History Hop Tags - Alabama

Alabama - Notable Historical Events

Andrew JacksonMar 27, 1814

Jefferson DavisFeb 18, 1861

Booker T. WashingtonJul 4, 1881

Jackie RobinsonOct 8, 1953

Rosa ParksDec 5, 1955

Martin Luther KingMar 21, 1965

Willie NelsonMay 9, 1983

Whitney HoustonJan 26, 1987

Hank Williams JrApr 10, 1989

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Alabama - Historical Events
Date Event
1807-02-19

VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

1814-03-27

Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama

1817-03-03

Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi

1819-12-14

Alabama admitted to Union as 22nd state

1841-12-31

Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons

1856-02-01

Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College.

1856-03-09

Sigma Alpha Epsilon is founded in the Johnston Mansion House on the University of Alabama

1861-01-04

US Ft Morgan, Mobile, seized by Alabama

1861-01-05

Alabama troops seize Forts Morgan & Gaines at Mobile Bay

1861-01-11

Alabama secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

1861-02-08

Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Alabama (US Civil War)

1861-02-18

Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery Alabama (US Civil War)

1862-05-15

Confederate ship Alabama launched as the Enrica at Birkenhead, England, where she had been built in secret

1863-01-11

Naval engagement near Galveston between CSS Alabama & USS Hatteras

1863-06-05

CSS "Alabama" captures "Tailsman" in Mid Atlantic

1863-09-05

Bread revolt in Mobile, Alabama

1864-06-11

Confederate warship CSS Alabama runs into harbor of Cherbourg

1864-06-19

CSS "Alabama" sunk by USS "Kearsarge" off Cherbourg, France

1864-08-08

Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Gaines, Alabama

1864-08-23

Union troops/fleet occupy Fort Morgan, Alabama

1864-09-04

Bread riots in Mobile, Alabama

1865-04-01

-9] Battle at Blakely Alabama

1865-04-14

Mobile, Alabama is captured

1867-04-01

Blacks vote in municipal election in Tuscumbia, Alabama

1868-02-24

1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile Alabama)

1871-02-27

Meeting of Alabama claims commission

1871-05-08

British-US treaty ends Alabama dispute

1881-07-04

Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)

1883-02-23

Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law

1890-10-15

Alabama Penny Savings Bank organizes in Birmingham

1894-07-16

Many negro miners in Alabama killed by striking white miners

1907-12-20

Explosion at Yolande Alabama, coal mine kills 91

1909-11-07

Knights of St Peter Claver founded in Mobile, Alabama; Ladies Auxiliary formed in 1922

1920-04-14

Tornadoes killed 219 people in Alabama & Mississippi

1920-04-20

Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi

1922-01-03

1st living person identified on a US coin (Thomas E Kirby) on the Alabama Centennial half-dollar

1925-09-05

112 F (44°C), Centerville, Alabama (state record)

1926-09-16

-22] Hurricane in Florida & Alabama, kills 372

1931-03-25

Scottsboro Boys (accused of raping a white woman) arrested in Alabama

1937-07-24

Alabama drops charges against 5 blacks accused of rape in Scottsboro

1938-08-24

Virgil Trucks strikes out his 418th batter, highest season total in organized ball-for Andalusia in an Alabama-Florida League game

1943-05-25

Riot at Mobile, Alabama, shipyard over upgrading 12 black workers

1944-08-10

Race riots in Athens Alabama

1946-04-13

Eddie Klepp, a white pitcher signed by defending Negro League champ Cleveland Buckeyes, is barred from field in Birmingham Alabama

1948-05-01

Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"

1951-11-25

17 die in a train crash in Woodstock, Alabama

1953-10-08

Birmingham Alabama, bars Jackie Robinson's Negro-White All-Stars from playing there Robinson gives in & drops white players from his group

1955-04-13

20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)

1955-11-03

Alabama woman bruised by a meteor

1955-12-05

Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery Alabama by Rosa Parks

1956-02-03

Autherine Lucy admitted to University of Alabama, suspended 2/7 after a riot

1956-02-06

University of Alabama suspends African-American Autherine Lucy on the grounds that it can no longer provide a safe environment for her

1956-02-15

Pirates & KC A's cancel an exhibition game in Birmingham Alabama, because of local ordinance barring black from playing against white

