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5 Fun Facts About February 27 In Mississippi History

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1. On February 27, 1811, the Mississippi Territory was divided to create the Alabama Territory. This was a significant event in Mississippi history as it resulted in a shift of power and influence within the region.

2. In 1864, during the American Civil War, Union forces captured the city of Yazoo City in Mississippi. This was a strategic victory for the Union army as it allowed them to gain control of the Yazoo River and disrupt Confederate supply lines.

3. On February 27, 1942, U.S. Senator Theodore G. Bilbo of Mississippi gave a speech on the Senate floor calling for the removal of all Japanese Americans from the West Coast and putting them in internment camps. Bilbo was known for his white supremacist and segregationist views and this speech further demonstrated his racist beliefs.

4. On this day in 1960, civil rights activist and Mississippi native Medgar Evers delivered a speech at Alcorn State University urging students to become involved in the fight for racial equality. Evers would later become a prominent figure in the civil rights movement and was assassinated in 1963.

5. In 2013, a meteorite struck the town of Ruleville, Mississippi on February 27, causing a loud explosion and leaving a 2.2-mile-long debris field. The meteorite weighed an estimated 2.4 pounds before breaking into pieces upon impact. No injuries were reported.
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