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55.8Mil BC    In 2008 scientists reported that a small primate species, named Teilhardina magnoliana lived about this time and inhabited what later became east-central Mississippi.
    (SFC, 3/4/08, p.A15)

1541        Mar 14, In the area of the state of Mississippi Hernando de Soto and his men were attacked by hundreds of Chickasaw Indians. 11 Spaniards were killed along with 15 horses and 400 pigs.
    (ON, 4/01, p.5)

1717        In France John Law proposed a company with exclusive rights to trade with and exploit the resources of the Mississippi territory and to pay down the government's debt from company profits. The regent and Parliament approved and the Companie d’Occident (Company of the West) was established.
    (WSJ, 7/19/00, p.B4)(Econ, 8/15/09, p.63)

1720        Mar 24, In Paris, banking houses closed in the wake of financial crisis. The "Mississippi Bubble" burst as panicked investors withdrew their money from John Law's bank and Mississippi Company [see South Sea Bubble, Jan, 1720].
    (WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R8)(HN, 3/24/99)(WSJ, 7/19/00, p.B4)

1736        May 26, British and Chickasaw Indians defeated the French at the Battle of Ackia. In northwestern Mississippi the Chickasaw Indians, supported by the British, defeated a combined force of French soldiers and Chocktaw Indians, thus opening the region to English settlement.
    (AHD, 1971, p.11)(AP, 5/26/98)

1755-1835    Louis Zara (d.2001 at 91) covered this period of the Eastern Mississippi Valley in his 1940 historical novel “This Land Is Ours."
    (SFC, 10/24/01, p.C6)

1798        Apr 7,  Territory of Mississippi was organized.
    (HN, 4/7/97)

1798        In Natchez the House on Ellicott's Hill was built.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1807        Sep 1, Former Vice President Aaron Burr was found innocent of treason. [see 1806] Burr had been arrested in Mississippi for complicity in a plot to establish a Southern empire in Louisiana and Mexico. Burr was then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.
    (www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/burr/burrchronology.html)(AP, 9/1/07)

1812        The Auburn mansion in Natchez was built.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1817        Mar 3, Mississippi Territory was divided into Alabama Territory and Mississippi.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1818        The Monmouth mansion in Natchez was built. It was later turned into a bed-and-breakfast inn.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1820        The Rosalie mansion in Natchez was built. It later served as the headquarters for Ulysses S. Grant.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1833        John Anderson, a Kentucky-based slave trader, was one of 10 dealers who, during a cholera epidemic, petitioned to move the Natchez, Miss., slave market outside the city limits.
    (WSJ, 12/2/04, p.D12)

1836        Isaac Wade Ross, Revolutionary war hero, died in Mississippi. His will stipulated that his slaves should be emancipated upon his death, but only if they agreed to go to Liberia. The 1st of almost 200 were finally set free in 1848. In 2004 Alan Huffman authored "Mississippi in Africa: The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia Today."
    (SSFC, 2/1/04, p.M1)

1837        May 9, "Sherrod" burned in Mississippi River below Natchez, Miss., and 175 died.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1840        May 7, A tornado struck Natchez, Miss., killing 317 people and causing over a million dollars in damage.
    (SFC, 5/7/09, p.D8)

1840        A US no-bail-out policy forced some state into default. Several US states had loaded up on unsustainable debt following an extended period of easy credit. These states consequently found payments on their existing bonds increasingly unaffordable. Between 1841 and 1843 Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and one territory – a proto-state called Florida – defaulted.
    (Econ, 2/11/12, p.57)(http://tinyurl.com/6pgf4wq)

1841         Mar 1, Blanche K. Bruce, senator of Mississippi 1875-1881, was born in Farmville, Va. 
    (HN, 3/1/98)(SC, 3/1/02)

1842        The governor’s mansion in Jackson was built.
    (WSJ, 10/14/97, p.A22)

1850        The Greek revival mansion, later known as the Longfellow House, was built by a New Orleans slave trader in Pascagoula.
    (WSJ, 7/30/99, p.B1)

1852        A Greek revival mansion overlooking the Tombigbee River was built by cotton planter Charles McLaren. In 2004 the 8k square foot house was for sale at $1.5 million.
    (WSJ, 11/19/04, p.W14)

1855        Apr 21, The 1st train crossed the Mississippi River's 1st bridge.
    (MC, 4/21/02)

1857        Jul 12, George E. Ohr (d.1918), ceramics artist (the mad potter of Biloxi), was born in Biloxi, Mississippi.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_E._Ohr)(ON, 11/06, p.11)

1857        The Stanton Hall mansion in Natchez, one of the loveliest homes in America, was built.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1858        The Magnolia Hall mansion in Natchez was built.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1860         Nov, Abraham Lincoln won the US presidential elections with a majority of the electoral votes in a 4-way race. Following his election South Carolina seceded from the Union followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
    (WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)

1860        Longwood mansion, one of the strangest in America, was built.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1860        The number of slaves in Mississippi numbered over 400,000.
    (Econ, 2/13/10, p.85)

1861        Jan 9,  Mississippi became the 2nd state to secede from the Union.
    (HN, 1/9/98)(AP, 1/9/99)(MC, 1/9/02)

1861        Jan 10, US forts & property were seized by Mississippi.
    (MC, 1/10/02)

1861        Jan 21, U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and five other Southern senators made emotional farewell speeches. Just weeks after his home state of Mississippi seceded from the Union, Davis prepared to leave Washington, D.C., and the country he had served as a soldier, cabinet member and member of Congress. One more time, Davis enumerated the reasons why the South felt secession was its only recourse: "...when you deny to us the right to withdraw from a Government which...threatens to be destructive to our rights, we but tread in the path of our fathers when we proclaim our independence...." Davis then apologized to any senators he may have offended, and finished his address by saying, "...it only remains for me to bid you a final adieu."
    (AP, 1/21/98) (HNPD, 1/21/99)

1861        Feb 4, Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America. They included Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. They elected Jefferson Davis as president of Confederacy.
    (AP, 2/4/97)(ON, 11/00, p.1)

1861        Feb 9, The Confederate Provisional Congress, meeting in Alabama, declared all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states. The Congress elected Jefferson Davis of Mississippi as president and Alexander H. Stephens vice president. Jefferson Davis' Mexican War exploits led him to the Confederate White House. In 2001 William C. Davis authored "The Union That Shaped the Confederacy: Robert Toombs and Alexander H. Stephens."
    (HN, 2/9/97)(AP, 2/9/99)(WSJ, 6/13/01, p.A18)(AH, 2/06, p.15)

1861        Sep 1, Ulysses Grant assumed command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau, MI.
    (MC, 9/1/02)

1862        Feb 6, Ulysses S. Grant began a military campaign in Mississippi. The Battle of Fort Henry, Tenn., began the Mississippi Valley campaign.
    (HN, 2/6/99)(MC, 2/6/02)

1862        Apr 29, 100,000 federal troops prepared to march into Corinth, Miss.
    (MC, 4/29/02)

1862        May 29, Confederate General P.T. Beauregard retreated to Tupelo, Mississippi. He had taken command of the Trans-Mississippi area after the death of General Albert Sidney Johnson.
    (HN, 5/29/99)

1862        May 30, Confederate General Beauregard evacuated Corinth, Mississippi.
    (HN, 5/30/98)

1862        May 30, Union troops under Union General Henry Halleck entered Corinth, Mississippi.
    (HN, 5/30/99)

1862        Jul 15, Lt. Isaac Brown took the Confederate ironclad C.S.S. Arkansas into the Mississippi River and engaged 3 Union ships near Vicksburg. The CSS Arkansas vs. USS Carondelet and Queen of the West engaged at Yazoo River.
    (ON, 10/02, p.12)(MC, 7/15/02)

1862        Jul 24, Union fleets abandoned their attack on Vicksburg, Miss.
    (ON, 10/02, p.12)

1862        Oct 3, At the Battle of Corinth, in Mississippi, a Union army defeated the Confederates.
    (HN, 10/3/98)

1862        Oct 4, Battle of Corinth, Mississippi, ended.
    (MC, 10/4/01)

1862        Dec 5, Union general Ulysses Grant’s cavalry received a setback in an engagement on the Mississippi Central Railroad at Coffeeville, Mississippi.
    (HN, 12/5/98)

1862        Dec 15, Nathan B. Forrest crossed the Tennessee River at Clifton with 2,500 men to raid the communications around Vicksburg.
    (HN, 12/15/98)

1862        Dec 20, A relatively small force of Southern cavalry troops made an unexpected raid on the Union Arsenal at Holly Springs, Mississippi. This caused General Grant to withdraw his entire army of 75,000 troops from Mississippi.
    (www.civilwarweb.com/articles/07-99/hollyspg.htm)

1862        Dec 27, Battle of Chickasaw Bluffs, Miss. (Chickasaw Bayou), began.
    (MC, 12/27/01)

1862        Dec 29, Battle of Chickasaw Bayou was fought by Sherman’s troops in order to gain the north side of Vicksburg. Confederate armies defeated Gen. Sherman.
    (HN, 12/29/98)(MC, 12/29/01)

1862        Confederate General Earl Van Dorn attacked Union forces at the Mississippi railroad town of Corinth in an effort to help Braxton Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky. With Union interest concentrated chiefly on Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky, Union General Grant’s command was scattered about western Tennessee and northern Mississippi in several garrisons. Impetuous and aggressive (he was a former Indian fighter), Van Dorn evaluated potential objectives before deciding to attack the strongest, the one at Corinth, Miss. Two strategic railroads, the Mobile & Ohio and the Memphis & Charleston, linked up there, and control of the rails was, as always, a paramount concern in the war.
    (HNQ, 4/19/01)

1863        Mar 11, Union troops under General Ulysses S. Grant gave up their preparations to take Vicksburg after failing to pass Fort Pemberton, north of Vicksburg.
    (HN, 3/11/99)

