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5 Fun Facts About November 11 In Mississippi History

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1. The city of Biloxi was settled on November 11, 1699, by French explorers led by Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville. The settlement was named "La Nouvelle Orléans" in honor of the Duke of Orléans and eventually became the present-day city of Biloxi.

2. November 11, 1918, marked the end of World War I, and Mississippians played a significant role in the war effort. Over 80,000 Mississippians served in the armed forces during the war, and over 1,500 lost their lives.

3. In 1965, the Mississippi Gulf Coast was hit by Hurricane Betsy on November 11th, causing widespread destruction and resulting in over 70 fatalities. Betsy remains one of the deadliest hurricanes in Mississippi's history.

4. On November 11, 1987, the Mississippi River Bridge in Natchez collapsed, killing two people and injuring several more. The bridge collapsed due to a combination of a design flaw and a barge collision, leading to significant changes in bridge design and inspection practices.

5. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Mississippi History Museum opened in Jackson on November 11, 2017. The museums explore Mississippi's complex history, including the state's role in the Civil Rights Movement and its cultural contributions. The opening was attended by several prominent figures, including civil rights icon John Lewis.
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