During the siege of Vicksburg, Union troops started calling the town this.

  • Cave Town
  • Dugout City
  • Prairie Dog Village
  • The Underground

Today in History: Born on September 17

1709

Samuel Johnson, English lexicographer, essayist, poet and moralist.

1819

Leon Foucault, French physicist.

1827

John Townsend Trowbridge, poet and author of books for boys, wrote the Jack Hazzard and Toby Trafford series.

1839

John Aitken, physician and meteorologist.

1895

John G. Diefenbaker, prime minister of Canada from 1957 to 1963.

1905

Greta Garbo, actress nominated for Oscars for her roles in Anna Christie and Ninotcha.

1908

Viktor Hambardzumyan, a Soviet Armenian scientist who was among the founders of theoretical astrophysics.

1912

Maria de la Cruz, journalist, woman's suffrage advocate; the first woman ever elected to Chile's Senate (1953).

1923

Queen Anne of Romania.

1926

Joe Kubert, comic book artist (Sgt. Rock, Hawkman), inducted into Harvey Awards' Jack Kirby Hall of Fame (1907) and Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame (1998); founder of The Kubert School.

1939

Frankie Avalon, singer ("Venus") , actor (The Alamo), playwright; teen idol of 1950s-60s.

1951

Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., African-American neurosurgeon.

1961

James Gandolfini, actor; won three Emmys, two Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards (crime boss Tony Soprano in The Sopranos).

1971

Lance Armstrong (Lance Gunderson), cyclist; won record 7 Tour De France titles but was stripped of them and banned from competitive cycling for life after it was determined he had used performance-enhancing drugs.