1956-08-09

1st state-wide state-supported educational TV network, Alabama

1956-11-13

US Supreme court rules race separation on buses in Alabama unconstitutional

1959-12-19

1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0

1961-05-14

Bus with 1st group of Freedom Riders bombed & burned in Alabama

1961-05-20

White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama

1961-10-31

Federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama, laws against integrated playing fields are illegal

1963-01-14

George C Wallace sworn in as governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"

1963-05-11

Racial bomb attacks in Birmingham Alabama

1963-05-12

Race riot in Birmingham, Alabama

1963-06-11

Gov Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at University of Alabama

1963-09-02

Alabama Gov George C Wallace prevents integration of Tuskegee HS

1963-09-09

Alabama Gov George Wallace served a federal injunction to stop orders of state police to bar black students from enrolling in white schools

1963-09-10

20 black students entered public schools in Alabama

1965-03-07

Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma

1965-03-21

Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

1965-05-30

Vivian Malone is 1st black to graduate from University of Alabama

1966-01-30

-27°F (-33°C), New Market, Alabama (state record)

1967-02-07

A fire at a restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama kills 25 people.

1969-08-17

Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana)

1972-05-15

Assassination attempt on US Governor George Wallace of Alabama by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md

1972-08-04

Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Gov Wallace

1972-12-02

"December Giant" largest sinkhole in US collapses (Alabama)

1973-10-27

Alabama sets offensive record (828 yds), beats Virginia Tech 77-6

1973-12-31

40th Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame 24 beats Alabama 23

1975-03-22

A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes dangerous lowering of cooling water levels.

1975-12-31

42nd Sugar Bowl: Alabama 13 beats Penn State 6

1977-06-22

Former AG John Mitchell starts 19 months in Alabama prison

1979-09-12

Hurricane Frederick hits Mobile Alabama; 5 die & $23 million damage

1979-10-30

Richard Arrington, Jr. is elected the first African American mayor in Birmingham, Alabama

1980-01-01

Alabama beats Arkansas in Sugar Bowl for college football championship

1982-04-29

17th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, Barbara Mandrell

1982-08-05

Stephabue Hix, of Alabama, 18, crowned Miss National Teen-Ager

1982-12-29

Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with Alabama (323 wins)

1983-01-17

Alabama Gov George C Wallace, becomes governor for record 4th time

1983-05-09

18th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Willie Nelson

1983-06-21

Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss

1983-10-10

17th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins

1984-05-14

19th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama

1984-10-08

18th Country Music Association Award: Alabama wins

1985-05-08

20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama & Judds win

1985-06-04

Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law

1986-04-14

21st Academy of Country Music Awards: G Strait, Alabama, R McEntire

1986-06-24

Guy Hunt elected 1st Republican governor of Alabama in 112 years

1987-01-19

Guy Hunt becomes Alabama's 1st Republican governor since 1874

1987-01-26

14th American Music Award: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama

1987-05-21

Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama

1989-04-10

24th Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Alabama

1991-07-10

L'Express Airlines Beechcraft C-99 crashes in Alabama, killing 13

1991-12-28

Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25

1994-03-27

Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed

1995-01-15

Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334

1996-09-28

Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)

1997-06-29

Tyrenda Williams, 18, of Alabama, crowned 40th America's Junior Miss

1998-02-14

Authorities in the United States announce that Eric Robert Rudolph is a suspect in an Alabama abortion clinic bombing.

2001-08-01

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has a Ten Commandments monument installed in the judiciary building, leading to a lawsuit to have it removed and his own removal from office.

2002-05-22

American civil rights movement: a jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

2003-03-18

FBI agents raid the corporate headquarters of HealthSouth Corporation in Birmingham, Alabama on suspicion of massive corporate fraud led by the company's top executives.

2003-08-22

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is suspended after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

2007-03-01

Tornadoes swarm across the southern United States, killing at least 20; eight of the deaths were at a high school in Enterprise, Alabama.

2012-07-17

17 people are wounded in a bar shooting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

2013-11-21

The Alabama parole board grants posthumous pardons to three members of the Scottsboro boys

2015-12-12

Heisman Trophy: Alabama running back Derrick Henry wins 2015 award

2017-04-11

Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to misdemeanors

2017-04-16

Four injured in shooting at Alabama church carnival

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Alabama - Notable Birthdays

Rosa ParksFeb 4, 1913

Joe LouisMay 13, 1914

Fred ShuttlesworthMar 18, 1922

Harper LeeApr 28, 1926

Willie MaysMay 6, 1931

Jimmie Lee JacksonDec 16, 1938

Wilson PickettMar 18, 1941

Tammy WynetteMay 5, 1942

Larry NelsonSep 10, 1947

Lionel RichieJun 20, 1949

Carl LewisJul 1, 1961

Charles BarkleyFeb 20, 1963

Courteney CoxJun 15, 1964

Diana DeGarmoJun 16, 1987

Alabama - Birthdays
Date Event
1847-01-20

W R Pettiford, Founder (Alabama Penny Savings Bank)

