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5 Fun Facts About March 15 In Louisiana History

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1. The Louisiana Purchase: On March 15, 1802, the United States Congress passed the Enabling Act, which authorized President Thomas Jefferson to draw up the boundaries for the Louisiana Purchase. The Purchase, which took effect on December 20, 1803, added over 500 million acres of land to the United States and helped fuel the country's westward expansion.

2. First Mardi Gras Parade in New Orleans: March 15, 1837 is considered the date of the first organized Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. A group of students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette walked the streets of the city with masks and costumes, sparking a tradition that continues to this day.

3. Lafayette Square Riot: On March 15, 1867, a riot broke out in Lafayette Square in New Orleans between police and former Confederate soldiers. The soldiers were protesting the recent election of a Reconstruction government, and the riot resulted in the deaths of over 30 people and the destruction of many buildings.

4. First Jazz Recordings: On March 15, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band recorded their first jazz record in New Orleans. The recording, which included the songs "Dixie Jass Band One-Step" and "Livery Stable Blues," is considered the first commercially released jazz recording in history.

5. Hurricane Betsy: On March 15, 1965, Hurricane Betsy made landfall in Louisiana, causing extensive damage and killing over 70 people. Betsy was one of the costliest hurricanes to hit the United States at the time and led to improvements in hurricane preparedness and response in the region.
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