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5 Fun Facts About June 2 In Louisiana History

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1) In 1923, the Great Flood of Louisiana began on June 2 and lasted for several weeks. Heavy rainfall led to the flooding of over 27,000 square miles and caused massive damage, including the destruction of homes, businesses, and crops. The flood is estimated to have caused over $300 million in damages and led to the displacement of thousands of people.

2) On June 2, 1763, the Treaty of Paris was signed, which ended the French and Indian War and transferred ownership of Louisiana from France to Spain. The treaty also resulted in the transfer of other French territories in North America and marked the end of French colonial presence in the region.

3) June 2, 1863, saw the Battle of Milliken's Bend take place during the American Civil War. The battle was a significant engagement in the Vicksburg campaign and was fought between Union troops, mostly African American soldiers, and Confederate forces. The Union forces successfully defended the area, which allowed them to continue their campaign against Vicksburg.

4) Louisiana native and baseball legend Lou Gehrig was born on June 2, 1903, in New York City. Gehrig is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball players of all time and is particularly remembered for his record-setting streak of consecutive games played.

5) On June 2, 1962, astronaut John Glenn visited New Orleans as part of a nationwide tour to promote space exploration. Glenn had recently become the first American to orbit the Earth, and his visit to Louisiana was met with great fanfare and celebration.
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