1863        Apr 24, Skirmish at Okolona, Birmingham, Mississippi (Grierson's Raid).
    (MC, 4/24/02)

1863        May 4, War correspondents Richard T. Colburn, Junius H. Brown and Albert Dean Richardson were captured enroute to Grant’s headquarters by a Confederate patrol near Vicksburg, Miss. Colburn was soon released but Brown and Richardson were sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Va., and later to Salisbury Prison in North Carolina. They managed to escape in Dec 1864 and arrived in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan 13, 1865.
    (ON, 4/03, p.12)

1863        May 5, Battle of Tupelo, MS.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1863        May 12, With a victory at the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi, Grant closed in on Vicksburg.
    (SC, internet, 5/12/97)(HN, 5/12/99)

1863        May 14, Battle of Jackson, MS.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1863        May 16, At the Battle of Champion's Hill, in Mississippi, the bloodiest action of the Vicksburg Campaign, Union General Ulysses S. Grant repulsed the Confederates, driving them into Vicksburg.
    (HN, 5/16/99)

1863        May 17, Union General Ulysses Grant continued his push towards Vicksburg at the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge in Mississippi.
    (HN, 5/17/99)

1863        May 18, Siege of Vicksburg, MS.
    (SC, 5/18/02)

1863        May 19, Union General Ulysses S. Grant's first attack on Vicksburg, Miss., was repulsed.
    (HN, 5/19/99)

1863        May 22, U.S. Grant’s second attack on Vicksburg failed and a siege began.
    (HN, 5/22/98)

1863        Jun 8, Residents of Vicksburg, Miss., fled into caves as Grant’s army began shelling the town.
    (HN, 6/8/98)

1863        Jun 10, At the Battle of Brice's Crossroads in Mississippi, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest with 3,500 troops defeated the Union troops of 8,000.
    (HN, 6/10/98)(MC, 6/10/02)

1863        Jun 18, After repeated acts of insubordination, General John McClernand was relieved by General Ulysses S. Grant during the siege of Vicksburg.
    (HN, 6/18/98)

1863        Jul 4, General U.S. Grant's Union army captured the Confederate town of Vicksburg, Miss., after a long siege during the Civil War. In 2009 Winston Groom authored “Vicksburg 1863."
    (HN, 7/4/98)(IB, 12/7/98)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.88)

1863        Jul 5, Federal troops occupied Vicksburg, Mississippi, and distributed supplies to the citizens. The battles of Jackson and Birdsong Ferry, were fought in Mississippi.
    (HN, 7/5/98)(MC, 7/5/02)

1863        Jul 10-Jul 16, In the Battle of Jackson, MS, federals captured Jackson with 1000 casualties vs. 1339 for the Confederates.
    (MC, 7/10/02)

1863        Jul 13-15, Battle of Tupelo, MS (Harrisburg).
    (MC, 7/13/02)

1863        Nov 14, There was a skirmish at Danville, Mississippi.
    (MC, 11/14/01)

1864        Feb 13, Miridian Campaign fighting at Chunky Creek and Wyatt, Mississippi.
    (MC, 2/13/02)

1864        Feb 21-1864 Feb 22, Battle at Okolona, Mississippi.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

1864        Feb 22, Nathan Bedford Forrest's brother, Jeffrey, was killed at Okolona, Miss. Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877) was a Confederate cavalry general.
    (HN, 2/22/98)(WUD, 1994, p.558)

1864        Jul 14, At Harrisburg, Mississippi, Federal troops under General Andrew Jackson Smith repulsed an attack by General Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of Forrest's only two defeats.
    (HN, 7/14/98)

1864        Sep 16, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest led 4,500 men out of Verona, Miss. to harass Union outposts in northern Alabama and Tennessee.
    (HN, 9/16/98)

1866        Apr 2, Pres. ended war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Ten & Va.
    (MC, 4/2/02)

1866        In Mississippi a fifth of the state’s revenues were spent on artificial arms and legs for Confederate veterans.
    (SFEC, 7/6/97, Z1 p.6)

1866        A white mob rushed a courthouse in Carroll County, Miss., after 2 black men filed a lawsuit against a white man. Over 20 blacks were murdered.
    (WSJ, 10/17/08, p.A14)

1870        Feb 17, Mississippi became the 9th state readmitted to US after Civil War. [see Feb 23]
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1870        Feb 23, Mississippi was readmitted to the Union. [see Feb 17]
    (AP, 2/23/98)

1871        Mississippi purchased the property of Oakland College and renamed it Alcorn University in honor of James L. Alcorn, governor of the state. The college had closed its doors at the beginning of the Civil War so that its students could answer the call to arms.
    (www.alcorn.edu/about/history.htm)

1874        Mar 5, Blanche Kelso Bruce (1841-1898), elected by the Mississippi Legislature, formally entered the US Senate. Bruce was the first full-term African American Senator (1874-1881). In 2006 Lawrence Otis Graham authored “The Senator and the Socialite: The True Story of America’s First Black Dynasty."
    (SSFC, 7/2/06, p.M1)(www.csusm.edu/Black_Excellence/documents/pg-b-bruce.html)

1875        Jul 4, White Democrats killed several blacks in terrorist attacks in Vicksburg.
    (Maggio, 98)

1878        The name of Alabama’s Alcorn University was changed to Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College (Alcorn A&M).
    (www.alcorn.edu/about/history.htm)

1882        Feb 7, American pugilist John L. Sullivan became the last of the bare-knuckle world heavyweight champions with his defeat of Patty Ryan in Mississippi City.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_L._Sullivan)

1884        Feb 19, A series of tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in 7 US states (Miss, Ala, NC, SC, Tenn., Ky & In).
    (WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 2/19/02)

1884        Mar 12, Mississippi established the first U.S. state college for women.
    (HN, 3/12/98)

1884        Albert T. Morgan (d.1922), a Union veteran who settled in Yazoo, Miss., authored his memoir “Yazoo: On the Picket Line of Freedom in the South: A Personal Narrative." He later became a Mississippi state senator.
    (WSJ, 2/9/08, p.W10)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_T._Morgan)

1886        Mar 17, The Carrollton Massacre in Mississippi occurred and 20 African Americans were killed.
    (HN, 3/17/98)

1880        Blanche Kelso Bruce (1841-1898), US Senator from Mississippi, lost his senate seat. Pres. Garfield appointed him registrar of the Treasury.
    (WSJ, 7/12/06, p.D12)

1889        Jul 8, In Mississippi Jake Kilrain (1859-1937) fought boxing champion John L. Sullivan in the last world heavyweight championship prizefight decided with bare knuckles under London Prize Ring rules in history. Sullivan defeated Kilrain in a match that went to 75 rounds.
    (AH, 2/06, p.29)(http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_-_Kilrain_Fight)

1890        Mississippi set the pattern for Black disenfranchisement “based on the perception of blacks as by nature inferior and ignorant and hence unfit to vote."
    (SFCM, 2/11/01, p.12)

1891        Charley Patton, Delta bluesman, was born.
    (SFEM, 3/14/99, p.34)

1893        Oct 1, In the 3rd worst hurricane in US history 1,800 people were killed in  Mississippi.
    (MC, 10/1/01)

1894        A great fire swept through Biloxi, Mississippi.
    (ON, 11/06, p.11)

1897        Sep 25, William Faulkner (d.1962), American author, was born in New Albany, Miss. His books were mostly set in Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. and include “The Sound and The Fury" (1929) and “Intruder in the Dust." "The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man; it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."
    (AP, 9/25/97)(HN, 9/25/98)

1898        Sep, Jimmy Rogers, country singer, was born in Meridian, Miss. He died at 35 of tuberculosis. In 1997 Bob Dylan produced the album “The Songs of Jimmy Rogers: A Tribute" by a variety of artists. His biography was written by Nolan Porterfield: “Jimmy Rogers: The Life and Times of America’s Blue Yodeler."
    (SFEC, 8/17/97, DB p.56)(WSJ, 9/26/97, p.A20)

1888        Blanche Kelso Bruce (1841-1898), former US Senator from Mississippi, was named recorder of deeds in Washington DC under Pres. Benjamin Harrison.
    (WSJ, 7/12/06, p.D12)

1900        Apr 30, Engineer John Luther "Casey" Jones of the Illinois Central Railroad was killed in a Cannonball Express wreck near Vaughan, Miss., after staying at the controls in an effort to save the passengers.
    (AP, 4/30/99)

1901        Aug 3, John Stennis, Sen-D-Miss, was born.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

1902        Nov 16, A cartoon appeared in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi.
    (HN, 11/16/00)

1903        Jan 2, President Theodore Roosevelt closed a post office in Indianola, Mississippi for refusing to hire a black postmistress.
    (HN, 1/2/99)

1906        Gov. James Kimble denounced black men as fiends and argued that lynching was the only way to control a barbarous race.
    (WSJ, 1/14/02, p.A16)

1907        Jul 7, Robert Heinlein (d.1988), science-fiction author, was born in Butler, Miss. "Goodness without wisdom always accomplishes evil."
    (V.D.-H.K.p.383)(AP, 5/25/99)(AP, 7/7/07)

1908        Feb 17, Walter Lanier “Red" Barber, baseball announcer for the Cincinnati Reds, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees, was born in Columbus, Miss.
    (HN, 2/17/01)(AP, 2/17/08)

1908        Sep 4, Richard Wright (d.1960), novelist who wrote about the abuses of blacks in white society, best known for “Native Son" (1940), was born near Natchez, Miss.
    (SSFC, 8/12/01, DB p.61)(AP, 9/4/08)

1909        Apr 13, Eudora Welty (d.2001), Southern writer, was born in Jackson, Miss. Her books included  “Delta Wedding" and “The Optimist's Daughter" (1972). In 1998 Ann Waldron published "Eudora Welty: A Writer’s Life."
    (SFEC, 11/22/98, BR p.4)(SFEC, 12/6/98, BR p.8)(HN, 4/13/01)

1910        Jun 20, Chester Arthur Burnett (d.1976) was born in West Point, Mississippi. He later became known as the blues singer Howlin’ Wolf.
    (SSFC, 7/4/04, p.M6)(www.britannica.com)

