Division I-AA record for total yardage in pass receptions

Music History

1987-01-21 B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University 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
  • 1988-12-09 Premiere of fact based crime drama film "Mississippi Burning"

Murder of Interest

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

  • 1995-03-16 Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery & ratifies 13th Amendment
  • 1997-07-03 Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit
  • 1998-12-05 7th SEC Championship Game: #1 Tennessee beats #23 Mississippi State, 24-14
  • 2001-11-03 Arkansas beats Mississippi, 58-56 at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford in 7 overtime periods; the longest game in NCAA football history
  • 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

Film & TV History

2008-08-03 Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

  • 2016-01-01 After floods along the Mississippi River kill 31, Exxon Mobil Corp decides to close a plant in flood threatened Memphis
  • 2017-01-23 Thunderstorms and tornadoes in Georgia and Mississippi leave at least 18 dead in the US
  • 2017-04-02 36th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A'ja Wilson, 23 points
  • 2017-06-28 Wilshire Grand Center becomes the tallest building in Los Angeles and in the US west of the Mississippi at 1,100 ft
  • 2018-03-19 Mississippi signs into law the US's strictest abortion laws, no termination after 15 weeks
  • 2018-04-01 37th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: Notre Dame beats Mississippi State, 61-58; Fighting Irish forward Jessica Shepard, 19 points
  • 2018-11-20 Mississippi 15 week abortion ban overturned by US judge saying it violated women's constitutional rights
  • 2019-01-29 Approaching polar vortex prompts state of emergency to be declared in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi

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

  • 2019-04-14 11 tornadoes hit US southern states killing eight in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana
  • 2019-07-07 Mississippi closes all its beaches due to toxic algae bloom due to flooding of the Mississippi River
  • 2019-08-07 Largest single-state immigration raid in Mississippi as nearly 700 people arrested

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 271

  • 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
  • 1933-04-29 Raymond Hill, American tenor saxophonist (Kings of Rhythm), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 1996)

James Meredith

1933-06-25 James Meredith, American civil rights activist (1st African-American at the University of Mississippi), born in Kosciusko, Mississippi

  • 1933-07-16 Sollie McElroy, R&B singer (Flamingos-Golden Teardrops), born in Gulfport, Harrison County, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1933-10-22 Donald Herod Peterson, American USAF Colonel, and NASA astronaut (STS-6), born in Winona, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1933-11-10 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter ("Mustang Sally"; "Respect Yourself"), born in Clarksdale, Mississippi (d. 2016)
  • 1934-05-05 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1934-07-24 Jimmy Holiday, American soul singer ("How Can I Forget"; Baby I Love You"), and songwriter ("Put A Little Love In Your Heart"), born in Sallis, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 1934-09-07 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist ("We're Gonna Make It"; "Grits Ain't Groceries"), born in Inverness, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1934-12-28 Peggy Wilson, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1969), born in Lauderdale, Mississippi

Elvis Presley

1935-01-08 Elvis Presley, American King of Rock and Roll ("Hound Dog"; "Love Me Tender"; "Heartbreak Hotel"; "Suspicious Minds"), and actor (Jailhouse Rock; King Creole), born in Tupelo Mississippi (d. 1977)

  • 1935-01-08 Jesse Garon Presley, American stillborn twin brother of Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo, Mississippi (d. 1935)
  • 1935-01-09 Buddy Scott, American blues guitarist, born in Goodman, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1935-01-10 Eddy Clearwater [Edward Harrington], American blues musician (West Side Strut), born in Macon, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1935-02-02 Pete Brown, American golfer (first African-American to win on PGA Tour, Waco 1964), born in Port Gibson, Mississippi (d. 2015)
  • 1935-04-29 Otis Rush, American blues musician (Right Place, Wrong Time), born in Philadelphia. Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1935-11-29 Diane Ladd [Ladner], American actress (Chinatown; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore; Wild at Heart), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1936-03-09 Mickey Gilley, American nightclub owner (Urban Cowboy) and country singer (Roomful of Roses), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 2022) [1]
  • 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 blues bassist, born in Tunica, Mississippi (d. 1994)

Jim Henson

1936-09-24 James "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known as the creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 1990)

  • 1936-09-25 (Roosevelt) "Booba" Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)

James Bevel

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

  • 1936-10-28 Ted Hawkins, American singer and guitarist ("The Next Hundred Years"), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1937-04-03 Louis Satterfield [also known as Lui-Lui, Ealee, and Sat], American trombone player (The Pharaohs, Earth, Wind & Fire, Phenix Horns), born in Shaw, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1937-05-29 Charles W. Pickering, American judge (Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi

Billy Cannon

1937-08-02 Billy Cannon, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1959, LSU; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 67; AFL All-Star 1961, 69; Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)

  • 1937-12-07 Thad Cochran, American politician (U.S. Senator from Mississippi), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2019)
  • 1938-02-04 Joe Beard, American blues guitarist (No More Cherry Rose), born in Ashland, Mississippi
  • 1938-03-13 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer ("Piece Of My Heart"), born in Shelby, Mississippi (d. 2002)
  • 1938-03-18 Charley Pride, American country singer (Sweet Country), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1938-05-04 Tyrone Davis, American R&B singer ("Can I Change My Mind"; "Turn Back The Hands Of Time"), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1939-04-04 Major Lance, American soul singer (The Monkey Time), born in Winterville, Mississippi (d. 1994)
  • 1939-04-04 Ernie Terrell, American boxer (WBA heavyweight champion 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939-05-09 Ralph Boston, American long jumper (Olympic gold 1960; first to break 27 feet [8.2m] barrier), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1939-05-31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1939-06-19 Al Wilson, American soul singer (Show and Tell; The Snake), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1939-07-01 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs; Delaney & Bonnie), born in Pontotoc, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1939-07-16 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" (Trapped by a Thing Called Love), born in Leflore County, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 1939-09-13 Larry Speakes, Acting White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939-12-08 Jerry Butler, American soul vocalist (The Impressions; "Never Give You Up"), born in Sunflower, Mississippi
  • 1939-12-31 Willye White, American athlete (Olympic silver long jump 1956, 4x100m relay 1964; Sports Illustrated 100 greatest women athletes of 20th century), born in Money, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1940-01-09 Jimmy Boyd, American singer ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"), and actor (Bachelor Father - "Howard"), born in Jayess, Mississippi (d. 2009)

