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Jefferson College hosts The Horse Soldiers

The movie The Horse Soldiers was filmed on location at Jefferson College.  Director John Ford and actors John Wayne and William Holden were on set. The movie was based on a Union cavalry raid through central Mississippi led by Colonel Benjamin Grierson.

David Donald’s biography Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War receives Pulitzer Prize.

The Goodman Mississippi native’s 1960 biography of the abolitionist statesman Charles Sumner received a Pulitzer Prize.  In 1988, Donald was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for  his biography Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe.

Jim Henson wins Emmy Award

Leland native Jim Henson created his first puppet television show, Sam and Friends, while in college.  The show won an Emmy Award for Best Local Entertainment ProgramSam and Friends first introduced one of his most famous creations, Kermit the Frog.

Shelby Foote publishes first volume of The Civil War: A Narrative. Vol. 1. Fort Sumter to Perryville

Foote, a Greenville native, was a writer of fiction and nonfiction. He was best know for his in-depth analysis of the Civil War. Volume two was published in 1963 and volume three in 1974.

Elvis Presley inducted into the United States Army

Tupelo born singer and musician Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army and served in the U.S. and abroad until his discharge in 1960.

Former Alcorn professor Clennon Washington King, Jr. attempts to enroll at Ole Miss

After trying to register for classes at the University of Mississippi, Clennon was arrested and taken to Whitfield State Mental Hospital for evaluation.