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5 Fun Facts About January 25 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1839, Mississippi's first constitution was adopted on January 25th. The document set forth the framework for the state's government and established provisions for individual rights and property ownership.

2. In 1865, Major General William T. Sherman led Union troops into Meridian, Mississippi, during the Civil War. The troops destroyed railroad tracks and other infrastructure in an effort to weaken the Confederacy's ability to transport troops and supplies.

3. January 25, 1936, marked the birth of songwriter, singer, and musician Eddie Shaw in Stringtown, Mississippi. Shaw later became known for his blues and R&B performances and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2013.

4. In 1956, Governor J.P. Coleman signed a bill that allowed for the creation of the Pearl River Water Valley Supply District. The district oversees water management in the Pearl River Valley and has played a critical role in flood control and water supply for the region.

5. On January 25, 1984, Mississippi State University basketball player, Jarvis Varnado, was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. Varnado would later become one of the most prolific shot-blockers in college basketball history, setting records for blocked shots in both a single season and a career.
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