Today in Alabama History

Alabama: Birmingham - Mobile, AL - Montgomery, AL

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 102

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.
US President & General Andrew JacksonUS President & General Andrew Jackson 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
President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson DavisPresident of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis 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
Education Pioneer Booker T. WashingtonEducation Pioneer Booker T. Washington 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
Baseball Player Jackie RobinsonBaseball Player Jackie Robinson 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
1955-12-01 - Rosa Parks arrested for refusing to move to the back of bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama
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 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
Civil Rights Activist Rosa ParksCivil Rights Activist Rosa Parks 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
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 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)
1966-07-31 - Alabamans burn Beatle products due to John Lennon's anti-Jesus remark
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.
Musician and Beatle John LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon 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

Birthdays 1 - 74 of 74

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
Civil Rights Activist Rosa ParksCivil Rights Activist Rosa Parks (1913-02-04) 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)
1914-05-13 - Joe Louis, Lafayette Alabama, world heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49)
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)
1918-05-24 - Coleman Young, 1st African American Mayor of Detroit, Tuscaloosa Alabama
1921-06-19 - Howell T Heflin, (Sen-D-Alabama, 1979- )
1922-03-18 - Fred Shuttlesworth, Mount Meigs Alabama, American civil rights activist
Civil Rights Activist Fred ShuttlesworthCivil Rights Activist Fred Shuttlesworth (1922-03-18) 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)
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)
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
MLB Legend Willie MaysMLB Legend Willie Mays (1931-05-06) 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)
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, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations-My Girl, Boogie Down)
1941-03-18 - Wilson Pickett, Prattville Alabama, R&B singer (Funky Broadway)
1942-02-20 - Mitch McConnell, American politician, (Senator-R-KY, 1985-, and Senate Majority Leader 2015- ), born in Sheffield, Alabama
R&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson PickettR&B and Soul Singer Songwriter Wilson Pickett (1941-03-18) 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)
1942-08-19 - 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)
Country singer Tammy WynetteCountry singer Tammy Wynette (1942-05-05) 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, American professional golfer (three-time Major Championship winner), born in Fort Payne, Alabama
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)
1949-11-14 - 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
Astronaut and Physician Mae JemisonAstronaut and Physician Mae Jemison (1956-10-17) 1956-10-17 - Mae Jemison, Decatur Alabama, MD/astronaut (STS 47) 1st African American woman in space
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)
1960-11-01 - Tim Cook, American businessman (CEO of Apple Inc. 2011-), born in Mobile, Alabama
1961-04-22 - Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
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)
NBA Power Forward Charles BarkleyNBA Power Forward Charles Barkley (1963-02-20) 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)
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)
Actress Courteney CoxActress Courteney Cox (1964-06-15) 1979-05-29 - Luann Roberts, Miss Alabama Teen USA (1996)
1987-06-16 - Diana DeGarmo, Birmingham, Alabama, American singer

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 5 of 5

Civil Rights Activist Rosa ParksCivil Rights Activist Rosa Parks (1932-12-18) 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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 2 of 2

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

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