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5 Fun Facts About May 24 In Louisiana History

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1. Louisiana became a state: On May 24, 1812, Louisiana became the 18th state of the United States.

2. Battle of Mansfield: On May 24, 1864, the Battle of Mansfield took place in DeSoto Parish during the American Civil War. The Confederate Army, under the command of General Richard Taylor, defeated the Union Army, leading the way for the Confederacy to capture many parts of Louisiana.

3. First Louisiana-Made Movie: May 24, 1910, marks the release of the first Louisiana-made movie, The Louisiana Purchase, which was filmed in Baton Rouge.

4. Earthquake in Louisiana: On May 24, 1956, an earthquake of magnitude 3.8 struck Louisiana. The epicenter was located near Bossier City, and the earthquake caused minor damage.

5. Watergate Conviction: In 1974, Louisiana senator Allen Ellender passed away on May 27, three days after May 24, the day the Senate Watergate Committee recommended that President Richard Nixon be impeached. Ellender had been a powerful figure in the Senate and had been a staunch supporter of Nixon.
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