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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In Mississippi History

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1. June 13, 1863 - Grant Advances on Vicksburg: During the American Civil War, Union General Ulysses S. Grant launched a third assault on the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The month-long siege ended with a Union victory on July 4, 1863.

2. June 13, 1963 - Governor Barnett Blocks Integration at Ole Miss: Governor Ross Barnett defied a federal court order to admit African American student James Meredith to the University of Mississippi. The resulting riot left two dead and hundreds injured.

3. June 13, 1970 - Jimi Hendrix Plays in Jackson: Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix played a concert at the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson. The show was one of his last before his untimely death later that year.

4. June 13, 1994 - Mississippi Ratifies the 13th Amendment: Mississippi became the last state to officially ratify the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery.

5. June 13, 1997 - Tornado Outbreak Sweeps Through Mississippi: A series of deadly tornadoes tore through parts of Mississippi, causing widespread damage and killing 12 people. The event was one of the worst tornado outbreaks in the state's history.
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