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5 Fun Facts About June 14 In Mississippi History

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1. On June 14, 1836, the Mississippi Legislature passed a resolution requesting the U.S. Congress to grant Mississippi three million acres of public land to fund internal improvements in the state.

2. In 1963, Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated outside of his home in Jackson, Mississippi on June 12. His funeral was held on June 15, and he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

3. On June 14, 1864, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his troops launched a surprise attack on Union forces near Tupelo, Mississippi during the American Civil War. The ensuing battle lasted two days and resulted in a Union victory.

4. In 1928, the first air mail service began in Mississippi on June 14. Planes carried mail from Jackson to Meridian, Hattiesburg, and Gulfport, drastically reducing delivery times.

5. On June 14, 2018, Mississippi State University won its first-ever national championship in any sport when they defeated the University of Florida to win the College World Series in baseball.
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