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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In Mississippi History

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1. In 1863, a major Civil War battle known as the Battle of Corinth began in Mississippi. Union forces, commanded by General William Rosecrans, defeated Confederate forces under General Earl Van Dorn.

2. In 1901, the state of Mississippi officially adopted the magnolia as its state flower. The magnolia is a symbol of beauty and hospitality, and is often used in the state's art and literature.

3. In 1928, the Mississippi River flooded, causing widespread damage and displacement. The flood affected several states and resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives.

4. In 1962, James Meredith became the first African American to enrol at the University of Mississippi. His enrolment was met with violent protests and clashes with law enforcement, but his persistence helped pave the way for desegregation of higher education in the state.

5. In 1987, former Governor Cliff Finch passed away at the age of 60. Finch had served as governor from 1976 to 1980, and was known for his colourful personality and blunt honesty. He was also instrumental in creating the state's first public defender system.
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