1910        Dec 18, The first dispensary for treating hookworm disease opened in Columbia, Mississippi.
    (http://tinyurl.com/24cckey)

1911        Mar 26, Tennessee Williams (d.1983), American dramatist, was born in Columbus, Miss. His plays included "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Name Desire."
    (HN, 3/26/01)(AP, 3/26/02)(http://tinyurl.com/s8zm5)

1911        May 8, Robert Johnson (d.1938), bluesman, was born.
    (HT, 5/97, p.40)(SFEM, 9/26/99, p.12)

1913        Sep 28, Race riots in Harriston, Mississippi, killed 10 people.
    (HN, 9/28/98)

1917        John Lee Hooker (d.2001), blues musician, was born in Clarksdale.
    (SFC, 6/22/01, p.A1)

1918        Jan 8,    Mississippi became the first state to ratify the proposed 18th amendment to the US Constitution, which established Prohibition.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

1918        William Faulkner (1897-1962), American novelist, enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a cadet pilot. Before he finished his basic training, World War I ended and he returned to his home in Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1949 and the Pulitzer Prize in 1955.
    (HNQ, 10/29/01)

1920        Apr 20, Tornadoes struck northern Alabama and Mississippi. The final Alabama death toll reached 92 people. As many as 219 people were reportedly killed.
    (www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/significant_events/climate/top10.php)(SFC, 4/20/09, p.D8)

1923        Apr 25, Albert King, blues singer/guitar (Bad Look Blues), was born in Mississippi.
    (SS, 4/25/02)

1925        Sep 16, Blues musician B.B. King ("Blues Boy") was born in Mississippi. In the mid-1950s, while King was performing in Twist, Arkansas, some audience members got into a fight over a woman named Lucille. They knocked over a kerosene stove and set the place on fire. Everybody ran outside...but when King realized he left his guitar inside, he rushed back to retrieve it. From then on, King named all his guitars "Lucille."
    (www.britannica.com)(www.wordiq.com/definition/B._B._King)

1926        Jul 2, Medgar Evers, American civil rights leader in Mississippi, was born. He was murdered in front of his house in 1963 by Byron DeLa Beckwith.
    (HN, 7/2/99)(SFC, 1/22/01, p.A22)

1927        May 24, The final levee breach of the 1927 flood occurred at McCrea, Louisiana, on the east bank of the Atchafalaya levee. The flood along the Mississippi killed some 500 people and displaced thousands. The levee system broke in 145 places and caused 27,000 square miles of flooding in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. In 1997 the book "Rising Tide" by John M. Barry described the catastrophe. It was also the subject of the Randy Newman song "Louisiana 1927."
    (www.rms.com/publications/1927_MississippiFlood.pdf)(WSJ, 2/6/97, p.A12)(SFC, 11/28/03, p.C7)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 11/2/05, p.A2)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.30)

1927        Aug 1, In Bristol, Tennessee, the Carter Family (A.P., wife Sara, and cousin Maybelle) came down from the mountains of Virginia and began recording their country style “hillbilly" music for Ralph Peer of the Victor Talking Machine Co.  Jimmy Rogers (1898-1933) came from Mississippi to record.
    (Hem., 4/97, p.68)(WSJ, 8/1/02, p.A1)

1928        Dec 30, Bo Didley, blues composer and singer famous for his Mockingbird song, was born in McComb, Mississippi. His music included “Pretty Thing," “Diddy Wah Diddy," “Who Do You Love," “Hey Bo Didley," and “Hush Your Mouth." The Bo came from boxing.
    (SFEC, 8/25/96, DB p.71)(HN, 12/30/98)

1929        Charley Patton recorded "Moon Goin' Down," "Pony Blues" and "When Your Way Gets Dark" for Paramount's "race" records.
    (SFEM, 3/14/99, p.34)

1929        Charles Henri Ford (d.2002 at 94) founded “Blues: A Magazine of New Rhythms," while living at home in Columbus. He edited 8 issues.
    (SFC, 10/1/02, p.A18)

1930        Mar 21, Otis Spann, blues singer, was born in Jackson, Miss.
    (WSJ, 6/28/00, p.A20)

1931        Jan 17, James Earl Jones, actor (Darth Vader, Exorcist II, Soul Man), was born in Miss.
    (MC, 1/17/02)

1932        The Natchez Garden Club began the Pilgrimage old-house tours when a freeze killed all the local flowers just as garden tours were scheduled to begin.
    (SFEC, 6/6/99, p.T4)

1933        Mar 18, Unita Blackwell, 1st black mayor in Mississippi, was born.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1933        Sep 1, Conway Twitty [Harold Jenkins], country singer (Hello Darlin'), was born in Miss.
    (SC, 9/1/02)

1934        Feb 7, 1st contract for TVA power was in Tupelo, Miss.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1934         Charlie Patton, Mississippi bluesman, died. His music is on the album “Founder of the Delta Blues" (Yazoo). His song “Dry Well Blues" described the disastrous 1930 Lula draught.
    (NH, 9/96, p.62)(NH, 10/96, p.66)

1935        Jan 8, Rock 'n' roll legend Elvis Presley, “The King," was born in Tupelo, Miss. The most popular singer of the 1950s and 60s. Best known for “Hound Dog," “Jailhouse Rock" and “Love Me tender." He also starred in over thirty films.
    (SFC, 8/11/97, p.A1)(AP, 1/8/98)(HN, 1/8/99)

1936        Apr 5, Tupelo, Mississippi, was virtually annihilated by a tornado and 216 died.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1936        Nov, Robert Johnson, Mississippi blues guitarist, his first of 5 sessions.
    (SFC, 9/23/98, p.E3)

1937        Jun 27, Robert Johnson, blues guitarist, recorded “Traveling Riverside Blues and 10 other songs in Dallas for the American Record Corp. He also “Come On in My Kitchen."
    (SFC, 7/25/97, p.D5)(BS, 5/3/98, p.7E)

1937        Sep 26, Bessie Smith, known as the ‘Empress of the Blues,’ died in a car crash on Highway 61 near Clarksdale, Mississippi.
    (HN, 9/26/00)(HT, 5/97, p.40)

1938        Aug 13, Robert Johnson, blues guitarist, was poisoned by a bartender at a roadhouse outside of Greenwood, Miss.
    (SFC, 9/23/98, p.E3)

1938        Aug 16, Robert Johnson (27), bluesman, musician and king of the Mississippi Delta blues, died 3 days after ingesting whiskey laced with poison (probably strychnine). He has 2 grave sites around Morgan City. Columbia Records issued the first Robert Johnson LP in 1961 titled “King of the Delta Blues Singers" and “Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings" in 1990. His music is on “The Complete Plantation Recordings" (Chess/MCA). Peter Guralnick later wrote his biography. His tunes included “Love in Vain," “Cross Road Blues" and “Ramblin on My Mind." In 1998 the video documentary “Can’t You Hear the Wind Howl? The Life and Music of Robert Johnson" was released. In 1999 Robert Mugge premiered his film "Hellhounds On My Trail: The Afterlife of Robert Johnson."
    (HT, 5/97, p.41)(NH, 9/96, p.54)(HT, 5/97, p.41)(SFC, 9/23/98, p.E3)(WSJ, 10/16/98, p.W12)(SFEM, 9/26/99, p.12)

1939        Jun 6, Marian Wright Edelman, first African-American woman to be admitted to the Mississippi Bar, was born. She was the founder of the Children's Defense Fund. 
    (HN, 6/6/00)

1939        In Jackson the weekly Advocate newspaper, a news source for black residents, was founded.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A4)

1940        Apr 23, Some 200 people died in a fire at the Rhythm Night Club in Natchez, Miss.
    (AP, 4/23/08)

1941        Aug 31, Alan Lomax, musicologist for the US Library of Congress, traveled to Mississippi, introduced himself to McKinley Morganfield, aka Muddy Waters, and began recording his Delta Blues songs.
    (ON, 8/20/11, p.4)

1943        Jan 23, In Mississippi Muddy Waters received two copies of “Country Blues," recorded by Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress, along with a check for $20.
    (ON, 8/20/11, p.5)

1943        Tammy Wynette (d.1998 at 55), country singer, was born as Virginia Wynette Pugh on a cotton farm in Itawamba County. In 1968 she recorded her hit song “Stand by Your Man."
    (SFC, 4/798, p.A7)

1946        Dec 25, Jimmy Buffett, singer and writer, was born in Pascagoula. He recorded “Margaritaville" in 1977.
    (SSFC, 4/28/02, Par p.22)

1947        Early Wright (d.1999 at 84) became the first black disc jockey in Mississippi at WROX Radio in Clarksdale.
    (SFC, 12/15/99, p.B2)

1954        Jan 29, Oprah Winfrey, actress, TV host (Color Purple, Oprah), was born in Mississippi.
    (MC, 1/29/02)

1954        May 17, Blacks hailed the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka decision. Whites in the Deep South called the day "Black Monday." A movement called Citizens’ Councils, led by Mississippi Circuit Court Judge Tom P. Brady, grew to encompass virtually the state's entire white business class. Council members published a book entitled “Black Monday" which outlined their simple beliefs: African Americans were inferior to whites and the races must remain separate. "If in one mighty voice we do not protest this travesty on justice, we might as well surrender," Brady wrote.
    (www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/till/peopleevents/e_councils.html)(MT, summer 2003, p.19)

1954        Jul 25, Walter Payton, Chicago Bear football running back, was born in Columbia, Miss.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Payton)

1955        Mar 5, A truck driver from Tupelo, Miss., made his first-ever TV appearance on this night. Elvis Aron Presley was featured on "Louisiana Hayride". This prompted promoters to send Elvis to New York City to audition for Arthur Godfrey's immensely popular and career-making "Talent Scouts" program. Talent coordinators and Godfrey are said to have passed on Elvis appearing on the show. Not much later, he was tossed out of the Grand Ole Opry as well, and told to "go back to driving a truck." In a little over a year, however, the nation was caught up in Presley-mania which continues even today.
    (www.imdb.com/title/tt1087605/)(www.scottymoore.net/tourdates50s.html)

