27 May 2016

Lincoln Goes Nuts

27 May 1863  

On this date in 1863...

An enraged Abraham Lincoln ordered the arrest of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney after Taney issued ex parte Merryman to challenge the authority of the president and the military to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Maryland.

Other Years:

  • 1607 - Virginia settles fought their first significant battle against Indians of the Powhattan Confederation.
  • 1864 - The Battle of Pickett’s Mill, Georgia.
  • 1896 - The Great St. Louis tornado killed more than 1000 people in and around St. Louis, Missouri.
  • 1995 - In Culpeper, Virginia, “Superman” actor Christopher Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down after a fall from his horse in a riding competition.

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