Mississippi Events in History



2013 Event - A 2-year old Mississippi girl born with HIV/AIDS is pronounced HIV negative after receiving treatment for the virus within 30 hours after her birth

2012 Event - Severe weather hits the U.S. on Christmas Day; more than 30 tornadoes are reported in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana

2011 Event - In efforts to save Baton Rouge and New Orleans from floods, the Morganza Spillway is opened on the Mississippi River, deliberately flooding 3,000 square miles of rural Louisiana

2011 Event - Thousands of homes are ordered evacuated as the Spring 2011 Mississippi River Floods continue

2011 Event - The U.S. Coast Guard responds to heavy flooding by closing a section of the Mississippi River near Caruthersville, Missouri

1998 Death - Cary Middlecoff, professional golfer with what is currently known as the PGA Tour in the 1940s, University of Mississippi's first golf All-American 1939, dies in Memphis, Tennessee at age 77

1997 Event - Mississippi becomes 1st state to settle tobacco suit

1995 Event - Mississippi House of Representatives formally abolishes slavery and ratifies 13th Amendment

1988 Event - Kristen Logan, 17, of Mississippi, crowned America's Junior Miss

1987 Event - Kristi Addis, of Mississippi, crowned 5th Miss Teen USA

1987 Event - BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

1981 Birthday - Britney Spears, born in McComb, Mississippi, singer, songwriter, dancer, entertainer, number one Billboard Hot 100 hit 'Baby One More Time'

1980 Birthday - Cara Lewis, Miss Mississippi Teen USA, 1997

1979 Event - Cheryl Prewitt of Mississippi, 22, crowned 52nd Miss America 1980

1979 Birthday - Brandy Norwood, born in McComb, Mississippi, known as 'Brandy', singer, songwriter, appeared in film, 'Cinderella', Grammy-Award winning song, 'The Boy is Mine'

1977 Birthday - Brandee Layne Loving, Miss Mississippi Teen USA 1996

1975 Birthday - Arleen McDonald, Miss USA 1977, Mississippi

1973 Birthday - Monica Louwerens, Greenville Mississippi, Miss America, Miss-Top 10-1996

1973 Birthday - Kari Litton, born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, Miss America, Mississippi-Top 10-1997

1973 Birthday - Caroline Ramagos, Miss Mississippi USA, 1996

1972 Death - Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68

1972 Birthday - Howard Battle, born in Biloxi, Mississippi, infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies

1971 Event - Series of tornadoes cuts through Mississippi and Louisiana killing 117

1970 Event - Mississippi Highway Patrol kills 2 at Jackson State College

1969 Birthday - Beth Howell, born in Clinton, Mississippi, Miss Mississippi-America, 1991

1968 Birthday - Jeff Barlow, born in Jackson, Mississippi, Nike golfer, 1994 NIKE Carolina Classic-5th

1967 Birthday - Faith Hill, born in Ridgeland, Mississippi, singer, country music, sold 40 million records, hits include, 'This Kiss', appeared in 'The Stepford Wives', married to Tim McGraw

1967 Birthday - Ruthie Bolton, McClain Mississippi, basketball guard, 1996 Olympics gold

1967 Birthday - Jeff Branson, Waynesboro Mississippi, infielder for the Cincinnati Reds

1966 Event - U.S. performs underground nuclear test at Hattiesburg, Mississippi

1966 Death - Mississippi John Hurt, rocker, dies at 73

1966 Event - Activist James Meredith wounded by white sniper in Mississippi

1966 Event - Twister hits Jackson, Mississippi; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die

1966 Event - -19 degrees F (-28 degrees C), Corinth, Mississippi (state record)

1965 Birthday - Glen Hnatiuk, Selkirk Manitoba, Nike golfer, 1992 Mississippi Gulf

1964 Event - Civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E Chaney, bodies discovered in an earthen Mississippi dam