1955        Aug 28, Emmett Till (14), a black teenager from Chicago, was abducted from his uncle's home in Money, Miss., by white men after he had supposedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. Till’s beaten body was found three days later. His left eye and an ear were missing, as were most of his teeth. His nose was rushed and there was a hole in his right temple. Eyewitnesses linked Carolyn’s husband Roy Bryant and half-brother J.W. Milam to the murder. Bryant and Milam were indicted Sep 10 for a trial on Sep 19. Both were acquitted by an all-white jury. Bryant and Milan later confessed to the killing in a magazine interview. The area was a cotton-trading center where the white Citizens Councils maintained their regional headquarters. In 2004 the US Justice Dept. opened a criminal investigation into the case. In 2005 the US Senate acknowledged a share in the boy’s death.
    (AP, 8/28/99)(SFC, 5/11/04, p.A4)(SFC, 6/14/05, p.A2)(SFC, 9/9/05, p.F5)(SFC, 3/17/06, p.A5)(SFC, 7/25/13, p.A20)

1955        The father of serial killer Gerald Gallego died in the gas chamber for killing 2 law enforcement officials. Gerald Gallego was convicted for ten murders committed between 1978-1980.
    (SFC,10/28/97, p.A17)

1956        Apr 18, Eric Roberts, actor (Pope of Greenwich Village, King of Gypsies), was born in Miss.
    (MC, 4/18/02)

1956        Dr. Arthur Guyton (d.2003 at 83) of the Univ. of Mississippi authored his “Textbook of Physiology."
    (SFC, 4/16/03, p.A20)

1957        Mississippi created the Sovereignty Commission to fight against the Civil Rights movement. It informed the police about planned marches and encouraged police harassment of African-Americans who cooperated with civil rights groups.
    (WSJ, 6/11/99, p.A8)

1958        Sep 6, Miss Mississippi Mary Ann Mobley was crowned Miss America 1959 in Atlantic City, N.J.
    (AP, 9/6/08)

1961        May 24, The Freedom Riders were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi.
    (HN, 5/24/98)

1961        Sep 20, James Meredith was refused access as a student in Mississippi. [see Sep 20 1962]
    (MC, 9/20/01)

1961        Nov 29, Freedom Riders were attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss.
    (MC, 11/29/01)

1962            Jul 6, William Cuthbert Faulkner (b.1897), US writer (Nobel 1949), died in Oxford, Miss. In 2004 Jay Parini authored “One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner."
    (WSJ, 10/28/04, p.A1)(www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/ms-writers/dir/faulkner_william/)

1962        Sep 20, Black student James Meredith was blocked from enrolling at the University of Mississippi by Governor Ross R. Barnett. Meredith was later admitted. A Life Magazine photograph around this time showed 7 sheriffs gathered at Ole Miss to keep Meredith out. In 2003 Paul Hendrickson authored “Sons of Mississippi: A Story of Race and Its Legacy," in which he uncovered the lives of the 7 sheriffs.
    (AP, 9/20/97)(SSFC, 4/6/03, p.M1)

1962        Sep 24, US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered James Meredith admitted to the Univ. of Miss. The University of Mississippi agreed to admit James Meredith as the first black university student, sparking more rioting.
    (HN, 9/24/98)(MC, 9/24/01)

1962        Sep 30, Black student James Meredith succeeded on his fourth try in registering for classes at the University of Mississippi. He became the first black to enroll at Old Miss Univ. and 13,500 Federal troops were required to back him up. U.S. Marshals escorted James H. Meredith into the University of Mississippi; two died in the mob violence that followed. Meredith was also noted for starting the "March Against Fear" to encourage voter registration by Southern African Americans. While on the march he was hit with a snipers bullet. Other Civil Rights leaders including MLK continued the march. Meredith was able to complete the march in Jackson, Mississippi.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1962)(AP, 9/30/97)(HN, 9/30/98)

1962        Oct 1, James Meredith became 1st black at U of Mississippi. [see Sep 30]
    (MC, 10/1/01)

1963        Jun 12, Medgar Evers (37), leader (field director) of the NAACP in Mississippi, was fatally shot in front of his home in Jackson by the KKK. An informant in the KKK, Delmar Dennis (1940-1996), later served as a key prosecution witness in convicting Byron De La Beckwith for the slaying. Beckwith was convicted of murdering Evers and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001 at age 80. A book by Bill McIlhany titled “Klandestine" recounts the story. In 1996 Whoopi Goldberg starred in the film “Ghosts of Mississippi" as the widow of Medgar Evers. In 1998 Willie Morris wrote “The Ghosts of Medgar Evers: A Tale of Race, Murder, Mississippi, and Hollywood."
    (SFC, 6/5/96, p.C5)(NYT, 6/7/96, p.B14)(AP, 6/12/97)(SFEC, 2/1/98, BR p.5)(SFC, 1/22/01, p.A22)

1963        Jul 22, John C. Satterfield, a litigator from Yazoo City selected to lead the Coordinating Committee for Fundamental American Freedoms, received the first private contribution to its lobby, a $10,000 check from Morgan Guarantee drawn on the account of Wickliffe Preston Draper of NY.
    (WSJ, 6/11/99, p.A8)

1963        Aug 18, James Meredith became the first black to graduate from the University of Mississippi.
    (AP, 8/18/97)(HN, 8/18/98)

1963        Sep 12, The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, an agency created to fight the civil rights movement, received a telegram from Morgan Guarantee Trust concerning an anonymous gift for $100,000. The gift was later discovered to be from Wickliffe Preston Draper of New York.
    (WSJ, 6/11/99, p.A1)

1963        Ralph Roberts, former marketer of Muzak and owner of a belts and suspenders company, and his partners, Daniel Aaron and Julian A. Brodsky, purchased for $500,000, a 1,200-subscriber cable TV operator in Tupelo, Mississippi, called American Cable Systems. In 1969 it was incorporated in Pennsylvania and renamed Comcast, a name Ralph invented by combining the words communications and broadcasting. The company went public in 1972.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_J._Roberts)(SSFC, 2/15/04, p.I6)

1864        Feb 5, Federal forces occupied Jackson, Miss.
    (HN, 2/5/99)

1964        May 2, In Mississippi Charles Moore (19) and Henry Dee (19) were beaten and killed by local members of the Ku Klux Klan. Their mutilated bodies were later found in the Mississippi River while federal authorities searched for civil rights workers Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner. Charles Marcus Edwards and James Ford Seale were arrested for the crime, but neither was tried. In 2007 James Ford Seale (71) was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping and one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. In 2008 an appeals court ruled that the statue of limitations had expired overturning Seale’s conviction.
    (SFC, 7/15/05, p.A5)(AP, 1/25/07)(AP, 1/26/07)(www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26633038/)

1964        Jun, Some 700 young Americans began descending on Mississippi to teach in “freedom schools" and register black voters. In 2010 Bruce Watson authored “Freedom Summer: The Savage Season that made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy."
    (Econ, 6/12/10, p.92)

1964        Jun 21, Civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney disappeared in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam six weeks later.
    (AP, 6/21/97)

1964        Jun 21, Byron de la Beckwith was arrested for the murder of Medgar Evers. He was found guilty 30 years later.
    (MC, 6/21/02)
1964        Jun 21, Three young civil rights workers, Andrew Goodman 20, Michael Schwerner 24, and James Chaney 21, disappeared near Meridian, Mississippi. Their car was found burning late in the day. 40 days later their bodies were found buried in an earthen dam near Philadelphia, Miss. 8 Klansman went to prison on federal conspiracy charges but none served more than 6 years, and murder charges were never filed. The event inspired the 1988 film Mississippi Burning. In 2005 Edgar Ray Killen (80) was arrested in Philadelphia, Miss., and convicted of manslaughter in the abduction and killing of the 3 voter-registration volunteers. He was sentenced to three 20-year terms. Billy Wayne Posey (73), a key suspect in the killings, died in 2009.
    (SFEC, 2/16/97, p.A12)(AP, 6/21/97)(HN, 6/21/01)(SFC, 6/22/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A1)(SSFC, 8/16/09, p.A9)

1964        Jun 25, President Lyndon Johnson ordered 200 naval personnel to Mississippi to assist in finding three missing civil rights workers.
    (HN, 6/25/98)

1964        Aug 4, The bodies of missing civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were found buried in an earthen dam in Nashoba County, Mississippi. Schwerner and Goodman were Jewish-Americans from Pelham and New York City respectively and Chaney was a Black from Meridian, Mississippi. The three civil rights workers had disappeared from Philadelphia, Mississippi, on June 21, 1964, not long after they had been held for six hours in the Neshoba County, Mississippi jail on charges of speeding. Their burned car was discovered on June 23rd,  prompting a search by the FBI for the three young men. Their story became the basis for the movie Mississippi Burning, starring Gene Hackman, Willem Defoe and Frances McDormand in 1988. In 2005, on the forty-first anniversary of the crime, Edgar Ray Killen (80) an ordained Baptist minister, was found guilty of three counts of manslaughter.
    (AP, 8/4/97)(WSJ, 1/16/98, p.A12)

1965        Jan 16, Eighteen were arrested in Mississippi for the murder of three civil rights workers.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1966        Jan 10, In Mississippi Vernon Dahmer, a revered civil rights leader, was killed in a firebombing. In 1998 Klansmen Sam Bowers (1924-2006), Deavours Nix (72) and Charles Noble (55) were arrested for the murder. 8 men in 2 cars loaded with shotguns and 12 gallons of gasoline attacked Dahmer’s home. Billy Roy Pitts participated and later testified how Bowers had called meetings and presided over the planning of the bombing. Bowers was convicted in his 5th trial and sentenced to life in prison where he died.
    (SFC, 5/29/98, p.A5)(SFC, 8/17/98, p.A5)(SFC, 8/20/98, p.A12)(WSJ, 8/24/98, p.A1)

