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5 Fun Facts About October 5 In Louisiana History

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1. In 1850, the first railroad in Louisiana was opened, connecting Algiers and the new town of Opelousas. This railroad would eventually become part of the Southern Pacific system.

2. In 1914, at the Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, a new beverage was introduced: the Dixie Beer. The beer quickly became popular throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states.

3. On October 5, 1962, the first Louisiana World Exposition opened in New Orleans. The fair featured exhibits from around the world and attracted millions of visitors before closing in 1964.

4. In 1986, the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans was host to a record-breaking event: Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass for over 80,000 people in the stadium.

5. On October 5, 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, causing extensive damage to the state's coastal regions. The hurricane was one of the strongest ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico.
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