1873-11-16

William Christopher Handy, Alabama, jazz star (St Louis Blues) (d. 1958)

1888-10-09

Hank Patterson, Alabama, actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres)

1901-12-20

Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions)

1908-10-09

James E Folsom, (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59)

1912-10-03

Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens

1913-02-04

Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Alabama, American civil rights activist (bus protestor)

1913-02-14

Mel Allen, Birmingham Alabama, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees)

1913-09-11

Paul "Bear" Bryant, US football coach (Alabama Crimson Tide)

1914-05-13

Joe Louis, Lafayette Alabama, world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49)

1915-12-16

Turk Murphy, Alabama's Ghost

1916-04-26

Virgil Trucks, Birmingham, Alabama, MLB picther (two-time All Star), (d. 2013)

1917-03-11

Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)

1918-06-02

Kathryn Tucker Windham, Stars Fell on Alabama

1921-06-19

Howell T Heflin, (Sen-D-Alabama, 1979- )

1922-03-18

Fred Shuttlesworth, Mount Meigs Alabama, American civil rights activist

1923-01-05

Sam [Samuel] Phillips, Florence Alabama, record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career)

1926-04-28

Harper Lee, Monroeville Alabama, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird)

1927-12-24

Milly Ericson, Crazy in Alabama

1928-10-01

Ryszard Rydzewski, Alabama

1929-10-05

Autherine Lucy, Shiloh, Alabama, 1st black to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa

1930-05-01

Norbert Kückelmann, Morgen in Alabama

1931-05-06

Willie Mays, Westfield Alabama, baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954)

1932-09-11

Herbert "Sonny" Leon Callahan, (Rep-R-Alabama, 1985- )

1932-09-26

Clifton C Williams Jr, Mobile Alabama, Major USMC/astronaut

1934-02-05

Henry 'Hank' Aaron, Mobile Alabama, baseball player (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP)

1936-12-03

Lee Roy Giles, Sweet Home Alabama

1937-02-15

Terry Everett, (Rep-R-Alabama)

1937-11-10

Albert Hall, Boothton Alabama, actor (Trouble in Mind, Ryan's 4)

1938-06-24

Don Mincher, Huntsville, Alabama, Major League Baseball first baseman, (d. 2012)

1938-12-16

Jimmie Lee Jackson, Marion Alabama, American civil rights protestor

1939-11-24

Jim Yester, Birmingham Alabama, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association)

1939-12-17

Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, rocker (Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)

1941-01-03

Van Dyke Parks, Alabama, actor/musician (Bonino, Billy Crystal Hour)

1941-03-18

Wilson Pickett, Prattville Alabama, R&B singer (Funky Broadway)

1942-04-09

Earl F Hillard, (Rep-D-Alabama)

1942-05-05

Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], Redbay Alabama, country singer (Stand by your Man), (d. 1998)

1942-10-12

Melvin Franklin, Montgomery Alabama, rocker (Temptations)

1943-02-03

Dennis Edwards, Fairfield Alabama, lead singer of the Temptations ("Papa was a Rollin' Stone")

1943-06-08

Willie Davenport, Troy Alabama, American bobsledder/hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)

1944-10-03

Bob Riley, American politician, governor of Alabama

1944-9-04

Dave Bassett, Sweet Home Alabama

1946-07-15

Tadeusz Majda, Alabama

1946-12-25

Jimmy Buffet, Mobile Alabama, vocalist (Margaritaville)

1947-04-02

Emmylou Harris, Birmingham Alabama, country singer (Together Again)

1947-08-22

Bud Cramer, (Rep-D-Alabama)

1947-09-10

Larry Nelson, Fort Payne Alabama, American golfer (three-time Major Championship winner)

1949-01-30

William King, Alabama, soul trumpeteer (Commodores-Easy)

1949-03-03

James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)

1949-06-20

Lionel Richie, Alabama, singer (Commodores, Hello, Penny Lover)

1949-08-27

Jeff Cook, Fort Payne Ala, country guitar/vocalist (Alabama-Mt Music)

