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5 Fun Facts About May 26 In Mississippi History

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1. On May 26, 1865, Confederate General Richard Taylor surrendered his forces to Union forces in Citronelle, Alabama, effectively ending the Civil War in Mississippi.

2. On May 26, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Securities Act of 1933, which aimed to restore confidence in the stock market after the Great Depression.

3. On May 26, 1964, civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were brutally murdered by Ku Klux Klan members in Neshoba County, Mississippi. This tragedy is known as the "Mississippi Burning" case and brought national attention to the violence and racism of the state.

4. On May 26, 1972, the University of Southern Mississippi's women's basketball team won the AIAW national championship, becoming the first team from Mississippi to win a national title in any sport.

5. On May 26, 2011, a large tornado outbreak struck Mississippi, with more than 30 tornadoes touching down in the state. This outbreak caused significant damage and resulted in 12 deaths across the state.
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