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5 Fun Facts About September 2 In Mississippi History

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1. On September 2, 1862, Confederate forces under General Sterling Price launched an attack on the Union garrison at Iuka. The Battle of Iuka was one of several engagements in Mississippi during the Civil War and resulted in a Confederate victory.

2. In 1902, the first state fair in Mississippi was held in Jackson on September 2. The fair has since become an annual tradition and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

3. On September 2, 1952, Hurricane Able made landfall in Mississippi, causing extensive damage and claiming several lives. The storm was one of a series of hurricanes to hit the Gulf Coast that year, and prompted increased efforts to prepare for future storms.

4. Mississippi native and football legend Walter Payton was born on September 2, 1954. Payton grew up in Columbia, Mississippi and went on to attend Jackson State University before playing for the Chicago Bears for 13 seasons. He was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

5. On September 2, 2017, Mississippi celebrated its bicentennial as a state. The event included a wide range of activities and celebrations throughout the state, and highlighted Mississippi's rich history and culture.
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