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5 Fun Facts About November 20 In Mississippi History

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1. James Meredith is shot - On November 20, 1962, civil rights icon James Meredith was infamously shot by segregationist Aubrey James Norvell on his historic walk to desegregate the University of Mississippi.

2. Tupelo Tornado - On November 20, 2000, a massive tornado tore through Tupelo, Mississippi, leaving behind a path of destruction that stretched for miles. The tornado killed eleven people and injured hundreds more.

3. Marshall County Courthouse shooting - On November 20, 2001, a domestic dispute turned deadly when a man opened fire at the Marshall County Courthouse in Holly Springs, Mississippi. The shooter killed two people and injured eight others before being fatally shot by police.

4. Fort Maurepas - On November 20, 1699, French explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville established Fort Maurepas near modern-day Ocean Springs, Mississippi. The fort marked the first European settlement in the Mississippi Gulf Coast region.

5. Mississippi Statehood - On November 20, 1817, Mississippi officially became the twentieth state to join the United States. Its statehood was made possible by the Mississippi Territory, which was established by Congress in 1798.
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