19 June 2017

The Alabama's Last Fight

19 June 1864  


On this date in 1864...

The most successful warship in American history, the C.S.S. Alabama, suffering from damp and decaying gunpowder, lost a duel with the U.S.S. Kearsarge and sank in the English Channel off Cherbourg, France.


Other Years:

  • 1541 - Spanish Conquistador Hernando de Soto's expedition met the Casqui tribe near present-day Helena, Arkansas and priests with the expedition offered to help with a drought that was ruining Casqui crops. After a large cross was erected and prayers offered, it began to rain. The Casqui became staunch allies of the Spanish.
  • 1767 - The Governor of Louisiana issued an order recognizing the Chitimacha tribe and instructs the commander at Fort Manchac to treat them with all due respect.
  • 1865 - Federal General Gordon Granger disobeyed orders and illegally declared all slaves in Texas free, giving rise to the "Juneteenth" celebration.
  • 1964 - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved after surviving an 83-day filibuster in the United States Senate.
  • 1987 - In its Edwards v. Aguillard decision, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that a Louisiana Law requiring the teaching of Creation Science as a counterpoint to evolution was unconstitutional.


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