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5 Fun Facts About August 19 In Mississippi History

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1. On August 19, 1919, Mississippi became the 22nd state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. This was a significant milestone in the women's suffrage movement.

2. On August 19, 1964, the bodies of three civil rights activists - James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner - were found in a shallow grave in Neshoba County. The three men had been working to register African Americans to vote in Mississippi and their deaths sparked national outrage.

3. Mississippi blues legend Robert Johnson recorded several songs for the American Record Company on August 19, 1938, including his famous track "Cross Road Blues." Johnson's music would go on to influence countless musicians and is considered a major factor in the development of rock and roll.

4. On August 19, 2013, Mississippi State University quarterback Dak Prescott was arrested for DUI. Prescott went on to become one of the most successful football players in the school's history, leading the team to several bowl game victories and setting multiple records.

5. On August 19, 1862, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn was removed from his command by Confederate President Jefferson Davis after being accused of having an affair with a fellow officer's wife. Van Dorn had been leading Confederate forces in the western theater of the Civil War and his removal was seen as a setback for the Confederacy.
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