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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Grab Bag
Today I found a number of interesting events, so I thought I'd share a few of them.

Since we only have two more days to go in Black History Month, I thought I'd share this little gem.
In 1859 (one source says it was on this date, other sources just say it happened during this month), the Arkansas Legislature ordered all free negroes to either leave the state by the end of the year or become slaves. What a choice!

Looking ahead to next month, which is Women's History Month, here's another little gem.
On this day in 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the 19th Amendment to the Constitution valid. The amendment, which gave women the right to vote, had been challenged in the case of Leser v. Garnett.

Last Tuesday was Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. Most people have heard of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, and New Orleans' fantastic celebration. But, did you know that Mardi Gras was celebrated on this day in Mobile, AL in 1703? Me, neither. And, that was years before New Orleans got in on the act.

This Day in History: On this day in what year was Mardi Gras first celebrated in New Orleans?


Blogger robynl said...
New Orleans has celebrated Mardi Gras since 1837.

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
According to some of the histories that I've read, Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans since 1827, but the first parade wasn't held until 1837. So, Robyn, you get today's right answer!

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