1966        Mar 3, An F5 tornado hit Jackson, Miss. 57 people were killed and nearly 1000 homes destroyed. Damages were estimated at $18 million.
    (SFC, 3/3/09, p.D6)

1966        Jun 6, Black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he  walked solo along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.
    (AP, 6//97)(HN, 6/6/98)

1966        Jun 23, Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi were dispersed by tear gas.
    (HN, 6/23/98)

1966        Ben Chester White (66) was killed with 12 shots from an assault rifle and one shogun blow to the head at Homochito National Forest near Natchez. In 1999 one of the 3 alleged killers said the killing was orchestrated to bring Martin Luther King to the area for assassination. Ernest Henry Avants was acquitted of the killing in 1967. The jury had not been informed that he had confessed. He was arrested again in 2000 by federal prosecutors.
    (SFC, 11/29/99, p.A3)(SFC, 6/8/00, p.A6)

1967        Feb 28, In Mississippi 19 were indicted in the slayings of three civil rights workers in 1964. Samuel H. Bowers and 6 others were convicted on federal charges in 1970. Bowers was released in 1976.
    (HN, 2/28/98)(SFC, 8/18/98, p.A5)

1967        Aug 11,  Roy M. Wheat (20) led a team from Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, providing security for a Navy construction crew on the Liberty Road in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Lance Corporal Roy Wheat accidentally triggered a well-concealed, bounding type anti-personnel mine. He yelled for team members Lance Corporals Vernon Sorenson and Bernard Cannon to run. Then he flung himself onto the mine as it exploded, absorbing the tremendous impact with his body. Roy Wheat was killed, but his companions were spared certain injury and possible. Marine Roy M. Wheat was the only Mississippian to earn the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.
    (HN, 9/19/01)

1967        Oct 20, Seven men were convicted in Meridian, Miss., of violating the civil rights of three murdered civil rights workers.
    (AP, 10/20/97)

1968        Feb 19, Mississippi state troopers used tear gas to stop Alcorn A&M demonstrations.
    (http://tinyurl.com/c5flal)

1969        Aug 17, Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast at Pass Christian, Miss., leaving 256 people killed in Louisiana and Mississippi. 21 people were killed in an apartment complex in Pass Christian, where they had taken refuge. Damage was later estimated at $3.8 billion.
    (AP, 8/17/97)(SFEC, 6/6/99, p.A17)(AP, 8/30/05)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.61)

1970        Apr 12, In Mississippi Rainey Pool, a black one-armed farmer, was beaten and tortured by a mob in Belzoni and his body was dumped off a bridge into the Sunflower River. In 1999 James "Doc" Caston (66), Charles Caston (64) and Hal Crimm (50) were sentenced to 20 years in prison for their part in the killing. Joe Watson pleaded guilty and testified in exchange for a reduced sentence.
    (USAT, 11/18/99, p.3A)

1970        May 15, Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green, two black students at Jackson State University in Mississippi, were killed when police opened fire during student protests.
    (AP, 5/15/97)

1971        Feb 21, A series of tornadoes cut through the lower Mississippi River Valley. The two-day outbreak, which produced 19 tornadoes, killed 123 people across 3 states, including 11 in Louisiana, 110 in Mississippi, and 2 in North Carolina.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mississippi_Valley_tornado_outbreak_of_February_1971)

1971        May 25, Jo Etha Collier (18), a black woman, was killed by 3 drunken white males in Drew, Miss.
    (www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSvcid=54001&GRid=26897581&)

1971        Jun 1, The two-room shack in Tupelo, Mississippi, where Elvis Presley was born, was opened to the public as a tourist attraction.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/jun/18/39)

1971        A 29-year litigation began over a federal and state suit to desegregate Mississippi's public universities. In 2004 a federal appeals court upheld a settlement to allocate $503 million over 17 years  toward balanced integration. Continued litigation was denied.
    (SFC, 1/28/04, p.A3)

1973        Oct, Charles Hickson (42) of Mississippi, while fishing with 19-year-old Calvin Parker Jr. on a pier near Pascagoula, was reportedly abducted and probed by aliens. Hickson died in 2011 and never backed off the story despite the ridicule he endured. In 1983 Hickson wrote a book about the incident called "UFO Contact at Pascagoula" with William Mendez.
    (Reuters, 9/13/11)

1974        Apr 3, A series of 148 deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; some 330 people were killed in 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Total property damage was estimated at $600 million. In 2007 Mark Levine authored “F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century."
    (AP, 4/3/99)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.P10)

c1975        Rev. Don Wildmon of Tupelo founded the National Federation for Decency. It was later renamed the American Family Association.
    (WSJ, 8/14/01, p.A1)

1977        Mar 14, Fannie Lou Hamer (b.1917), Mississippi civil rights champion, died. She had helped register black voters when doing so put her own life in danger. She was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and later became the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.
    (SFC, 10/6/12, p.A5)( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fannie_Lou_Hamer)

1977        Oct 20, Three members of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in the crash of a chartered plane near McComb, Miss.
    (AP, 10/20/97)

1979        The Delta Blues Museum opened in Clarksdale.
    (HT, 5/97, p.38)

1982        Aug 28, LeAnn Rimes, country pop singer, was born in Jackson, Miss.
    (SSFC, 1/23/05, Par p.14)

1983        Bernie Ebbers and other founders worked out the details for starting Long distance Discount Service (LDDS) in Hattiesburg, Miss. The company changed its name to WorldCom in 1995 and merged with MCI in 1997. Ebbers resigned in 2002 and in 2003 WorldCom agreed to pay $500 million to settle civil fraud charges.
    (SFC, 5/20/03, p.B10)

1987        Dec 6, In Missouri 3 Satanist teenagers bludgeoned a comrade to death for "fun."
    (MC, 12/6/01)

1989        May 11, US Federal Judge Walter Nixon (61) of Mississippi was impeached by the House of Representatives. The US Senate voted to remove Nixon from the bench on November 4, 1989. He had been convicted in 1986 on perjury charges and sentenced to five years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/18/08, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/3qfr28)

1990        May 10, Walker Percy (b.1916), Mississippi-raised physician, novelist (Lancelot), died of cancer in Covington, Louisiana. His book "The Moviegoer" was the 1962 winner of the National Book Award." His last book, The Thanatos Syndrome, appeared in 1987.
    (www.olemiss.edu/depts/english/ms-writers/dir/percy_walker/)(WSJ, 3/26/03, p.D8)

1990        The Mississippi Legislature passed the Mississippi Gaming Control Act allowing casinos in counties along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast.
    (SFC, 9/6/05, p.A8)

1991        Rev. Don Wildmon began his American Family Radio network with a station in Tupelo.
    (WSJ, 8/14/01, p.A1)

1992        Dec 7, The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law that required women to get counseling and then wait 24 hours before terminating their pregnancies.
    (AP, 12/7/97)

1992        Kirk Fordice (1934-2004) began serving 2 terms as governor of Mississippi.
    (WSJ, 9/7/04, p.A1)

1992        Casinos began appearing in Tunica, Miss., not long after the state authorized gambling in counties adjacent to the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast. A 12% state tax included 4% for local use.
    (SSFC, 1/11/04, p.A3)

1994        Feb 5, White separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Miss., of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/5/99)

1995        Mar 16, Mississippi formally ratified 13th Amendment and abolished slavery.
    (www.thehistorymakers.com/timeline/index.asp?string=1995)

1995        Oct 14, In Mississippi Rhonda Hatten Griffis (28), a mother of two, was found dead at her home in Petal. Larry Matthew Puckett, a local landscaper, was convicted of her murder in 1996 and sentenced to death. Puckett said it was David Griffis who murdered his wife with the club after accusing her of having an affair. Puckett (35) was executed on March 20, 2012.
    (SFC, 3/21/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/7nsuodd)

1995        Nov 21, In Mississippi Patty Milliken (38) disappeared after walking out of the Majik Mart convenience store where she worked to have a cigarette with William Mitchell in Biloxi. Mitchell was convicted of murder in 1998 and was executed on March 22, 2012.
    (SFC, 3/23/12, p.A7)(http://tinyurl.com/7wbfdsx)

1995        Mississippi voted to ratify the 13th amendment back, nearly 20 years after Kentucky, the second-to-last state to ratify the amendment, held its vote. However, through an apparent clerical error, Mississippi never officially notified the United States Archivist of the ratification, meaning that they've officially been on the side of slavery for a century-and-a-half. In February, 2013, Mississippi finally sent in the paperwork to complete its belated ratification of the Thirteen Amendment.
    (AtlanticWire, 2/18/13)
1995        Mississippi passed a “truth-in-sentencing" law that required all felons to serve 85% of their sentences.
    (WSJ, 9/6/01, p.A8)

1996        Apr 13, Larry Wayne Shoemaker, a white supremacist, shot 11 people and killed one before committing suicide inside an abandoned restaurant in Jackson, Miss. He left behind neo-Nazi notes.

