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5 Fun Facts About March 13 In Mississippi History

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1. On March 13, 1865, Confederate forces under General William Wirt Adams were defeated in the Battle of Spanish Fort near Mobile, Alabama. The battle marked the final major engagement of the Civil War in Mississippi and Alabama.

2. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour declared March 13, 2010, as "Ole Miss Women's Basketball Day" in honor of the University of Mississippi women's basketball team's historic victory over the University of Kentucky in the SEC tournament.

3. On March 13, 1965, thousands of civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in what became known as the "Bloody Sunday" march. Many of the marchers were from Mississippi and faced violent opposition from state and local law enforcement.

4. On March 13, 1985, Mississippi State University became the first university in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to offer a women's varsity soccer program. The team's first game was played later that year in September.

5. The city of Jackson, Mississippi, was founded on March 13, 1822, by Louis LeFleur, a French-Canadian trader. The city was named after General Andrew Jackson, who later became president of the United States.
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