Mary Mills

1940-01-19 Mary Mills, American golfer (US Open 1963, PGA 1964, 73), born in Laurel, Mississippi

  • 1940-01-23 Johnny Russell, American country singer, born in Moorhead, Mississippi (d. 2001)
  • 1940-02-22 Chet Walker, American basketball forward (NBA All-Star 1964, 66, 67, 70, 71, 73, 74; NBA C'ship 1967, Philadelphia 76ers; Chicago Bulls), born in Bethlehem, Mississippi
  • 1940-04-13 Lester Chambers, American rock and soul singer (The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"), born in Mississippi
  • 1940-04-25 O. B. McClinton, American country singer ("Keep Your Arms Around Me"), born in Senatobia, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 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
  • 1941-12-13 Robert Covington, American drummer and singer, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 1996)
  • 1941-12-18 Wadada Leo Smith, American trumpeter and composer ("Divine Love"), born in Leland, Mississippi
  • 1942-04-02 Roshan Seth, Indian-born British actor (Mississippi Masala), born in Patna, Bihar, India

Tammy Wynette

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

  • 1942-05-10 Bill Coday, American musician and singer (You’re Gonna Want Me), born in Coldwater, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 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
  • 1943-01-01 Jimmy Hart, American pro wrestling manager (WWF, WCW; Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase and Jim Neidhart), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1943-01-03 Van Dyke Parks, American songwriter, producer, arranger (Song Cycle; Orange Crate Art), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1943-06-11 Buster Mathis, American boxer (World Super Heavyweight title 1972), born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1944-04-13 Charles Burnett, American film director (When It Rains; Glass Shield), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1944-07-27 Bobbie Gentry [Roberta Streeter], American singer and songwriter ("Ode to Billy Joe"), born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi
  • 1944-11-26 Jean Terrell, American singer (The Supremes, 1970-73), born in Belzoni, Mississippi
  • 1945-03-03 Hattie Winston, actress (Nurse, Electric Company), born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • 1945-10-22 Leslie West [Weinstein], American rocker (Mountain-Mississippi Queen), born in NYC, New York (d. 2020) [1] [2]
  • 1946-01-06 Harold Jackson, NFL wide receiver (LA, New Engl), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1946-05-16 Jessi B Wilson, Mississippi, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1946-09-08 L. C. Greenwood, American football player, born in Canton, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1946-11-20 J. Blackfoot [Colbert], American soul singer (Soul Children, Taxi), born in Greenville, Mississippi (d. 2011)
  • 1947-02-10 Chris Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band; The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2012)
  • 1947-07-27 Wayne Dowdy, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi), born in Fitzgerald, Georgia
  • 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
  • 1948-03-28 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores - "Three Times a Lady"), born in Okolona, Mississippi (d. 2006)
  • 1948-10-02 Chris LeDoux, American country singer ("Ridin' for a Fall"), born in Biloxi, Mississippi (d. 2005)
  • 1949-02-04 Roy Yeager, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • 1949-10-31 Michael Parker, American businessman and politician (Rep-D-Mississippi), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1950-08-15 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Black Oak Arkansas; Ozzy Osbourne; Whitesnake), born in Pearl, Mississippi
  • 1951-08-23 Jimi Jamison, American rock singer (Survivor - "High On You"), born in Durant, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1952-04-03 Mike Moore, American politician and Attorney General of Mississippi, born in Pascagoula, Mississippi
  • 1952-05-08 Beth Henley, American actress and playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1952-07-14 Stan Shaw, American actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952-11-10 Pat Severs, American steel guitar player (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • 1953-05-01 Glen Ballard, American songwriter and record producer (Alanis Morissette; Michael Jackson), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 1953-06-26 Ralph Ezell, American singer (Shenandoah - "Sunday in the South"), born in Union, Mississippi
  • 1953-09-16 Gene Taylor, American politician (Rep-D-Mississippi), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1953-11-30 (Alphonso) Mike Espy, American lawyer and politician (US Representative for Mississippi, 1987-93 (D); Secretary of Agriculture, 1993-94), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi

Oprah Winfrey

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

Walter Payton

1954-07-25 Walter Payton, American Pro Football HOF running back (NFL MVP 1977; 9 x Pro Bowl; 5 x First Team All Pro; Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

  • 1954-10-01 Martin Strel, Slovenian long distance swimmer (Danube, Mississippi, Yangtze, Amazon River records), born in Mokronog, Slovenia
  • 1954-12-13 Steve Forbert, American singer-songwriter ("Romeo's Tune"; "Going Down To Laurel"), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1955-02-12 Chet Lemon [Chester Earl Lemon], American baseball player, born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1955-03-17 Paul Overstreet, American country singer (Daddy's Come Around), born in Van Cleave, Mississippi
  • 1955-04-24 John Epperson [Lypsinka], American drag artist and actor, born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi
  • 1955-07-22 Willem Dafoe, Wisc, actor (Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning)
  • 1955-11-17 Yolanda King, actress (Fluke, Ghosts of Mississippi)

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Famous Deaths