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5 Fun Facts About October 1 In Louisiana History

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1. Louisiana became the 18th state of the United States on October 1, 1803. It was created from the Louisiana Territory, which was purchased by the United States from France in the Louisiana Purchase.

2. On October 1, 1862, the Battle of Galveston took place in Texas, which had become part of the Confederacy during the Civil War. Louisiana soldiers fought on both sides of the battle, with some serving in the Union army and others in the Confederate army.

3. The New Orleans World's Fair opened on October 1, 1984. The fair, officially known as the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, was held on the banks of the Mississippi River and featured exhibits from countries around the world.

4. Louisiana's first radio station, WWL, began broadcasting on October 1, 1922. The station is still on the air today and is one of the highest-rated news and talk stations in the country.

5. Louisiana native Fats Domino recorded his first hit song, "The Fat Man," on October 1, 1949. The song, which features Domino's signature piano playing and vocals, became a massive hit and helped establish him as one of the greats of early rock and roll.
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