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5 Fun Facts About September 10 In Louisiana History

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1. Hurricane Betsy made landfall in Louisiana on September 10, 1965, causing catastrophic damage to the state's coastal areas. The storm destroyed thousands of homes and claimed more than 70 lives.

2. The Battle of St. Charles occurred on September 10, 1862. The Confederate Army, led by General Richard Taylor, successfully repelled an attack by Union troops on the river town of St. Charles.

3. On September 10, 1919, the Louisiana gubernatorial election between John M. Parker and Ruffin Pleasant ended in controversy. Allegations of fraud and voter suppression led to a contested election and a court battle that lasted for several years.

4. The Louisiana State Capitol building was dedicated on September 10, 1932. At the time, it was the tallest capitol building in the United States and remains an iconic landmark in Baton Rouge.

5. On September 10, 1960, Loyola University New Orleans became the first desegregated university in the Deep South when it admitted black students. The university's decision to integrate was met with opposition and controversy, but it paved the way for other Southern institutions to follow suit.
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