1997        Mar 1, Severe storms hit Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi, and spawned tornadoes in Arkansas blamed for two dozen deaths.
    (AP, 3/1/98)

1997        Jun 3, Harvey Johnson became the first black mayor of Jackson, the state capital. He took his oath of office on Jul 7.
    (SFC, 6/4/97, p.A3)(SFC, 7/8/97, p.A4)

1997        Jul 3, Mississippi became the 1st state to settle its tobacco suit, less than one week before the 1st scheduled trial.
    (http://tinyurl.com/amlhg)

1997        Oct 1, In Pearl, Mississippi, Luke Woodham (16) stabbed his mother Mary (50) to death and went to school and killed his former girlfriend and another student and wounded 7 others. Later Grant Boyette (18) was identified as the leader of the Kroth  cult, a Satanist group with a plan of destruction and killing. Woodham was found guilty in 1998 of killing 2 classmates and was sentenced to 2 life sentences plus 20 years. He was also found guilty in the murder of his mother in a separate trial and the sentence was raised to 3 life sentences plus 140 years.
    (SFC, 10/2/97, p.A3)(SFC, 10/15/97, p.A6)(SFC, 6/2/98, p.A3)(SFC, 6/13/98, p.A3)(AP, 10/1/07)

1997        Dec, Frederick and Steven Barthelme, published authors, were charged with felony conspiracy to defraud the Grand Casino in Gulfport. The charges were later dropped and in 199 they published "Doubledown," reflection on their gambling and losses.
    (WSJ, 11/19/99, p.W6)

1998        Jan 26, In Jackson the weekly Advocate newspaper office was firebombed. The news source for black residents was founded in 1939.
    (SFC, 1/27/98, p.A4)

1998        Mar 17, After a 21-year court fight the state unsealed over 124,000 pages of secret files of the state Sovereignty Commission that revealed numerous illegal methods to thwart the civil rights workers of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
    (SFC, 3/18/98, p.A1)

1998        Apr 8, A line of storms struck the southeast and killed at least 41 people. 32 were left dead in Alabama, 8 in Georgia and 1 in Mississippi.
    (SFC, 4/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/10/98, p.A1)

1999        Aug 2, Willie Morris, writer and editor for Harper's Magazine, died at age 64 in Jackson. His work included "My Dog Skip" "The Courting of Marcus Dupree" and the autobiography "North Toward Home."
    (SFC, 8/4/99, p.C2)

1998        Aug 21, Samuel Bowers, a 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klan leader, was convicted in Hattiesburg, Miss., of ordering a 1966 firebombing that killed civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer. Bowers died in prison in November 2006 at age 82.
    (AP, 8/21/08)

1998        Sep 15-Oct 1, Hurricane Georges caused 602 deaths in the Caribbean and four in the United States. The storm hit the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Antigua, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla and British and U.S. Virgin Islands before striking Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

1999        Nov 2, In elections for governor neither Ronnie Musgrove (43) nor Lt. Gov. Mike Parker won over 50% of the vote and the state constitution dictated that the House of Representatives vote for a winner.
    (SFC, 1/5/00, p.A2)

2000        Jan 4, Democrat Ronnie Musgrove won the House vote for governor.
    (SFC, 1/5/00, p.A2)

2000        Jun 15, Raynard Johnson (17) was found hanging from a tree in his front yard in Kokomo. Investigators ruled it a suicide but there was suspicion that he was hanged for dating white girls. It was later reported that his 17-year-old girlfriend told him that she loved someone else just 2 hours before his death.
    (SFC, 6/28/00, p.A7)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A7)

2000        At Moss Point a chain reaction of collision involved 16 cars, 2 tour buses, and 2-18 wheelers. At least 5 people were killed.
    (SFC, 5/8/00, p.A10)

2001        Feb 24, A tornado in Pontotoc, Mississippi, left 5 people dead.
    (SFC, 2/26/01, p.A3)

2001        Mar 23, Gov. Ronnie Musgrove signed a law that mandated public schools to display “In God We Trust" in classrooms, cafeterias and auditoriums.
    (SFC, 3/24/01, p.C1)

2001        Mar 27, The state legislature committed $75 million over the next 5 years for campus improvements at 3 historically black universities following a long-standing desegregation case.
    (SFC, 3/28/01, p.A5)

2001        Apr 17, Voters decided to keep the Confederate emblem on the state flag by a margin of 65 to 35%.
    (SFC, 4/18/01, p.A3)

2001        cJul 23, Eudora Welty (92), writer, died in Jackson, Miss. Her work included the 1941 collection “A Curtain of Green and Other Stories" and the 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning “The Optimist’s Daughter."
    (WSJ, 7/24/01, p.A1)(SFC, 7/24/01, p.A17)

2001        Nov 10, In Independence manslaughter charges were filed against Christie Rene Greenwood (24), the mother of 6 children (1-9) who died in a house fire after being left alone.
    (SFC, 11/12/01, p.A14)

2001        The state found itself with more prison beds than prisoners and lawmakers wrote legislation that set aside millions for “ghost inmates.’
    (WSJ, 9/6/01, p.A1)

2002        Apr 1, The American Rivers environmental group listed the most endangered US rivers and included the Missouri, Big Sunflower (Mississippi), and Klamath (California) in the top 11.
    (SFC, 4/2/02, p.A3)

2002        Nov 10, A series of pulverizing storms barreled through more than a half-dozen US states including Tennessee, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, killing at least 36 people. More than 100 were injured.
    (SFC, 11/12/02, p.A4)(AP, 11/10/07)

2002        Dec 4, The governor of Mississippi signed legislation capping punitive damage awards at $20 million.
    (WSJ, 12/5/02, p.A1)

2002        Dec 5, Trent Lott, Senate Republican leader from Mississippi, made remarks that supported Sen. Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist platform. The resulting firestorm prompted Lott to resign his leadership position. Strom Thurmond, the oldest and longest-serving senator in history, celebrated his 100th birthday on Capitol Hill.
    (SFC, 12/13/02, p.A4)(AP, 12/5/03)

2002        Dec 20, Trent Lott (61) of Mississippi stepped down as Senate Majority Leader two weeks after igniting a political firestorm with racially charged remarks. Sen. Bill Frist (50), a  Tennessee heart surgeon, was expected to replace him.
    (SFC, 12/20/02, p.A3)(SFC, 12/21/02, p.A1)(AP, 12/20/03)

2002        Dec 19, A tornado in Newton, Mississippi, hit stores and injured at least 50 people. Gov. Musgrove declared a local state of emergency.
    (WSJ, 12/20/02, p.A1)

2003        May, A Nissan factory in Canton, Miss., rolled out its 1st car. Mississippi had lured in Nissan with a $290 million package.
    (Econ, 11/29/03, p.29)

2003        Jul 7, Robbers took $760,000 from a casino in Tunica, Miss.
    (SSFC, 1/11/04, p.A3)

2003        Jul 8, In Meridian, Miss., Doug Williams (48), a white factory worker known as a racist who talked about murdering others opened fire with a shotgun and a rifle at a Lockheed Martin plant, killing four blacks and one white before committing suicide.
    (AP, 7/8/03)(SFC, 7/9/03, p.A6)

2003        Oct 1, A robber, dubbed the "Honey Bun Bandit," struck the Grand Casino in Tunica, Miss., with a fake bomb in a box containing honey buns.
    (SSFC, 1/11/04, p.A3)

2003        Oct 6, A fire in Yazoo City, Miss., left 5 children (1½-10) dead. Their mothers were at a nightclub.
    (SFC, 10/7/03, p.A1)

2003        Nov 4, Republicans picked up two governorships in the South. Haley Barbour ousted Mississippi's Democratic incumbent Ronnie Musgrove.
    (AP, 11/5/03)(SFC, 11/5/03, p.A16)

2003        Casinos in the Mississippi Delta reported 16 robberies and 7 botched tries at its 9 casinos. Gambling brought in an annual $1.1 billion to the state.
    (SSFC, 1/11/04, p.A3)

2004        Jan 13, Haley Barbour was sworn in as the 63rd governor of Mississippi. He became the 2nd Republican governor to hold office since post Civil War Reconstruction.
    (SFC, 1/14/04, p.A3)

2004        Mar 12, A dam break at Big Bay Lake caused flooding in Mississippi's Lamar and Marion counties. Over 50 houses and mobile homes were destroyed.
    (USAT, 3/23/04, p.11A)

2004        May 8, Former Iraq hostage Thomas Hamill returned home to a chorus of cheering family and friends in Mississippi.
    (AP, 5/8/05)

2004        Jun 16, Gov. Barbour of Mississippi singed a law capping jury awards in most lawsuits.
    (WSJ, 6/17/04, p.A1)

2004        Aug 27, A fire at a University of Mississippi fraternity house killed 3 students.
    (AP, 8/27/05)

2004        Sep 7, Kirk Fordice (70), former Mississippi Gov. (1992-2000) died in Jackson, Miss.
    (AP, 9/7/05)

2004        Sep 17, The violent remains of Hurricane Ivan pounded a large swath of the eastern United States, drenching an area from Georgia to Ohio. Ivan left 70 dead in the Caribbean and 40 dead in the US including 4 in Alabama, 16 in Florida, 4 in Georgia, 4 in Louisiana, 3 in Mississippi, and 8 in North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A16)

2004        It was reported that McDonald County, Miss., home to 13 million broiler chickens and a few hundred thousand turkeys, had every stream on a government “impaired water body" list.
    (SSFC, 8/8/04, p.M2)

2005        Jan 6, Edgar Ray Killen (b.1925) was arrested in Philadelphia, Miss., as a suspect in the 1964 abduction and killing of 3 voter-registration volunteers. He was found guilty on June 21, 2005, the 41st anniversary of the murders, along with Cecil Price (deputy sheriff of Neshoba at the time), of three counts of manslaughter and gathering the group of men who hunted down and killed two Jewish New Yorkers: Andrew Goodman (20) and Michael Schwerner (24), and one black Mississippian,  James Chaney (21).
    (SFC, 1/7/05, p.A1)(www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/06/21/mississippi.killings/)

2005        Jun 23, Former Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced to 60 years in prison for the 1964 Mississippi slayings of three civil rights workers.
    (AP, 6/23/06)

2005        Jul 10, In Mississippi 2 Canadian National Railroad freight trains collided outside Bentonia and 4 crewmen were killed.
    (WSJ, 7/11/05, p.A1)

2005        Aug 29, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., as a Category 3 storm. Katrina ripped two holes in the curved roof of the Louisiana Superdome, letting in rain as thousands of storm refugees huddled inside. In Mississippi many of the 13 floating casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport smashed historic homes and buildings. The Grand Casino Biloxi destroyed the historic Hotel Tivoli. Storm surges and winds from Katrina unleashed at least 40 oil spills and some 193,000 barrels of oil and other petrochemicals were driven across fragile marshy ecosystems southeast of New Orleans. The death toll from Katrina eventually reached at least 1,600. An estimated 300 Louisiana residents died out of state; some 230 people perished in Mississippi. Property damage estimates were in the hundreds of billions of dollars.
    (SFC, 9/6/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 9/23/05, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/21/06, p.A1)(AP, 8/29/06)(Econ, 9/6/08, p.36)

2005        Aug 30, The death toll in Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina passed 100. Flooding reached 11 feet in Mobile, Ala. Breaches in at least 2 levees from Lake Pontchartrain put parts of New Orleans under 20 feet of water. Mayor Ray Nagin estimated that 80% of New Orleans was flooded. Tourists snapped pictures of looters in the French Quarter.
    (AP, 8/30/05)(SFC, 8/31/05, p.A10)

2005        Sep 2, Pres. Bush made a tour of damages from Hurricane Katrina in Alabama, Mississippi and New Orleans. He acknowledged that current relief results were not acceptable.
    (SFC, 9/3/05, p.A1)

2005        Dec 14, In Mississippi John B. Nixon, Sr. (b.1928) was executed for the 1985 murder of Virginia Tucker. At 77 years old, he was the oldest person executed since 1976 and, according to the Espy File the oldest person executed since Joe Lee in Virginia at the age of 83 on April 21, 1916.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Nixon,_Sr.)

