Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.
1861: Despite Missouri being a Union state, the Confederate Congress officially admits it as the 12th confederate state at the urging of Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson, a Southern sympathizer who favored secession. Missouri's Confederate government would be driven into exile from Missouri after losing control of the state and Jackson died a short while later in Arkansas. The secessionist government continued in exile, eventually setting up a legislature in Marshall, Texas, until the end of the war.
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