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5 Fun Facts About December 27 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1832, the Choctaw Nation signed the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek, ceding all their land in Mississippi to the United States government. This treaty opened up the territory for white settlement and forced the Choctaw people to move westward to Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).

2. On December 27, 1862, Confederate General Earl Van Dorn led an unsuccessful raid on Union-held Holly Springs, Mississippi, during the Civil War. The raid resulted in the destruction of the city's railroad and supply depot, hindering Union General Ulysses S. Grant's advance into Mississippi.

3. Blues musician Robert Johnson, known for his iconic songs such as "Cross Road Blues" and "Sweet Home Chicago", was born on December 27, 1911, in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. He was a significant influence on later blues and rock musicians, and his grave at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Mississippi remains a pilgrimage site for his fans.

4. On December 27, 1967, the first of three NASA Apollo 7 astronauts, Walter Schirra Jr., was honored in Jackson, Mississippi, with the dedication of a historical marker. Schirra was a native of New Jersey but had attended high school in Jackson and considered Mississippi a second home.

5. The Mississippi Braves, the Double-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, were granted a license to play in Pearl, Mississippi, on December 27, 2004. The team has gone on to win five Southern League championships and has brought many future stars to Major League Baseball.
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