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5 Fun Facts About October 2 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1863, the Battle of Corinth began in Mississippi during the American Civil War, lasting two days and resulting in a Union victory.

2. In 1962, African-American student James Meredith became the first black student to enroll at the University of Mississippi, after a legal battle and deployment of federal troops to ensure his safety.

3. In 2017, Mississippi native and former NFL quarterback Brett Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, after a distinguished career with the Green Bay Packers, among other teams.

4. In 1901, journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett published her book, "A Red Record," which documented the scourge of lynching in the South and called for legal action to address the problem.

5. In 1982, Mississippi Governor William Winter announced his support for the establishment of a state flag that did not prominently feature the Confederate battle emblem, which had been controversial for its association with the state's segregationist past.
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