1949-11-14

Terry Lee Johnson, Alabama, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)

1949-12-13

Randy Owen, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)

1949-12-13

Randy Owen, Alabama: American Farewell Tour

1950-10-26

Deborah Duke, Sweet Home Alabama

1951-10-25

Ransom Wilson, Tuscaloosa Alabama, flutist (Soliste NY)

1952-01-22

Teddy Gentry, Fort Payne Ala, country music star (Alabama-Mt Music)

1952-08-01

Tony Rizzoli, Sweet Home Alabama

1954-01-25

Condredge Holloway, Alabama, CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto)

1955-05-11

Mark Herndon, Springfield Mass, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down)

1956-10-17

Mae C Jemison, Decatur Alabama, MD/astronaut (STS 47)

1958-07-17

Jerzy Luszcz, Alabama

1958-10-27

Lee Carter, Alabama Judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit

1958-11-24

Phillip Tolle, Alabama Sasquatch

1959-07-12

Wiktor Trzeciak, Alabama

1959-08-26

Kathryn P Hire, Mobile Alabama, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)

1960-06-05

Leslie Hendrix, Sweet Home Alabama

1961-04-22

Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)

1961-06-03

Marta Szmigielska, Alabama

1961-07-01

Carl Lewis [Frederick], Birmingham Alabama, sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96)

1963-02-20

Charles Barkley, Leads Alabama, NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Oly-gold-96)

1963-06-13

Jeff Brehaut, Mountain View CA, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Alabama-3rd)

1963-09-05

Dave Brantley, Florence Alabama, pitcher (Cin Reds)

1964-06-15

Courteney Cox, Birmingham, Alabama, American actress (Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends)

1965-04-09

Hal Morris, Fort Rucker Alabama, infielder (Cin Reds)

1966-02-22

Resga Riggins, Trussville Alabama, Miss Alabama-America (1991)

1967-12-10

Douglas J. Eboch, Sweet Home Alabama

1969-06-22

Nahia Iparraguirre, Alabama

1970-05-27

Deidee Deionne, Sweet Home Alabama

1970-10-19

Benita Brooks, Miss Alabama USA (1996)

1970-10-28

Watt Key, Alabama Moon

1971-11-05

Erick Walder, Mobile Alabama, triple jumper

1972-03-17

Mia Hamm, Selma Alabama, soccer forward (Olympics-96)

1972-10-15

John D. Witherspoon, Sweet Home Alabama

1973-08-29

Leigh Sherer, Jasper Alabama, Miss America (Alabama-Top 10-1996)

1974-06-03

Alison McCreary, Florence Alabama, Miss America (Alabama-4th-1997)

1974-11-18

Autumn Smith, Miss USA-Alabama (1997, top 10)

1978-06-19

Mark Matkevich, Sweet Home Alabama

1979-02-08

Tara Tucker, Miss Alabama Teen USA (1997)

1979-05-29

Luann Roberts, Miss Alabama Teen USA (1996)

1980-10-18

Colby Keller, Alabama Takedown

1983-05-01

Dana Wasdin, Sweet Home Alabama

1987-06-16

Diana DeGarmo, Birmingham, Alabama, American singer

1996-9-24

Stella Banderas, Crazy in Alabama

1998-03-27

Cyrus Thompson, Alabama Moon

Alabama - Notable Weddings

Rosa ParksDec 18, 1932

Colin PowellAug 25, 1962

Alabama - Weddings
Date Event
1932-12-18

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama

1962-08-25

Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

2005-06-16

"American Idol" singer Bo Bice (29) weds Caroline Fisher at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Alabama

2008-06-14

Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee

2008-10-25

Olympic gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street (37) weds John Reeser (31) on top of Alabama's Prospect Mountain in Hanceville

Alabama - Deaths
Date Event
1968-05-07

Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41

1983-01-26

Paul "Bear" Bryant, college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69

1983-01-27

Paul "Bear" Bryant, US football coach (Alabama), dies at 69

1987-05-30

Turk Murphy, Alabama's Ghost

1987-11-21

James E Folsom, (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79

2010-07-21

Marta Szmigielska, Alabama

2010-10-12

Deborah Duke, Sweet Home Alabama

2011-06-12

Kathryn Tucker Windham, Stars Fell on Alabama

2011-12-13

Milly Ericson, Crazy in Alabama

2013-06-19

Tadeusz Majda, Alabama

2014-02-28

Ryszard Rydzewski, Alabama


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