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5 Fun Facts About August 1 In Mississippi History

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1. Mississippi College was founded on August 1, 1826. It is the oldest college in Mississippi and has a long history of academic excellence. Today, it offers over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

2. On August 1, 1966, the first section of the Natchez Trace Parkway was opened to the public. The parkway follows the route of the historic Natchez Trace, which was used by Native Americans and early settlers.

3. The Mississippi State Flag was adopted on August 1, 1894. The flag features the Confederate Battle Flag in the upper left corner, a controversial symbol that has sparked debate and controversy in recent years.

4. On August 1, 1965, the Mississippi River reached a record-breaking high water mark of 48.7 feet. The flood caused widespread damage and forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

5. The first Elvis Presley concert in Mississippi was held on August 1, 1956, at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo. Elvis was born in Tupelo and the city still celebrates his legacy with an annual Elvis Festival.
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