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5 Fun Facts About July 9 In Louisiana History

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1. On July 9, 1868, a train derailment occurred in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, killing six people and injuring several others. It was one of the deadliest train accidents in the state's history.

2. July 9, 1960, marked the birth of Pierre "The Cajun Heartthrob" Le Moyne D'Iberville, a professional wrestler who was best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation during the 1990s.

3. Louisiana native Mahalia Jackson, one of the most celebrated gospel singers of all time, died on July 9, 1972. She was honored with a street renaming in her hometown of New Orleans in 1990.

4. The first automobile fatality in Louisiana occurred on July 9, 1901, when a car collided with a cyclist in downtown New Orleans, killing the cyclist instantly.

5. On July 9, 2016, suspected Baton Rouge shooter Gavin Long killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others before being fatally shot by police. The attack shocked the nation and led to renewed calls for gun control measures.
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