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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In Mississippi History

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1. On March 28, 1917, an F4 tornado tore through Mississippi, killing 37 people and causing extensive damage to several towns, including Richton and Beaumont.

2. In 1965, civil rights activists led a march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama in support of voting rights for African Americans. On March 28 of that year, the march reached Montgomery and culminated in a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. at the Alabama State Capitol.

3. On March 28, 2002, the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama plant in Lincoln, Alabama began production of its first vehicle, the Honda Odyssey. The plant employs over 4,500 people and produces over 340,000 vehicles annually.

4. In 2006, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill designating "In God We Trust" as the official state motto. The bill was signed into law by Governor Haley Barbour on April 17, 2006.

5. On March 28, 2020, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued a statewide shelter-in-place order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order, which was in effect until April 20, required residents to stay at home except for essential activities and services.
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