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5 Fun Facts About December 10 In Louisiana History

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1. In 1803, Louisiana officially became a United States territory after the Louisiana Purchase, which was signed by President Thomas Jefferson.

2. On December 10, 1868, the Louisiana House of Representatives approved the constitution that would lead to the readmission of Louisiana into the United States following the Civil War.

3. The Louisiana Lottery Company, the largest lottery in the world at the time, was established on December 10, 1868, with offices in New Orleans.

4. On December 10, 1898, the first football game between LSU and Tulane was played in New Orleans. Tulane defeated LSU 34-0 in what would become an annual rivalry known as the Battle for the Rag.

5. The Huey P. Long Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River between Jefferson Parish and Baton Rouge, was officially opened on December 10, 1935. The bridge is named after former Louisiana Governor Huey P. Long and is the only bridge in Louisiana that crosses the Mississippi River outside of the New Orleans area.
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