Today in Alabama History

Historical Events

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  • 1807-02-19 VP Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

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1814-03-27 Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, part of the Creek Indian tribe near Dadeville, Alabama

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 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)

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1861-02-18 Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery, Alabama (US Civil War)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 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

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1881-07-04 Booker T. Washington establishes Tuskegee Institute (Alabama)

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 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
  • 1919-12-11 Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama
  • 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
  • 1947-12-19 1948 NFL Draft: Harry Gilmer from University of Alabama first pick by Washington Redskins
  • 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

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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

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • 1955-04-13 20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)
  • 1955-11-03 Alabama woman bruised by a meteor

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1955-12-01 Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks
  • 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 student Autherine Lucy claiming that it can no longer provide for her safety
  • 1956-02-15 Pirates & KC As 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
  • 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

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1965-03-21 Martin Luther King Jr. begins march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 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)

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1966-07-31 Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 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
  • 1975-03-22 A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes dangerous lowering of cooling water levels.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1983-06-21 Stephanie Kay Ashmore, of Alabama, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1985-06-04 Supreme Court strikes down Alabama "moment of silence" law
  • 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
  • 1987-05-21 Xignals PC Board BBS begins in Alabama
  • 1991-07-10 L'Express Airlines Beechcraft C-99 crashes in Alabama, killing 13
  • 1994-03-27 Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed
  • 1995-01-15 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
  • 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.
  • 2003-08-22 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.
  • 2009-12-14 75th Heisman Trophy Award: Mark Ingram, Jr., Alabama (RB)

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1891-01-07 Zora Neale Hurston, Notasulga Alabama, American writer
  • 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

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1913-02-04 Rosa Parks, Tuskegee Alabama, American civil rights activist (bus protestor)

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks
  • 1913-02-14 Mel Allen, American sportscaster (voice of NY Yankees), born in Birmingham, Alabama

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1914-05-13 Joe Louis, American world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), born in Lafayette, Alabama (d. 1981)

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • 1916-04-26 Virgil Trucks, MLB picther (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (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)
  • 1918-05-24 Coleman Young, 1st African American Mayor of Detroit, Tuscaloosa Alabama
  • 1921-06-19 Howell T Heflin, (Sen-D-Alabama, 1979- )

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1922-03-18 Fred Shuttlesworth, American civil rights activist, born in Mount Meigs, Alabama (d. 2011)

Civil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth
Civil Rights Activist
Fred Shuttlesworth
  • 1923-01-05 Sam [Samuel] Phillips, Florence Alabama, record producer and founder of Sun Records (launched Elvis Presley's career)

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1926-04-28 [Nelle] Harper Lee, American author (To Kill a Mockingbird), born in Monroeville Alabama (d. 2016)

Author Harper Lee
Harper Lee
  • 1929-10-05 Autherine Lucy, Shiloh, Alabama, 1st African American to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
  • 1930-12-31 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1931-01-25 Dean Jones, actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)

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1931-05-06 Willie Mays, American baseball centerfielder (Giants, NY Mets), "Say Hey Kid" (660 HRs, MVP 1954), born in Westfield, Alabama

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • 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)
  • 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)

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1938-12-16 Jimmie Lee Jackson, Marion Alabama, American civil rights protestor

Civil Rights Protestor Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Protestor
Jimmie Lee Jackson
  • 1939-11-24 Jim Yester, rock vocalist/guitarist (Association), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1939-12-17 Eddie Kendricks, Alabama, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)

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1941-03-18 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer (Funky Broadway), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter
Wilson Pickett

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1942-02-20 Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama

US Senator Mitch McConnell
US Senator
Mitch McConnell

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1942-05-05 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer (Stand by your Man), born in Itawamba County, Mississippi (d. 1998)

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • 1942-08-19 Fred Thompson, US senator (R-Tenn)/actor (In the Line of Fire), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1942-10-12 Melvin Franklin, Montgomery Alabama, musician (The Temptations)
  • 1942-11-27 Henry Carr, American athlete (200m/4x400m Olympic golds 1964), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1943-02-03 Dennis Edwards, Fairfield Alabama, lead singer of the 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
  • 1945-12-25 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946-12-25 Jimmy Buffet, Mobile Alabama, vocalist (Margaritaville)
  • 1947-04-02 Emmylou Harris, country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1947-08-22 Bud Cramer, (Rep-D-Alabama)

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1947-09-10 Larry Nelson, American professional golfer (three-time Major Championship winner), born in Fort Payne, Alabama

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 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)

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1949-06-20 Lionel Richie, American singer (Commodores, Hello, Penny Lover), born in Tuskegee, Alabama

  • 1949-11-14 Terry Lee Johnson, Alabama, murderer (FBI Most Wanted List)
  • 1951-10-25 Ransom Wilson, Tuscaloosa Alabama, flutist (Soliste NY)
  • 1954-01-25 Condredge Holloway, Alabama, CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto)
  • 1955-05-11 Mark Herndon, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down), born in Springfield, Massachusetts

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1956-10-17 Mae Jemison, Decatur Alabama, MD/astronaut (STS 47) 1st African American woman in space

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • 1958-10-27 Lee Carter, Alabama Judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit
  • 1959-08-26 Kathryn P Hire, Mobile Alabama, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)

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1960-11-01 Tim Cook, American businessman (CEO of Apple Inc. 2011-), born in Mobile, Alabama

CEO of Apple Tim Cook
CEO of Apple
Tim Cook
  • 1961-04-22 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)

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1961-07-01 Carl Lewis [Frederick], sprinter and long jumper (Oly-9 gold-84-96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis

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1963-02-20 Charles Barkley, Leads Alabama, NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Oly-gold-96)

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • 1963-06-13 Jeff Brehaut, Mountain View CA, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Alabama-3rd)
  • 1963-09-05 Dave Brantley, Florence Alabama, pitcher (Cin Reds)

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1964-06-15 Courteney Cox, American actress (Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox
  • 1965-04-09 Hal Morris, Fort Rucker Alabama, infielder (Cin Reds)
  • 1966-02-22 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • 1970-10-19 Benita Brooks, Miss Alabama USA (1996)
  • 1971-11-05 Erick Walder, Mobile Alabama, triple jumper
  • 1972-03-17 Mia Hamm, Selma Alabama, soccer forward (Olympics-96)
  • 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)
  • 1979-02-01 Jason Isbell, American singer (Drive-By Truckers), born in Green Hill, Alabama
  • 1979-02-08 Tara Tucker, Miss Alabama Teen USA (1997)
  • 1979-05-29 Luann Roberts, Miss Alabama Teen USA (1996)

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1987-06-16 Diana DeGarmo, American singer (American Idol) and actress (The Young and the Restless), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1932-12-18 Civil rights activist Rosa Parks (19) weds Raymond Parks (29) in Montgomery, Alabama

Civil Rights Activist Rosa Parks
Civil Rights Activist
Rosa Parks

HeartWedding of Interest

1962-08-25 Retired general Colin Powell (25) weds audiologist Alma Johnson (24) at the First Congregational Church in Birmingham, Alabama

US General & Secretary of State Colin Powell
US General & Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • 1968-05-07 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • 1987-11-21 James E Folsom, (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79