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5 Fun Facts About April 18 In Louisiana History

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1. In 1812, the Louisiana Territory held a constitutional convention in New Orleans, where delegates drafted a state constitution that was later approved by the U.S. Congress. This paved the way for Louisiana to become the 18th state in the Union on April 30, 1812.

2. On April 18, 1861, Confederate forces in New Orleans seized the U.S. Mint and Custom House, consolidating their control over the city and further escalating tensions between North and South at the outset of the Civil War.

3. In 1901, the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (also known as the St. Louis World's Fair) opened to the public in St. Louis, Missouri. This fair commemorated the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase and featured exhibits from around the world, as well as live performances and cultural presentations.

4. On April 18, 1945, celebrated blues musician Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was born in Vinton, Louisiana. Brown went on to become a skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, blending blues, jazz, country, and other genres into his unique style.

5. In 2005, on April 18, the city of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history. The storm caused catastrophic flooding throughout the city, resulting in thousands of deaths and billions of dollars in damage. The hurricane remains a defining moment in Louisiana history, as well as a reminder of the ongoing threats posed by natural disasters.
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