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5 Fun Facts About January 19 In Mississippi History

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1. On January 19, 1910, the first airplane flight took place in Mississippi. Orville Wright flew a Wright Model A aircraft in Greenwood, Mississippi, making it the first successful airplane flight in the state.

2. January 19, 1861, was a significant date in Mississippi history as it was the day the state seceded from the Union, becoming the second state to do so, after South Carolina. The secession led to the American Civil War, which caused significant destruction and loss of life in Mississippi.

3. On January 19, 1948, the world-famous blues artist, Robert Johnson, was posthumously inducted into the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Johnson's music and life have been the subject of many books, films, and documentaries and he is considered a key figure in the development of the blues genre.

4. In 1998, on January 19, William Winter, a prominent politician and civil rights advocate, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Winter served as Mississippi's governor in the 1980s and has been a vocal advocate for education reform and racial reconciliation.

5. January 19, 1853, was the birthday of Mississippi's first African-American Congressman, John R. Lynch. Lynch served as a Representative from Mississippi's 6th district and was a prominent Civil Rights activist in the late 19th century. He is known for his pioneering work on voting rights and for being one of the first African-Americans to hold high office in the United States.
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