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5 Fun Facts About January 26 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1939, Mississippi recorded one of its coldest days in history on January 26th. The temperature reportedly dropped to a frigid -19 degrees Fahrenheit in Corinth, Mississippi, setting a record low for the state.

2. In 1983, the Mississippi legislature officially signed a resolution recognizing January 26th as “Robert Johnson Day” in honor of the legendary blues musician. Johnson, who was born in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, is widely considered one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time.

3. On January 26th, 1865, Mississippi Governor Charles Clark issued a proclamation urging citizens to resist Union forces and continue supporting the Confederacy during the Civil War. However, just months later, Confederate forces surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the war in Mississippi.

4. In 1920, the first commercial airline flight in Mississippi history took place on January 26th. The flight, which was operated by the now-defunct company Aeromarine Airways, traveled from New Orleans to Biloxi.

5. On January 26th, 1964, a tornado tore through downtown Laurel, Mississippi, causing significant damage to buildings and injuring dozens of people. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that affected parts of the southern United States, and is remembered as one of the most destructive tornadoes in Mississippi history.
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