1963 Event - James Meredith becomes 1st black graduate from University of Mississippi

1963 Birthday - [Michael] Tony Dees, Pascagoula, Mississippi, hurdler

1963 Birthday - Todd Graves, born in Laurel, Mississippi, skeet, Olympics 1992, 1996

1962 Event - James Meredith became 1st black at University of Mississippi

1962 Event - John F. Kennedy routes 3,000 federal troops to Mississippi

1962 Event - James Meredith registers for classes at University of Mississippi

1962 Event - John F. Kennedy authorized use of federal troops to integrate University of Mississippi

1961 Event - James Meredith refused access as a student in Mississippi

1961 Event - 27 Freedom Riders arrested in Jackson, Mississippi

1960 Birthday - Curt Ford, born in Jackson, Mississippi, professional baseball player, played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies Major League Baseball teams

1960 Birthday - Alice Regina Brown, born in Jackson, Mississippi, 4X100 runner, Gold Medals 1984, 1988 Olympics

1960 Birthday - Barry Lyons, born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Barry Stephen Lyons, baseball player, catcher, played for Major League Baseball teams, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, served as backup catcher to Gary Carter, named Most Valuable Player, South Atlantic League, 1984

1959 Birthday - Missy Cleveland, Jackson, Mississippi, playmate, April, 1979

1958 Birthday - Larry Smith, born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, professional basketball player, coach, played forward/center for Alcorn State University, played for NBA's Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, credited as best rebounder in the 1980's, coached Anaheim Arsenal

1957 Birthday - Chico Walker, born in Jackson, Mississippi, professional baseball player, second base, played for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, California Angels, New York Mets

1957 Birthday - Park Overall, born in Tennessee, actress, Laverne-Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning

1956 Birthday - Sela Ward, born in Meridian, Mississippi, actress, Hilary-Emerald Point NAS, Sisters

1956 Birthday - Eric Roberts, born in Mississippi, actor, Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies

1955 Birthday - Steve Forbert, born in Meridian, Mississippi, singer, songwriter, wrote 1980 hit 'Romeo's Tune', compared to Bob Dylan

1955 Birthday - Cassandra Wilson, born in Jackson, Mississippi, jazz singer, guitar player, jazz and blues genres, album 'New Moon Daughter' won Grammy Award

1955 Birthday - Yolanda King, actress, Fluke, Ghosts of Mississippi

1955 Birthday - Willem Dafoe, born in Wisconsin, actor, Platoon, Roadhouse 66, Mississippi Burning

1955 Birthday - Cary Middlecoff, born in Halls, Tennessee, professional golfer with what is currently known as the PGA Tour in the 1940s, University of Mississippi's first golf All-American 1939

1955 Birthday - Paul Overstreet, born in Van Cleave, Mississippi, country singer, Daddy's Come Around

1955 Birthday - Lusia Mae Harris, born in Minter City, Mississippi, basketball player, Silver Medal 1976 Olympics

1954 Birthday - Oprah Winfrey, born in Mississippi, actress/TV host, Color Purple, Oprah

1953 Birthday - Mike Espy, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Representative-D-Mississippi 1987 - 1993

1953 Birthday - Ralph Ezell, born in Unio,n Mississippi, singer, Shenandoah-Sunday in the South

1953 Birthday - Alexander O'Neal, born in Natchez, Mississippi, singer, rhythm and blues genre, successful songs include 'Saturday Love', Never Knew Love Like This' and 'Fake'

1952 Birthday - Stan Shaw, born in Chicago, Illinois, actor, Mississippi, Roots Next Generation

1952 Birthday - Beth Henley, Jackson, Mississippi, actress/playwright, Miss Firecracker

1952 Event - F Durrenmatt's "Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi," premieres in Munich

1952 Event - Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths

1951 Birthday - Jimi Jamison, born in Mississippi, songwriter, vocalist, member and lead singer for rock band, Survivor, 1984 - 1989 and 2000 - 2006

1951 Event - 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois

1951 Event - Mississippi Valley State University founded

1951 Birthday - Dick Mast, born in Bluffton, Ohio, Nike golfer, 1990 Mississippi Gulf Coast

1949 Birthday - Mike Parker, born in Laurel, Mississippi, Representative-D-Mississippi 1989 - 1999

1949 Birthday - Spencer Haywood, born in Silver City, Mississippi, NBAer, Knicks, Gold Medal 1968 Olympics

1948 Birthday - Chris LeDoux, Biloxi Mississippi, country singer, Ridin' for a Fall

1948 Birthday - Gerald McRaney, born in Collins, Mississippi, actor, Rick-Simon and Simon, Major Dad

1947 Birthday - Gerald McRaney, Collins Mississippi, actor, Simon and Simon, Major Dad

1947 Birthday - Barbara Ann Ferrell Edmondson, born in Mississippi, 4x100m runner, Gold Medal 1968 Olympics

1947 Event - Mississippi Valley flooding kills 16 and causes $850M in damage

1947 Birthday - Eddie Hodges, born in Mississippi, actor/singer, High Hopes, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1947 Event - 1st commercial TV station west of Mississippi opens, Hollywood CA

