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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Mississippi History

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1. On August 29, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy visiting from Chicago, was brutally murdered in Money, Mississippi, after allegedly flirting with a white woman. Till's death and the acquittal of his murderers led to widespread outrage and played a significant role in the civil rights movement.

2. On August 29, 1896, the first boat race between Oxford and Cambridge universities was held on the Mississippi River. This race became an annual event and helped popularize rowing in the southeastern United States.

3. On August 29, 1862, the Battle of Davis Bridge was fought near Corinth, Mississippi, during the American Civil War. Confederate forces led by Earl Van Dorn successfully defended against Union troops, allowing them to continue their retreat to Holly Springs.

4. On August 29, 1803, Aaron Burr was arrested near Natchez, Mississippi, after being accused of plotting to secede from the United States and establish a new country. Burr was ultimately acquitted of the charges but his political career never recovered.

5. On August 29, 1825, the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee District was established to protect the Mississippi Delta region from flooding. This district, which encompassed several counties in the area, played a crucial role in the agricultural development of the region.
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