14 December 2016

The Southern Sport

14 December 1947 

On this date in 1947...

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) was founded in Daytona Beach, Florida, finally giving moonshine haulers and hot-rodders a legal way to make a living. 

Other Years:

  • 1703 – A small Carolina militia of 50 men led by Colonel James Moore, and almost 1,000 Creek allies, attacked the Spanish-allied Apalachee Indian village of Ayubale, near modern day Tallahassee. More than 200 Apalachee died in the fighting.
  • 1742: After attacks on settlers in the valley of Virginia, a European militia trapped the Catawba war party on the North Fork of the Potomac River. Numerous Indians, and 8 settlers died in the fighting.
  • 1799 - George Washington died at his home, Mt. Vernon in Virginia.
  • 1819 - Alabama became the 22nd U.S. state.
  • 1903 - Orville Wright made the first attempt at powered flight. The engine stalled during take-off and the plane was damaged in the attempt at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1985 - Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to lead a major American Indian tribe as she formally took office as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

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