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5 Fun Facts About January 16 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1923, Mississippi's first radio station, WJDX, began broadcasting in Jackson. The station was originally owned by the Jackson Daily News and played a mix of music, news, and sports.

2. On January 16, 1838, the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek was signed between the United States government and the Choctaw Indians. The treaty resulted in the forced removal of the Choctaw from Mississippi to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.

3. In 1920, the first commercial flight in Mississippi took place from Jackson to Meridian. The six-passenger plane was operated by the Gulf Coast Airline and was used for mail delivery and passenger transport.

4. On January 16, 1871, the town of Holly Springs suffered a devastating fire that destroyed much of the downtown area. More than 200 buildings were destroyed, including the courthouse, jail, and post office.

5. In 1964, Mississippi State University's basketball team defeated the University of Kentucky, ending Kentucky's 129-game winning streak in SEC play. The game became known as the "Game of Change" due to the significance of Mississippi State, an all-white team, playing against Kentucky, an all-black team, during the height of the civil rights movement.
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