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5 Fun Facts About February 6 In Mississippi History

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1. On February 6, 1952, the University of Mississippi's basketball team defeated Kentucky in a major upset game. The win marked the first time in the school's history that the team had beaten the legendary Kentucky Wildcats.

2. In 1861, Mississippi seceded from the United States and joined the Confederacy. February 6 can be seen as significant as it was the day the state officially signed its secession documents.

3. Mississippi native and civil rights activist Medgar Evers was born on February 6, 1925. Evers served as the first field secretary for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Mississippi and was a pivotal figure in the fight for civil rights.

4. On this day in 1905, the first ever automobile race in Mississippi took place in the city of Gulfport. The race drew thousands of spectators and marked the beginning of the state's love affair with cars.

5. February 6, 1996, saw the premiere of A Time to Kill, a film adaptation of John Grisham's novel set in Mississippi. The movie starred Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sandra Bullock, and was mostly filmed in the state. It is considered a landmark moment in Mississippi's film history.
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