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5 Fun Facts About November 14 In Louisiana History

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1. Louisiana became a state: On November 14, 1812, Louisiana officially became the 18th state in the United States.

2. World War II: In 1942, the USS Orleans, a Navy cruiser named after the city in Louisiana, was commissioned on November 14th. The ship served in World War II and the Korean War before being decommissioned in the 1970s.

3. Civil Rights movement: On November 14, 1960, a group of six African-American students from Southern University in Baton Rouge staged a sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter in downtown Baton Rouge. This was part of the larger Civil Rights movement and ultimately led to the desegregation of lunch counters in the city.

4. New Orleans Saints: The New Orleans Saints, Louisiana's NFL team, played their first game ever on November 14, 1967. They lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 27-13.

5. Louisiana Purchase: On November 14, 1803, Louisiana Territory Governor William C. C. Claiborne arrived in New Orleans to assume his duties. Claiborne was the first governor appointed by President Thomas Jefferson after the Louisiana Purchase, which doubled the size of the United States.
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