This day in Mississippi History

September 25, 1961: Herbert Lee murdered by Rep. E. H. Hurst at cotton gin outside Liberty

This month in Mississippi History

September 20, 1816: Chickasaws cede 10,000 acres in Treaty of Chickasaw Council House

September 19, 1827: Frontiersman Jim Bowie duels near Natchez

September 27, 1830: Choctaw nation cedes remaining Mississippi lands in Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek

September 17, 1862: Bloody battle fought at Antietam

September 19, 1862: Union victorious at Battle of Iuka

September 21, 1906: Legislature ends convict leasing to individuals

September 21, 1906: Hurricane kills 350 on Mississippi/Louisiana Coast

September 28, 1918: First cases of “Spanish Flu” reported in Jackson

September 26, 1937: Blues singer Bessie Smith dies in Clarksdale

September 2, 1945: Japan surrenders; World War II over

September 1, 1955: Governor Hugh White orders local officials to prosecute Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam for Emmett Till murder

September 23, 1955: Jury acquits Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam in Emmett Till murder

September 24-25, 1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders federal troops into Little Rock

September 15, 1959: Clyde Kennard arrested for speeding and illegal possession of liquor

September 10, 1962: Federal Court orders Ole Miss to admit Meredith

September 20, 1962: James Meredith Barred from University of Mississippi

September 20, 1962: Governor Barnett blocks James Meredith’s admission to Ole Miss

September 30, 1962: Guardsmen and U.S. Marshals Sent to University of Mississippi

September 30, 1962: Riots break out when James Meredith arrives on campus

September 24, 1965: President Johnson issues Executive Order #11246

September 12, 1966: Black Students Attacked

September, 1967: Beth Israel Synagogue Firebombed

September 9, 1987: Reverends Ed King and John Salter, now known as John Hunter Gray, ask for privacy protections for victims of Sovereignty Commission spying

September 19, 1998: Deavours Nix, defendant in Dahmer case, dies of cancer

September 22, 2005: Grand Gulf selected by NuStart Energy for second nuclear power plant