Mississippi in History (Part 2)

Mississippi: Jackson, MS

Historical Events


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

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

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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

Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer
Civil Rights Activist
Fannie Lou Hamer
  • 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 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

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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
  • 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

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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
  • 2017-04-02 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

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
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 272

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

Person of interestJames Meredith

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

Civil Rights Activist James Meredith
Civil Rights Activist
James Meredith
  • 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, Winona Mississippi, Col USAF/astronaut (STS 6)
  • 1933-11-10 Mack Rice, American musician and songwriter (Mustang Sally), 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 singer (How Can I Forget), born in Sallis, Mississippi (d. 1987)
  • 1934-09-07 Little Milton [James Milton Campbell], American blues singer and guitarist (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

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
  • 1935-01-08 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)
  • 1936-03-09 Mickey Gilley, American country singer (Urban Cowboy), born in Natchez, Mississippi
  • 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)

Person of interestJim 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)

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson
  • 1936-09-25 Booba [Roosevelt Melvin] Barnes, American blues guitarist, born in Longwood, Washington County, Mississippi (d. 1996)

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
  • 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
  • 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 champ 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 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)

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
  • 1940-01-23 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

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
  • 1943-01-01 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), 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 John Christopher "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
  • 1948-10-02 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
  • 1949-03-28 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 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, actress/playwright (Miss Firecracker), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1952-07-14 Stan Shaw, actor (Mississippi, Roots Next Generation), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952-11-10 Pat Severs, American country singer (Pirates of Mississippi-Fred 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 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 Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (9-time Pro Bowl; Chicago Bears), born in Columbia, Mississippi (d. 1999)

NFL Running Back Walter Payton
NFL Running Back
Walter Payton
  • 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 musician (Romeo's Tune), 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)

Famous Weddings


Famous Deaths