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5 Fun Facts About December 19 In Mississippi History

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1. On December 19, 1862, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn led an attack on a Union supply depot in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Van Dorn's troops destroyed millions of dollars worth of supplies, dealing a blow to the Union army's efforts in the area.

2. Civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was born on December 19, 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi. Hamer was instrumental in the civil rights movement, particularly in the fight for voting rights for African Americans.

3. Mississippi Governor John Bell Williams declared a state of emergency on December 19, 1967 due to protests against segregation at the University of Mississippi. The protests were part of a larger movement for civil rights and desegregation in the state.

4. On December 19, 1980, a tornado ripped through the town of Meridian, Mississippi, causing widespread damage and killing one person. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather that swept across the southeastern United States.

5. Mississippi native and blues musician Willie Dixon passed away on December 19, 1992. Dixon was a prolific songwriter and musician, known for his work with other blues legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
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