2005        A US Census Bureau survey showed that Mississippi had America’s highest poverty rate at 21.3%. The national average was 13.3%.
    (Econ, 1/6/07, p.27)

2006        Jun 15, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour launched a Healthy Mississippi Summit to help fight obesity.
    (Econ, 6/24/06, p.40)

2006        Sep 15, In Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Frank Melton was indicted along with 2 police bodyguards on numerous felony charges stemming from his crime-fighting tactics.
    (SFC, 9/16/06, p.A3)

2007        Feb 23, A Mississippi grand jury refused to bring any new charges in the 1955 slaying of Emmett Till, a black teenager who was beaten and shot after whistling at a white woman, declining to indict the woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, for manslaughter. Democrat Tom Vilsack abandoned his bid for the presidency.
    (AP, 2/23/08)

2007        Jun 14, In Mississippi Klansman James Ford Seale (71) was convicted on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 deaths of Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee. Seale faced life in prison with sentencing on Aug 24.
    (AP, 6/15/07)

2007        Jul 10, Doug Marlette (57), Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and writer, died in a car accident near Holly Springs, Mississippi.
    (SFC, 7/11/07, p.B5)(AP, 7/10/08)

2007        Aug 24, In Mississippi Klansman James Ford Seale (71) was sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for his role in the 1964 deaths of Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee.
    (WSJ, 8/25/07, p.A1)

2007        Oct 30,     The US Supreme Court halted a Mississippi execution, their 3rd reprieve since agreeing to rule on Kentucky’s lethal injection procedure.
    (WSJ, 10/31/07, p.A1)

2007        Nov 26, Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in Congress.
    (AP, 11/26/08)

2008        Jan 7, Jerry Fitch, a Mississippi businessman, must pay more than 750,000 dollars in damages to the man whose wife he wooed away, after the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in the case.
    (AFP, 1/7/08)

2008        Feb 5, Storms swept across Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas as Super Tuesday primaries were ending. 31 people were killed in Tennessee, 13 in Arkansas, 7 in Kentucky and four in Alabama. It was one of the 15 worst tornado death tolls since 1950, and the nation's deadliest barrage of tornadoes since 76 people were killed in Pennsylvania and Ohio on May 31, 1985.
    (AP, 2/6/08)(AP, 2/7/08)

2008        Mar 11, Sen. Barack Obama picked up five more delegates than Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in Mississippi's Democratic primary.
    (AP, 3/12/08)

2008        Mar 14, In Mississippi Richard Scruggs, chief architect of the $206 billion tobacco settlement in 1998, pleaded guilty to conspiring to bribe a judge with $50,000 in a dispute over legal fees.
    (SFC, 3/15/08, p.A2)

2008        Aug 25, US immigration agents uncovered some 350 suspected undocumented workers in a raid on the Howard Industries electrical equipment plant in Laurel, Mississippi.
    (SFC, 8/26/08, p.A4)

2009        Jan 7, A new federal report said Mississippi now has the nation's highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing Texas and New Mexico for that lamentable title.
    (AP, 1/7/09)

2009        May 7, In Mississippi Jackson Mayor Frank Melton (60), elected in 2005, died just as polls closed in his unsuccessful bid for re-election.
    (SFC, 5/8/09, p.B6)

2009        Dec 28, In Mississippi a fire in an apartment in Starkville killed 6 children and 3 adults.
    (SFC, 12/29/09, p.A8)

2010        Jan 4, Bobby DeLaughter (55), a former Mississippi prosecutor and judge whose legal conquests became the subject of books and a movie, reported to federal prison for lying to the FBI in a judicial bribery investigation. DeLaughter was sentenced to 18 months in November after pleading guilty to lying about secret conversations he had with a lawyer while presiding over a dispute between wealthy attorneys over legal fees. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dropped conspiracy and mail fraud charges.
    (AP, 1/4/10)

2010        Jan 8, Lashonda Booker, a former Federal Emergency Management employee and her cousin, Peggy, Hilton were charged with stealing over $721,000 in Hurricane Katrina relief money. Booker worked in FEMA’s Biloxi, Miss., office.
    (SFC, 1/12/10, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/yer5crg)

2010        Jan 17, In Hoover, Alabama, a fire at a Days Inn motel killed 4 college students from Mississippi Univ. for Women in Columbus, Miss.
    (SFC, 1/18/10, p.A6)

2010        Apr 21, In Mississippi Richard Barrett (67), a white supremacist lawyer, was fatally stabbed and beaten at his home in Pearl. The next morning the house was set on fire and Vincent McGee (22), a black neighbor, was charged with murder. On April 23 three others were charged with accessories after the fact and arson. In 1966 Barrett had founded a supremacist group called the Nationalist Movement, but it never amounted to much.
    (SFC, 4/24/10, p.A7)

2010        Apr 24, In Mississippi a devastating tornado sliced through the state killing 10 people including 3 children. Tornadoes also were reported in Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama with 2 deaths in Alabama.
    (AP, 4/25/10)(AP, 4/26/10)

2010        May 2, In Tennessee more rain and storms loomed as emergency officials coped with evacuations and closed roads from heavy flooding that claimed five lives. Weekend thunderstorms killed at least 31 people with 19 dead in Tennessee, 6 in Mississippi and 6 in Kentucky. More than 13 inches of rain fell in Nashville over two days, nearly doubling the previous record of 6.68 inches that fell in the wake of Hurricane Fredrick in 1979.
    (AP, 5/2/10)(AP, 5/3/10)(AP, 5/4/10)(SFC, 5/8/10, p.A5)(SSFC, 5/9/10, p.A8)

2010        Jun 17, Toyota said it will restart the delayed construction of its Mississippi plant, which will provide 2,000 jobs and be up and running by the fall of next year.
    (AP, 6/17/10)

2010        Aug 19, Jonathan Lee of Ridgeland, Mississippi, returned from an 8-day visit to North Korea during which he was taken on a tour of the DMZ. He said officials there welcomed his idea for a "children's peace forest" in the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea, although they said it would only happen if the countries signed a peace treaty first.
    (AP, 8/19/10)

2011        Feb 8, In Mississippi a tractor-trailer sideswiped a school bus and collided head on with another school bus south of Oxford. 3 people were killed and at least 10 students were injured.
    (SFC, 2/9/11, p.A5)

2011        Apr 15, Storms marched into Tennessee, Louisiana and later into Georgia. At least three twisters touched down in Mississippi, where a state of emergency was declared in 14 counties, causing widespread damage.
    (AP, 4/16/11)

2011        Apr 17, A furious storm system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as softballs has left at least 45 people dead on a rampage that stretched for days as it barreled from Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia. 11 people were confirmed dead in Bertie County, NC, bringing the state's death toll to at least 18 people. Authorities have said 7 died in Arkansas; 7 in Alabama; 2 in Oklahoma; one in Mississippi and at least 5 in Virginia.
    (AP, 4/17/11)(AP, 4/18/11)

2011        Apr 27, The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported three storm-related deaths overnight from severe weather that damaged homes, downed trees and power lines and sparked flash flooding in at least 23 counties across the state.
    (Reuters, 4/27/11)
2011        Apr 27, Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 350 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years. Alabama had 254 deaths, 34 in Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, 8 in Arkansas, 5 in Virginia and one in Kentucky.
    (AP, 4/28/11)(AP, 4/29/11)(AFP, 4/30/11)

2011        Apr 28, Pres. Obama declared a major disaster in Alabama. Declarations for Mississippi followed on Apr 29,  Georgia on Apr 30, and soon followed for Tennessee and Arkansas.
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.28)

2011        May 4, President Barack Obama declared parts of Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee as disaster areas due to flooding, freeing up federal aid to help those affected.
    (Reuters, 5/5/11)

2011        May 10, The Mississippi River crested at Memphis, Tenn., at nearly 48 feet, just inches short of the 48.7 feet record set in 1937. Vicksburg was forecast to see its highest river level ever, slightly above the 56.2-feet mark set in 1927. Farther south in Natchez, forecasters said the 1937 record could be shattered by 4 feet on May 14.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3mg3szx)(AP, 5/11/11)

2011        May 18, In the Gulf of Mexico off the Mississippi coast the Eurus London, a 660-foot commercial cargo boat, and the Sandy Point, a 163-foot fishing boat, collided about eight miles south of Gulfport between Cat Island and Ship Island around 8:50 p.m. The Sandy Point sank after the collision with 16 people aboard. 3 Sandy Point crew members drowned in the accident.
    (AP, 5/19/11)(AP, 5/23/11)

2011        May 19, The Mississippi River crested at over 14 feet above flood stage in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooding left one man dead.
    (SFC, 5/20/11, p.A6)

2011        Jun 8, At Camp Shelby, a military training base in southern Mississippi, a lightning strike hit a power pole, near the tents of Air Force Reserve cadets. Nobody was hit directly, but 77 cadets were sent to the hospital as a precaution. 
            (AP, 6/8/11)

