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5 Fun Facts About September 2 In Louisiana History

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1. Hurricane Katrina: On September 2, 2005, Hurricane Katrina reached its peak intensity in the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall in Louisiana the following day. The devastating Category 5 storm caused widespread destruction, particularly in the city of New Orleans.

2. Battle of New Orleans: On September 2, 1814, American forces led by General Andrew Jackson defeated a British invasion force in the Battle of New Orleans, a key engagement of the War of 1812. The victory is commemorated annually in Louisiana with the Battle of New Orleans Festival.

3. Louisiana Purchase: On September 2, 1802, the United States officially took possession of the Louisiana Territory from France following the Louisiana Purchase. The acquisition doubled the size of the United States and set the stage for westward expansion.

4. Huey Long Assassination: On September 2, 1935, Louisiana Senator Huey P. Long was shot and mortally wounded in the Louisiana State Capitol building in Baton Rouge. Long, who had served as governor and was a prominent populist figure, died two days later.

5. Louisiana State University: On September 2, 1860, the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy (later renamed Louisiana State University) opened its doors in Pineville, Louisiana. LSU is now the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System and is renowned for its research programs and athletic teams.
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