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5 Fun Facts About August 14 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1962, James Meredith became the first African American to enroll in the University of Mississippi after a prolonged legal battle and violent protests. Federal troops had to be deployed to protect Meredith and ensure his safety on campus.

2. In 1877, the Yellow Fever epidemic devastated Mississippi, causing thousands of deaths and widespread panic. The disease was spread by mosquitoes and led to the implementation of public health measures such as mosquito control and vaccination campaigns.

3. On August 14, 1862, Confederate troops under General John C. Breckenridge defeated Union forces in the Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, leading to the capture of the city and control of the lower Mississippi River.

4. In 1959, the Biloxi Wade-In was held on August 14, as African Americans protested white-only beaches on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The demonstration led to confrontations and arrests, but also raised awareness of racial discrimination in the state.

5. On August 14, 1999, Hurricane Georges struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast, causing widespread damage and flooding. The storm was one of the most powerful to hit the area in decades and had a significant impact on residents and businesses in the region.
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