26 May 2017

The Father of Country Music

26 May 1933  


On this date in 1933...

Favorite son of Mississippi, railroad brakeman, and Father of Country Music, Charles “Jimmie” Rodgers died at the age of 35 from a pulmonary hemorrhage due to tuberculosis while staying at the Taft Hotel in New York City.


Other Years:

  • 1540 - The "Lady of Cofitachequi," held hostage by the Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto’s expedition, escaped Spanish custody with a large quantity of the pearls that de Soto's men took from her village.
  • 1835 - A resolution was passed in Congress stating that Congress had no authority over state slavery laws.
  • 1865 - Confederate General Simon B. Buckner surrendered the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi Department. 
  • 1868 - The Senate impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson ended with his acquittal as the Senate fell one vote short of the two-thirds majority required for conviction on all charges.
  • 1938 - The House Committee on Un-American Activities began searching for subversives in the United States.
  • 1961 - The Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established in Atlanta.
  • 1984 - Tulsa Oklahoma got 13" of rain in 24 hours, 14 people died in the flooding.


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