2011        Jun 26, In Mississippi James Craig Anderson (49), a black man, was run over a killed by Deryl Dedmon, a white teenager, in a pickup truck in Jackson. The event fueled anger and an FBI investigation after a surveillance tape of the incident was made public. Dedmon was later charged with capital murder. On March 21, 2012, Dedmon pleaded guilty received two concurrent life sentences for the racially motivated murder of Anderson. On Feb 10, 2015, Dedmon was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison, Rice to 18.5 years and Butler to 7 years.
    (SFC, 8/18/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/20/11, p.A6)(Reuters, 3/21/12)(SFC, 2/11/15, p.A6)

2011        Nov 16, At least six people were killed and dozens more injured as a storm system that spawned several possible tornadoes moved across the Southeast. Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and South Carolina.
    (AP, 11/17/11)

2012        Jan 8, In Mississippi 4 convicted killers were released from prison following reprieves of 198 inmates by outgoing Gov. Haley Barbour. Only 26 of those pardoned were still in prison. On march 8, 2012, the state Supreme Court upheld the pardons.  
    (SFC, 1/10/12, p.A5)(SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)(Econ, 1/21/12, p.36)(SFC, 3/9/12, p.A6)

2012        Jan 11, A Mississippi judge temporarily blocked the release of 21 inmates who had been given pardons or medical release by Gov. Barbour.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)

2012        Mar 13, Republican presidential primaries were held in Alabama and Mississippi. Rick Santorum won both state. Newt Gingrich placed second in both contests with narrow leads over Mitt Romney.
    (SFC, 3/14/12, p.A6)

2012        May 7, In Guntown, Mississippi, the FBI identified two bodies found in a home associated with Adam Mayes (35), as Jo Ann Bain and her 14-year-old daughter, Adrienne Bain. Mayes has been charged in Tennessee with abducting Bain and her 3 daughters (8,12,14), last seen on Aril 27. Mayes shot himself in the head on May 10 as authorities found him in New Albany, Miss. The two Bain younger girls were safely recovered.
    (AFP, 5/7/12)(AP, 5/10/12)

2012        May 21, In Natchez, Mississippi, a gang fight at the privately Adams County Correctional Center for illegal immigrants escalated into a riot involving as many as 300 inmates. One guard was beaten to death.
    (SFC, 5/22/12, p.A6)

2012        Jun 5, Mississippi executed Henry “Curtis" Jackson, convicted of killing 4 young nieces and nephews in a 1990 stabbing rampage.
    (SFC, 6/6/12, p.A5)

2012        Jun 7, The US Library of Congress named Natasha Trethewey, Mississippi’s top poet, as the nations poet laureate.
    (SFC, 6/7/12, p.A9)

2012        Jul 1, A US federal judge temporarily blocked Mississippi from enforcing a new law that requires doctors who perform abortions at the state's sole abortion clinic to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The Mississippi legislation, signed by Rep. Gov. Phil Bryant in April, was due to go into effect today. Abortion clinic doctors had applied to 7 area hospitals for admitting privileges.
    (SFC, 6/23/12, p.A5)(Reuters, 7/1/12)

2012        Nov 16, The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a "heads up" directive putting officials on alert for an increase in human interaction with dolphins in the waters across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Authorities were investigating several attacks on dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico after some were found with gunshot wounds, cuts and missing jaws.
    (AP, 11/17/12)

2012        Dec 28, In Mississippi an SUV crashed into a creek in Neshoba County killing 5 children and one adult. Driver Duane John (34) was later charged with with 6 counts of DUI manslaughter.
    (SFC, 1/2/13, p.A5)

2013        Jan 27, A barge laden with 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge in Vicksburg, Miss., spilling light crude into the Mississippi River and closing the waterway for miles each way. A second barge was damaged.
    (AP, 1/28/13)

2013        Feb 26, In Mississippi the body of Marco McMillian (34), a mayoral candidate in Clarksdale, was found beaten and burned. Lawrence Reed (22) was later charged with the murder.
    (SFC, 2/5/13, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/bacbhaw)

2013        Mar 30, In Mississippi nearly 50 people were arrested at a dogfight in Benton County following a months-long investigation.
    (SFC, 4/2/13, p.A4)

2013        Apr 4, In Jackson, Mississippi, murder suspect Jerey Powell (23) attacked Detective Eric Smith (40) during questioning, wrestled a gun away, then shot and killed Smith before killing himself.
    (SFC, 4/6/13, p.A4)

2013        Apr 11, A spring storm left 3 people dead in the Midwest US. One person died following a tornado in Kemper County, Mississippi, and another in blinding snow in Nebraska.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A7)(SFC, 4/13/13, p.A6)

2013        Apr 16, A letter was intercepted in Maryland, postmarked from Memphis and mailed to Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker's DC office. It contained the toxic substance ricin, forcing the temporary closure of a Senate post office and prompting a federal investigation. The next day FBI agents detained Paul Kevin Curtis at his home in Corinth, Miss.
    (The Ticket, 4/17/13)

2013        Apr 23, Paul Kevin Curtis, the Mississippi man charged with sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a US senator and a state judge, was released from jail. The reason for the release wasn't immediately clear. Focus shifted to Everett Dutschke, a longtime foe of Curtis in Tupelo.
    (AP, 4/24/13)(SFC, 4/25/13, p.A5)

2013        Apr 27, The FBI arrested Everett Dutschke (41) at his Tupelo, Miss., home in connection with poisoned letters sent to the president and others.
    (AP, 4/27/13)

2013        Jun 10, BP PLC said the Coast Guard has concluded cleanup operations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida from the April  2010 oil well blowout. Work continued along 84 miles of Louisiana’s shoreline.
    (SFC, 6/11/13, p.A4)

2013        Jul 1, In Mississippi it became legal to make beer at home. Home brewing remained illegal in the state’s dry counties.
    (Econ, 7/20/13, p.29)

2013        Dec 21, At least two people were killed as wild storms and suspected tornadoes tore through parts of Mississippi and Arkansas.
    (Reuters, 12/21/13)

2013        Dec 23, In Mississippi a bank robber killed Tupelo police officer Kevin Stauffer (38) and injured another as he escaped. In Dec 28 Arizona police in Phoenix shot and killed Mario Edward Garnett (40) following an attempted bank robbery. He is believed to be the same man accused in the Dec 23 killing of Tupelo police officer Kevin Stauffer. 
    (SFC, 12/25/13, p.A7)(SFC, 12/30/13, p.A6)

2014        Jan 28, A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the US South, prompting schools to close, airlines to cancel flights and emergency officials to warn of icy roads. Forecasters predicted 1 to 2 inches of snow in parts of middle and north Georgia including the Atlanta area, prompting dozens of school closings. In Mississippi 4 people were killed in a fire in a mobile home blamed on a faulty space heater.
    (Reuters, 1/28/14)(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A8)

2014        Apr 3, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It banned the state government from limiting the free practice of religion effective July 1.
    (SFC, 4/26/14, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/lf9kcnu)

2014        Apr 28, One of several twisters to tear across Mississippi struck Tupelo, damaging hundreds of homes and businesses, downing power lines and shredding trees. At least one person was killed in Tupelo. 6 people were killed in Winston County, Miss. The storm system later pushed into parts of Alabama, where at least 2 people were killed at a trailer park near Athens. At least 9 people were killed in the Louisville area of Kentucky.
    (Reuters, 4/29/14)(SFC, 4/29/14, p.A6)(SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)

2014        Jun 27, In Mississippi attorney and Tea Party official Mark Mayfield committed suicide after facing charges for taking photos of US Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife inside a nursing home.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A5)

2014        Jul 29, A US federal appellate court overturned Mississippi’s effort to close the last abortion clinic in the state.
    (SFC, 7/30/14, p.A5)

2014        Dec 19, Google sued to block what it calls overly broad demands by Mississippi in its investigation of online contraband sales, after accusing the state’s attorney general of doing Hollywood’s bidding.
    (SFC, 12/20/14, p.D1)

2014        Dec 23, In Mississippi 4 people were killed after tornadoes tore through the region.
    (AFP, 12/23/14)(SFC, 12/26/14, p.A11)

2015        Feb, A US jury awarded Sony Sulekha and four others $14 million in damages against Signal Int’l. Shipyard in Mississippi. He and some 500 other Indians had paid at least $10,000 in 2005 to work for Signal expecting jobs and a green card. Instead they labored in inhumane conditions with highly restricted work permits. This was the largest human trafficking ever brought in America.
    (Econ., 3/14/15, p.61)

2015        Mar 13, In Mississippi two people were killed and 3 left injured in Brookhaven early today. Jimmy Lyons (32) reportedly opened fire on a family he lived with leaving Jermaine Sims (31) and a daughter (9) dead.
    (SSFC, 3/15/15, p.A11)

2015        Mar 19, In Mississippi Otis Byrd, a convicted killer, was found hanging by a sheet from a tree about 200 yards behind his house in Claiborne County. His family had reported him, missing over two weeks ago.
    (SFC, 3/21/15, p.A6)

2015        Apr 9, In Mississippi a US District Judge sentenced Farah Adelia Graves to five years in federal prison for her role in a Jackson group that searched for black people to assault. Shelbie Brooke Richards was sentenced to 8 years in prison for her part in the 2011 death of James Craig Anderson, who died after being beaten and run over by a truck in which Graves and Richards were riding.
    (SFC, 4/10/15, p.A6)

2015        May 9, In Mississippi police officers Benjamin Deen (34) and Liquori Tate (25) were shot and taken to a hospital where they were confirmed dead. Brothers Curtis Banks (26) and Marvin Banks (29) were arrested the next day over the killing. Joanie Calloway (22) was also charged with two counts of capital murder. A fourth man, identified as Cornelius Clark, was also arrested in connection with the case and booked on an obstruction of justice charge. Three more people were soon arrested in the case.
    (AFP, 5/10/15)(Reuters, 5/11/15)(SSFC, 5/17/15, p.A8)

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