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5 Fun Facts About September 24 In Louisiana History

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1. In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase was ratified by the United States Senate, which officially transferred the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States. The Louisiana Territory encompassed the current state of Louisiana and several other states in the western United States.

2. In 1810, a group of rebels in the Louisiana Territory staged the West Florida Rebellion, which sought to overthrow Spanish control of the region. The rebellion was unsuccessful, but it helped pave the way for the Louisiana Territory's eventual statehood in 1812.

3. In 1868, the Louisiana State Lottery was founded in New Orleans, which became one of the largest and most controversial lotteries in the United States. The lottery was known for its corruption and political influence, and it was eventually shut down by the federal government in 1895.

4. In 1962, federal troops were dispatched to the campus of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge to enforce a court-ordered desegregation. The troops were sent in after Governor Jimmie Davis refused to allow black students to enroll in the previously all-white university.

5. In 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 3 hurricane, causing significant damage in the southwestern part of the state. The storm caused over $10 billion in damage and was responsible for several deaths in Louisiana and Texas.
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