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5 Fun Facts About November 24 In Mississippi History

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1. On November 24, 1955, in the small town of Money, Mississippi, 14-year-old African-American Emmett Till was brutally murdered for allegedly flirting with a white woman. Till's death became a catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement and sparked national outrage.

2. In 1863, Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed General Joseph E. Johnston as commander of the Army of Tennessee, replacing Braxton Bragg. Johnston, a skilled strategist, was able to reorganize and revitalize the demoralized Confederate troops.

3. On November 24, 1880, John H. Reagan was elected as the first chairman of the Texas-based Southern Pacific Railroad, which operated thousands of miles of track in Mississippi and across the western United States.

4. Mississippi State University defeated the University of Mississippi 17-0 in the 1917 Egg Bowl football game, which was played on November 24. The annual rivalry game, which began in 1901, is one of the oldest and most storied in college football.

5. On November 24, 2007, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians opened the Golden Moon Casino at the Pearl River Resort in Neshoba County. The casino, which features slots, table games, and a luxury hotel, is one of several gaming venues operated by the tribe in the state.
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