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5 Fun Facts About June 11 In Mississippi History

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1. On June 11, 1963, black student James Meredith was shot and wounded during his one-man March Against Fear in Mississippi. The incident sparked outrage and attracted national attention, and other civil rights activists continued the march in Meredith's place.

2. June 11, 1900, saw the opening of the World's Fair in Paris, where Mississippi native and novelist William Faulkner was working as a booth attendant. The experience would influence his writing and provide inspiration for his eventual masterpiece, The Sound and the Fury.

3. On June 11, 1864, Confederate forces under General Nathan Bedford Forrest attacked Union troops in northern Mississippi in what became known as the Battle of Brice's Crossroads. Despite being vastly outnumbered, Forrest's forces achieved a decisive victory.

4. June 11, 1937, saw the first flight of the Gee Bee Model R-1 "Super Sportster", a racing plane designed and built by the Granville brothers in the small town of Springfield, Mississippi. The plane would go on to set speed records and win multiple races before being retired in 1940.

5. On June 11, 1983, the Mississippi Braves played their first game as a minor league baseball team in Jackson, Mississippi. The team has since become a popular attraction and helped to foster a love of baseball in the state.
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