8 July 1863
On this date in 1863...
The last Confederate garrison on the Mississippi River at thestronghold of Port Hudson, Louisiana surrendered to federal troops after learning of the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi and ending the longest siege on American soil.
- 1797 - William Blount of Tennessee became the first U.S. Senator to be expelled by impeachment.
- 1947 - Radio reports were broadcast that a flying saucer had crashed outside Roswell, New Mexico.
- 1999 - Allen Lee Davis was executed for murder by the state of Florida. It was the last use of the electric chair for capital punishment in Florida.
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