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5 Fun Facts About November 13 In Mississippi History

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1. On November 13, 1962, the University of Mississippi was forced to allow its first African American student, James Meredith, to attend classes after a long and violent battle against segregation.

2. On November 13, 2005, Mississippi was hit by Hurricane Katrina, which caused widespread destruction and claimed the lives of over 230 people in the state.

3. November 13, 1863 saw the Battle of Knoxville, a Civil War battle in which Confederate forces attempted to retake control of the city from Union forces. The battle was ultimately unsuccessful, and the Confederates were forced to retreat.

4. On November 13, 1925, the state of Mississippi was the first to officially recognize Navy Day, which honors the men and women of the United States Navy.

5. On November 13, 1997, Jerry Lee Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Lewis was born in Ferriday, Louisiana, but spent much of his career performing and recording music in Mississippi.
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