1946 Birthday - Jimmy Buffett, born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, vocalist, Margaritaville

1946 Birthday - Alfred Jones, born in Grace, Mississippi, middleweight boxer 1968 Olympics bronze

1946 Birthday - Jessi B. Wilson, Mississippi, murderer, FBI Most Wanted List

1945 Birthday - Hattie Winston, born in Greenville, Mississippi, actress on Nurse, Electric Company

1944 Birthday - Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer and songwriter, Ode to Billy Joe

1944 Birthday - Johnny Winter, John Dawson, Leland Mississippi, guitarist, Silver Train

1942 Birthday - Linda G Miller, born in New York City, actress, Night of the Juggler, Mississippi

1942 Event - Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River

1941 Birthday - Trent Lott, born in Grenada, Mississippi, Representative-R-Mississippi 1973 - 2007

1941 Birthday - Quincey Daniels, born in Biloxi, Mississippi, boxer 1960 Olympics bronze

1941 Birthday - David Ruffin, Mississippi, vocalist, Temptations-Papa Was a Rolling Stone

1940 Event - John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours 46 minutes in the Mississippi River

1940 Birthday - Mary Mills, born in Laurel, Mississippi, professional golfer, member, LPGA Tour, won 9 LPGA Tour victories

1939 Birthday - Jerry Butler, Sunflower Mississippi, rock vocalist, Never Give You Up

1939 Birthday - Ralph Boston, Laurel, Mississippi, long jumper, Olympic-gold/sil/brz-60, 64, 68

1938 Birthday - Charley Pride, born in Sledge, Mississippi, country singer, Sweet Country

1938 Birthday - Jack Knight, Somerville Mississippi, actor, Mr Shamley-James at 15

1937 Birthday - Thad Cochran, born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, Senator-R-Mississippi 1978

1937 Birthday - Richard H. Truly, born in Fayette, Mississippi, Rear Admiral USN astronaut, STS-T-2, T-4, 2, 8

1936 Birthday - Stella Stevens, born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, actress, Girls! Girls!, Manitou

1936 Birthday - Jim Henson, born in Greenville, Mississippi, muppeteer, Sesame Street, Muppet Show

1936 Event - Tupelo Mississippi virtually annihilated by a tornado, 216 die

1935 Birthday - Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo, Mississippi, singer, Blue Suede Shoes, Hounddog

1933 Birthday - Fred W. Haise, Jr., Biloxi Mississippi, astronaut, Apollo 13 STS-T-1, T-3, T-5

1933 Birthday - Donald Herod Peterson, Winona Mississippi, Col USAF/astronaut, STS-6

1933 Birthday - Conway Twitty, born in Mississippi, country singer, Hello Darlin'

1933 Birthday - Unita Blackwell, 1st black mayor in Mississippi

1933 Birthday - Lee Calhoun, Laurel Mississippi, hurdler, Olympics gold 56, 60

1932 Birthday - Diane Ladd, Meridian Mississippi, actress, Wild Angels, Wild at Heart

1931 Birthday - Ike Turner, born in Mississippi, American musician, bandleader, record producer, talent scout, Grammy Award winner

1931 Birthday - James Earl Jones, Mississippi, actor, Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man

1930 Event - Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans

1930 Event - 115 degrees F (46 degrees C), Holly Springs, Mississippi (state record)

1928 Birthday - Bo Diddley, born in Mississippi, acclaimed as a founder of American rock and roll, singer, guitarist, songwriter

1927 Birthday - Mose Allison, Tippo Mississippi, jazz artist, Black Country Suite

1927 Birthday - Leontyne Mary Violet Price, Laurel Mississippi, opera soprano, Porgy and Bess

1926 Birthday - Jerry Clower, Amite County Mississippi, country comedian, Nashville on Road

1926 Birthday - Beah Richards, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, actress/playwright, Big Shot, Generation

