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5 Fun Facts About September 15 In Louisiana History

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1. In 1963, the first African American student was admitted to Tulane University in New Orleans. Ruby Bridges, who was six years old at the time, had previously made history as the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.

2. On September 15, 1810, the Louisiana patriot Francisco Bouligny led a successful revolt against Spanish rule in the region, marking the start of the short-lived Republic of West Florida. The republic was absorbed into the United States just a few months later.

3. The Louisiana Superdome, which took three years to build and cost $134 million, opened on September 15, 1975. The massive stadium, which has a seating capacity of over 72,000, has hosted countless events including Super Bowls, concerts, and political conventions.

4. On September 15, 1963, four young Black girls were killed in a bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The incident galvanized the Civil Rights Movement and helped to bring about the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

5. In 1928, Huey P. Long, the governor of Louisiana, unveiled his "Share Our Wealth" program in a speech in Shreveport. The program called for wealth redistribution, income caps, and social safety nets, and quickly gained a following across the country. Long was assassinated just two years later, but his legacy as a populist and progressive politician endures.
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