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5 Fun Facts About October 28 In Mississippi History

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1. On October 28, 1864, Confederate forces under General Stephen D. Lee attacked Union troops in the Battle of Fairview, near Tupelo. The battle was part of a larger campaign by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to disrupt Union supply lines in northern Mississippi.

2. On October 28, 1886, the Mississippi State Fair Association was incorporated. The first Mississippi State Fair was held in Jackson in 1859, and has since become a beloved annual event featuring agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, live music, and more.

3. On October 28, 1919, the Memphis-to-Greenville Highway (now known as U.S. Route 61) was completed in Mississippi. The highway passes through the Mississippi Delta region, known for its rich history of blues music and agricultural heritage.

4. On October 28, 1925, the Tallahatchie Bridge was completed in Money, Mississippi. The bridge gained national notoriety in 1955 when 14-year-old Emmett Till was brutally murdered after reportedly whistling at a white woman in a nearby store.

5. On October 28, 2008, Hurricane Omar made landfall in Mississippi, causing extensive damage along the northern Gulf Coast. The hurricane resulted in at least one death in the state, and caused widespread power outages, flooding, and property damage.
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