1925 Birthday - B[lues] B[oy] King, Itta Bena Mississippi, blues singer, Thrill is Gone

1925 Birthday - Jimmy Reed, born in Mississippi, blues singer, Soulin', Big Boss Man

1923 Birthday - Albert King, born in Mississippi, blues singer/guitarist, Bad Look Blues

1922 Birthday - Phil Gordon, Meridian Mississippi, singer and actor, Jasper-Bev Hillbillies

1921 Event - Oldest radio station west of Mississippi River licensed in Greeley Co

1920 Birthday - Gillespie V. Montgomery, born in Meridian, Mississippi, Representative-D-Mississippi 1967 - 1997

1920 Event - Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama and Mississippi

1920 Event - Tornadoes killed 219 people in Alabama and Mississippi

1918 Birthday - Gerald Wilson, Shelby Mississippi, orchestra leader, Redd Foxx

1918 Event - Mississippi becomes 1st state to ratify 18th amendment (prohibition)

1917 Birthday - John Lee Hooker, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, blues guitarist, Canned Heat

1917 Birthday - Shakey, Walter Horton, Mississippi, harmonicist, Everybody's Fishin'

1917 Birthday - Rufus Thomas, born in Mississippi, singer, Walking the Dog

1916 Birthday - Winson Hudson, community activist, rural Mississippi

1915 Event - Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta

1915 Birthday - Willie Dixon, born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, bassist, Walkin' the Blues

1914 Birthday - Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, Mississippi

1914 Birthday - Dovie Hudson, community activist in rural Mississippi

1911 Birthday - Tennessee Williams, born in Columbus, Mississippi, playwright, 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

1910 Birthday - Lehman Engel, Jackson, Mississippi, conductor/comp, Streetcar Named Desire

1910 Birthday - Jamie L. Whitten, born in Cascilla, Mississippi, Representative-D-Mississippi 1941 - 1995

1909 Birthday - Cleo Brown, born in Mississippi, pianist, vocalist, stage name Cleo Patra Brown, performed on National Public Radio, stride piano playing was compared to Fats Waller

1909 Birthday - Bukka White, born in Houston, Mississippi, Booker T. Washington White, gave cousin B.B. King his first guitar, celebrated as National steel guitarist, wrote "Parchman Farm Blues"

1909 Birthday - Eudora Welty, born in Jackson, Mississippi, novelist, Optimist's Daughter-Pulitzer 1973

1909 Birthday - Dana Andrews, Collins Mississippi, actor, Battle of the Bulge, Laura

1908 Birthday - Walter L "Red" Barber, Mississippi, sports announcer, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees

1906 Birthday - Edward Lansing Gordon, Jr., Jackson, Mississippi, long jumper, Olympics gold 32

1905 Birthday - Frederick O'Neal, Brooksville Mississippi, actor, Car 54 Where Are You

1904 Birthday - James Eastland, born in Doddsville, Mississippi, Senator-D-Mississippi 1941 - 1941 and 1943 - 1978

1904 Birthday - Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist

1901 Birthday - John C. Stennis, born in Mississippi, Senator-D-Mississippi, 1947 - 1989

1901 Birthday - John C. Stennis, born in Mississippi, Senator-D-Mississippi 1947 - 1989

1897 Birthday - William Faulkner, Mississippi, author, Sound and Fury-Nobel 1949

1897 Birthday - Jimmie Rodgers, Mendoza Mississippi, country singer/singing brakeman

1895 Birthday - William Grant Still, Woodville Mississippi, composer, Afro-American

1893 Event - 3rd worst hurricane in U.S. history kills 1,800 (Mississippi)

1893 Birthday - Mississippi John Hurt, rocker

1893 Birthday - "Big Bill" Broonzy, born in Mississippi, blues singer/guitarist, Blues by Broonzy

1892 Birthday - Roscoe Ates, Grange Mississippi, actor, Dep Roscoe-Marshal of Gunsight Pass

1892 Birthday - Dumas Malone, Mississippi, historian, Jefferson and His Time

1886 Event - Carrollton Massacre, (Mississippi) 20 blacks killed

1884 Event - Mississippi establishes 1st U.S. state college for women

1884 Event - Tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people

1883 Event - John Gordon Cashmans begins "Vicksburg Evening Post" in Mississippi

1880 Birthday - Mahlon Hamilton, born in Virginia, actor, Honky Tonk, High School Girl, Mississippi

1875 Event - President Grant sends federal troops to Vicksburg, Mississippi

1870 Birthday - John Lomax, Mississippi, folk song collector/ethnomusicologist

1870 Event - Mississippi is readmitted to U.S.

1870 Event - Mississippi becomes 9th state readmitted to U.S. after Civil War

1868 Event - Memorial Day 1st observed when 2 women in Columbus Mississippi placed flowers on both Confederate and Union graves

