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5 Fun Facts About February 28 In Louisiana History

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1. The Battle of Phoenix, Louisiana occurred on February 28, 1864 during the American Civil War. Confederate forces attempted to stop Union troops from crossing the Bayou D'Arbonne, resulting in a skirmish that left 8 Union soldiers dead and 15 wounded.

2. In 1915, a fire broke out in the heart of New Orleans' Central Business District, destroying several buildings and causing millions of dollars in damages. The fire was eventually brought under control thanks to the efforts of over 1,000 firefighters.

3. On February 28, 1967, a tornado touched down in the city of New Orleans, causing significant damage to homes and businesses in the area. At least six people were killed and dozens were injured as a result of the twister.

4. Louisiana native Peyton Manning announced his retirement from the NFL on February 28, 2016. Manning, who had spent 18 seasons in the league, won two Super Bowl championships during his career and was widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history.

5. In 1985, the Louisiana State Legislature officially recognized the birthplace of jazz music as being in the city of New Orleans. The proclamation was issued in honor of the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, which was made by a group of New Orleans musicians in 1917.
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