Mississippi matters of fact.
2 (1906) Almost every building between 22nd and 23rd Avenues in Meridian was destroyed when a tornado struck the city.
5 (1846) Robert "Rob" Morris wrote the ritual creating the national fraternal order of the Eastern Star and became a Master Mason while teaching at Mr. Sylvan Academy near Oxford.
11 (1911) Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt spoke to a crowd of about 6,000 in McComb in an effort to inspire support for the building of the Panama Canal.
12 (1884) The nation's first state-supported college for women, now known as the Mississippi University for Women, was established in Columbus.
16 (1912) The state of Mississippi enacted its first Income Tax Law.
22 (1886) Mississippi's first Rhodes scholar, Ebenezer "Ebb" James Ford, who in 1908 carried off Oxford University's highest honors, was born in Columbia.
25 (1861) The Mississippi Convention assembled in Jackson and ratified the "Constitution of the Confederate States of America" by a vote of 78 to 7.
28 (1918) With its seat of government located at Belzoni, Humphreys County, the newest of all the state's 82 counties, was organized.
1 (1938) The Mississippi Legislature officially designated the magnolia as the state tree.
10 (1989) The Hinds County Administrator and Supervisor's Offices became the first county offices in the state to ban smoking, dipping, and the chewing of tobacco.
16 (1865) Hundreds of Vicksburg residents gathered in front of the courthouse when the news was received of President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.
17 (1970) Apollo 13, with astronaut Fred Haise Jr. of Biloxi aboard, returned to earth.
21 (1875) The Mississippi Dental Association was organized in Vicksburg.
22 (1918) John Philip Sousa's band performed in Tupelo.
23 (1966) The first static firing of the Saturn V space vehicle at NASA's Mississippi Test Facility near Bay St. Louis took place.
24 (1899) The Vicksburg Electric Street Railway inaugurated its city trolley car service.