1868 Event - Mississippi constitutional convention meets in Jackson

1866 Event - President Johnson ends war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia

1865 Event - Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi

1865 Event - Steamboat "Sultana" explodes in Mississippi River, kills up to 1,547. 1450 of 2000 paroled Union POWs on their way home are killed when river steamer "Sultana" blows up

1864 Event - Battle of Smith's Expedition, Mississippi (Tupelo, Harrisburg)

1864 Event - 2nd/last day of Battle of Okolona, Mississippi

1864 Event - Battle at Okolona, Mississippi

1864 Event - Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi

1864 Event - Federals occupy Jackson, Mississippi

1864 Event - Skirmish at Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi

1864 Event - Sherman's march through Mississippi

1863 Event - Skirmish at Danville, Mississippi

1863 Event - Battle of Jackson, Mississippi and Battle of Birdsong Ferry, Mississippi

1863 Event - Vicksburg, Mississippi surrenders to Union forces

1863 Event - Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi

1863 Event - Battle of Big Black River Bridge, Mississippi

1863 Event - Battle of Jackson, Mississippi

1863 Event - Battle of Raymond, Mississippi

1863 Event - Battle of Tupelo, Mississippi

1863 Event - Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi

1863 Event - Skirmish at Okolona/Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid)

1862 Event - Armies of Mississippi/Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee

1862 Event - Battle of Corinth, Mississippi

1862 Event - Battle at Iuka Mississippi (1,700 casualties)

1862 Event - Battle at Booneville Mississippi: Confederate superior power driven out

1862 Event - Battle of Booneville, Mississippi - captured General Beauregard evacuates Corinth

1862 Event - Battle of Farmington, Mississippi

1862 Event - 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Mississippi

1862 Event - Civil War action at Island #10 on Mississippi River

1862 Event - Ulysses S. Grant begins military campaign in Mississippi

1861 Event - Confederate ironclad Manassas attack Union's Richmond on Mississippi

1861 Event - Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time in Montgomery, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina elect Jefferson Davis President of Confederacy

1861 Event - Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign

1861 Event - U.S. forts and property seized by Mississippi

1861 Event - Mississippi becomes 2nd state to secede

1855 Event - 1st train crosses Mississippi River's 1st bridge, Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport Iowa

1842 Event - Natchex Mississippi, hit by tornado; about 500 die

1837 Event - "Sherrod" burns in Mississippi River below Natchez Miss; 175 dies

1834 Event - 1st published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game)

1832 Event - Source of Mississippi River discovered, Henry R. Schoolcraft

1823 Event - 1st steamboat to navigate the Mississippi River arrives at Ft. Snelling

1817 Event - Mississippi admitted as 20th state

1817 Event - 1st Mississippi "Showboat," leaves Nashville on maiden voyage

1817 Event - Mississippi River steamboat service begins

1817 Event - Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi

1811 Event - Earthquake in Missouri caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards

1804 Event - Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana

1798 Event - Mississippi Territory organized

1795 Event - Treaty of San Lorenzo, provides free navigation of Mississippi

1795 Event - Pinckney's Treaty between Spain and U.S. is signed, establishing southern boundary of U.S. and giving Americans right to send goods down Mississippi

1770 Event - Blanche Kelso Bruce sworn in as a U.S. Senator (Mississippi)

1682 Event - Robert La Salle claims lower Mississippi (Louisiana) for France

1673 Event - Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring Mississippi

1542 Death - Hernando de Soto, dies while searching for gold, near Mississippi R

1541 Event - Hernando de Soto discovers Mississippi River

1541 Event - Hernan de Soto observes 1st recorded flood in America (Mississippi R)













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