Mississippi in History (Part 2)

Mississippi: Jackson, MS

Historical Events

Events 101 - 138 of 138

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

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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 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
  • 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)
  • 1970-05-15 Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College
  • 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 Six killed in Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash in McComb, Mississippi including band members Ronnie Vanzant, Steve Gains, Cassie Gaines and Dean kilpatrick

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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

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice

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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
  • 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
  • 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

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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
  • 2017-06-28 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 185 of 185

  • 1937-08-02 Billy Cannon, American football player (Heisman-1959), born in Philadelphia, Mississippi (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1938-05-04 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 champ 1965-7), born in Belzoni, Mississippi (d. 2014)
  • 1939-05-31 Charles Drain, American soul singer, born in Eupora, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 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)

Person of interestMary Mills

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

LPGA Golfer Mary Mills
LPGA Golfer
Mary Mills
  • 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
  • 1942-04-02 Roshan Seth, Indian-born British actor (Mississippi Masala), born in Patna, Bihar, India

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
  • 1942-05-10 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
  • 1943-06-11 Buster Mathis, American heavyweight boxer, born in Sledge, Mississippi (d. 1995)
  • 1944-07-27 Bobbie Gentry, American singer and songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe), born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi
  • 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)
  • 1947-02-10 John Christopher "Chris" Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers), born in Meridian, Mississippi (d. 2010)
  • 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
  • 1949-02-04 Roy Yeager, American musician (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Greenwood, Mississippi
  • 1949-03-28 Milan Williams, American keyboardist (Commodores-Three Times a Lady), born in Okolona, 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
  • 1950-08-15 Tommy Aldridge, American heavy metal and hard rock drummer (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1951-03-23 Dick Mast, American professional golfer, born in Bluffton, Ohio
  • 1951-08-23 Jimi Jamison, American rocker (Survivor), 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, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1952-07-14 Stan Shaw, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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, (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
  • 1955-04-24 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)
  • 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
  • 1960-07-06 Valerie Brisco-Hooks, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 400m, 400m relay 1984), born in Greenwood Mississippi
  • 1961-09-17 Ty Tabor, American guitarist and singer (King's X), born in Pearl, Mississippi

Person of interestJerry Rice

1962-10-13 Jerry Rice, NFL wide receiver (San Francisco 49ers), born in Starkville, Mississippi

NFL Legend Jerry Rice
NFL Legend
Jerry Rice
  • 1963-08-22 Terry Catledge, American NBA star (Orlando Magic), born in Houston, Mississippi
  • 1964-04-11 Steve Azar, American singer and songwriter, born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • 1964-09-11 Ellis Burks, American baseball outfielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1966-01-08 Andrew Wood, Columbus Mississippi, American singer (Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)
  • 1966-09-11 Richard Harvey, American NFL linebacker (New Orleans Saints), born in Pascagoula, Mississippi

Person of interestFaith Hill

1967-09-21 Faith Hill [Audrey Faith Perry], American country pop singer (Breathe, Cry), born in Ridgeland, Mississippi

Country Singer Faith Hill
Country Singer
Faith Hill
  • 1969-02-21 Corey Harris, American blues and reggae guitarist (The Blues miniseries, From Mississippi to Mali), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-03-09 Mahmoud Abdul Rauf, NBA guard (Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • 1970-04-10 Matt Barlow, American musician (Ashes of Ares, Iced Earth, Pyramaze), born in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • 1970-06-01 Shane Matthews, American NFL quarterback (Chicago Bears), born in Cleveland, Mississippi
  • 1970-10-31 Rogers Stevens, American guitarist (Blind Melon), born in West Point, Mississippi
  • 1971-08-15 Perry Carter, NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1971-09-07 Wesley Leasy, American NFL linebacker (Arizona Cardinals), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • 1971-10-31 Alphonso Ford, American basketball player, born in Greenwood, Mississippi (d. 2004)
  • 1972-01-09 Jay Powell, American baseball pitcher (Florida Marlins), born in Meridian, Mississippi
  • 1972-01-16 Joe Horn, Tupelo, Mississippi, American NFL wide receiver (KC Chiefs)
  • 1973-02-14 Steve McNair, American NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Titans), born Mount Olive, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1973-09-11 Fred Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Seattle Seahawks), born in Bruce, Mississippi
  • 1973-10-27 Monica Louwerens, Miss America (Miss-Top 10-1996), born in Greenville, Mississippi
  • 1974-04-24 Brian Marshall, American bassist and co-founder of rock band (Creed), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1974-05-10 Grant Williams, American former NFL tackle (Seattle Seahawks), born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi
  • 1974-09-07 Antonio McDyess, American NBA forward (Phoenix Suns), born in Quitman, Mississippi
  • 1975-03-02 Arleen McDonald, Miss USA-Mississippi (1997)
  • 1978-04-11 Josh Hancock, American baseball player, born in Cleveland, Mississippi (d. 2007)
  • 1979-02-11 Brandy [Brandy Rayana Norwood], US singer (Les Miserables, Moisha), born in McComb, Mississippi
  • 1979-05-04 Lance Bass, American singer (*NSYNC), born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • 1981-01-17 Ray J [William Ray Norwood Jr.], McComb, Mississippi, American singer and actor (Everything You Want, Sex tape)
  • 1981-04-27 Joey Gathright, American baseball player, born in Columbia, Mississippi
  • 1981-09-07 Paul McCoy, American musician (lead singer of 12 Stones), born in Florence, Mississippi

Person of interestBritney Spears

1981-12-02 Britney Spears, American popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U"), born in McComb, Mississippi

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • 1982-08-28 LeAnn Rimes [Margaret LeAnn Rimes Cibrian], American country singer (Blue), born in Jackson, Mississippi

Person of interestJamie Lynn Spears

1991-04-04 Jamie Lynn Spears, American actress (Zoey 101), born in McComb, Mississippi


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