Alabama in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 124


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1807-02-19 US Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted

3rd Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr
3rd Vice President of the United States
Aaron Burr

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 CSS Alabama, a Confederate screw sloop-of-war, arrives in port at Cherbourg, France
  • 1864-06-19 CSS "Alabama" sunk by USS "Kearsarge" off Cherbourg, France
  • 1864-08-06 Confederate forces evacuate Fort Powell in Mobile Bay, Alabama
  • 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
  • 1865-03-18 Battle of Wilson's raid to Selma, Alabama
  • 1865-03-25 Battle of Mobile, Alabama (Spanish Fort, Fort Morgan, Fort Blakely)
  • 1865-04-01 -9] Battle at Blakely Alabama
  • 1865-04-02 Battle of Fort Blakely Alabama, last major battle of the US Civil War
  • 1865-04-14 Mobile, Alabama is captured
  • 1865-05-04 Battle of Citronelle, Alabama; Richard Taylor surrenders

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1867-04-01 Blacks vote in municipal election in Tuscumbia, Alabama
  • 1868-02-24 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile, Alabama)
  • 1868-06-25 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US
  • 1871-02-27 Meeting of Alabama claims commission
  • 1871-05-08 British-US treaty ends Alabama dispute

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1884-02-19 Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people
  • 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
  • 1931-04-06 1st Scottsboro (Alabama) trial begins - 9 blacks accused of rape
  • 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
  • 1941-07-19 1st US Army flying school for black cadets dedicated (Tuskegee, Alabama)

  • 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
  • 1952-03-21 -22] Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1954-11-30 Ann Hodges is bruised by a meteor at Sylacauga, Alabama in first modern instance of a meteorite striking a human
  • 1955-04-13 20.33" (51.64 cm) of rainfall, Axis, Alabama (state record)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1955-12-01 Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a 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
  • 1956-12-20 Montgomery, Alabama removes race-based seat assignments on its buses
  • 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 laws in Birmingham, Alabama, against integrated playing fields are illegal

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1963-01-14 George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama, his address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 1963-04-12 Police in Birmingham, Alabama, use dogs & cattle prods on peaceful demonstrators
  • 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 Governor George Wallace prevents integration of Tuskegee High School
  • 1963-09-09 Alabama Governor 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 enter public schools in Alabama
  • 1965-03-07 Alabama state troopers & 600 black protestors clash in Selma

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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
  • 1967-01-16 Lucius Amerson, becomes 1st southern (Alabama) African American sheriff in 20th century
  • 1967-02-07 A fire at a restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama kills 25 people.
  • 1968-02-16 US 1st 911 phone system went into service in Haleyville, Alabama
  • 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, Maryland
  • 1972-08-04 Arthur Bremer jailed for 63 years for shooting Alabama Governor 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)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 196

  • 1815-01-28 Andrew Jackson Hamilton, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1875)
  • 1817-02-07 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1884)
  • 1818-04-23 John Gill Shorter, American politician (17th Governor of Alabama), born in Monticello, Georgia (d. 1872)
  • 1819-05-28 William Birney, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1907)
  • 1825-01-10 Alexander Travis Hawthorn, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Conecuh County, Alabama (d. 1899)
  • 1825-05-29 David Bell Birney, American businessman, lawyer, and Major General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1864)
  • 1825-10-16 Thomas Turpin Crittenden, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1905)
  • 1826-04-02 Philip Dale Roddey, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Moulton, Alabama (d. 1897)
  • 1837-11-13 James T. Rapier, African-American politician, born in Florence, Alabama (d. 1883)
  • 1847-01-20 W R Pettiford, Founder (Alabama Penny Savings Bank)
  • 1854-04-09 Seaborn McDaniel Denson, American composer, born in Cleburne County, Alabama (d. 1936)

Person of interestW. C. Handy

1873-11-16 W. C. Handy, American composer and musician known as the "Father of the Blues" (Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues), born in Florence, Alabama (d. 1958)

Musician and Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
Musician and Father of the Blues
W. C. Handy
  • 1878-03-16 Henry B Walthall, American actor (The Birth of a Nation, Klondike), born in Shelby City, Alabama (d. 1936)

Person of interestHelen Keller

1880-06-27 Helen Keller, American political activist, author (The Story of My Life) and lecturer, who was the 1st deaf-blind person to earn a BA, born in Tuscumbia, Alabama (d. 1968)

Author Helen Keller
Author
Helen Keller
  • 1882-04-20 Holland Smith, American General in the U.S. Marine Corps, born in Seale, Alabama (d. 1967)
  • 1888-10-09 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), born in Springville, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • 1891-01-07 Zora Neale Hurston, Notasulga Alabama, American writer

Person of interestPercy Lavon Julian

1899-04-11 Percy Lavon Julian, African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1975)

  • 1901-12-20 Robert Van de Graaff, Alabama, physicist (Mobility of Gaseous Ions)
  • 1902-01-31 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted.), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1968)
  • 1902-03-23 Philip Ober, American actor (Gen Stone-I Dream of Jeannie), born in Fort Payne, Alabama (d. 1982)
  • 1903-05-13 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • 1904-09-01 Johnny Mack Brown, American actor (Lawman is Born, Back Trail), born in Dothan, Alabama (d. 1974)
  • 1906-10-11 Katherine Emery, American actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1907-05-11 Rip Sewell, American baseball player, born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 1989)
  • 1907-08-22 Oliver McGowan, American actor (Banning, Stagecoach), born in Kipling, Alabama (d. 1971)
  • 1908-10-09 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), born in Coffee County, Alabama (d. 1987)
  • 1910-01-16 David McCampbell, US Navy captain, fighter pilot, and Medal of Honor recipient (WW II, Pacific theatre, downed 34 Japanese planes), born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 1996)
  • 1910-11-13 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, born in Hartselle, Alabama (d. 1986)
  • 1911-06-01 Gertrude Michael, American actress (Cleopatra, Menace, Club Havana, caged), born in Talladega, Alabama (d. 1964)
  • 1911-06-20 Gail Patrick [Margaret Fitzpatrick], American actress (My Man Godfrey, Love Crazy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1980)
  • 1911-09-15 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States (1961-65) warned against smoking, born in Red Level, Alabama (d. 1985)
  • 1912-05-27 Terry Moore, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Vernon, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1912-10-03 Gabriel Julian, original pianist of Bobby Byrne Orchestra, arranger for Glenn Miller and founder Alabama Cavaliers Jazz Ens

Person of interestRosa Parks

1913-02-04 Rosa Parks, American civil rights activist who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, born in Tuskegee, Alabama (d. 2005)

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

Person of interestJesse Owens

1913-09-12 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, born in Oakville, Alabama (d. 1980)

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens

Person of interestJoe Louis

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
  • 1914-07-17 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), born in Scottsboro, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1914-10-20 Fayard Nicholas, American tap dancer, one-half of The Nicholas Brothers and actor (The Five Heartbeats), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1916-01-07 Bobo Jenkins [John Pickens Jenkins], American blues singer-songwriter (Democrat Blues), born in Forkland, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1916-04-26 Virgil Trucks, MLB picther (two-time All Star), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2013)
  • 1916-05-28 Walker Percy, writer (Adventures of a Bad Catholic), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1916-08-25 Frederick Robbins, American pediatrician and bacteriologist (Nobel 1954), born in Auburn, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1916-11-05 Jim Tabor, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox), born in New Hope, Alabama (d. 1953)
  • 1917-03-07 Davis Roberts, American actor (Westworld, Star Trek, The Killers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1993)
  • 1917-03-11 Robert L Carter, Caryville, Florida, American civil rights activist and judge (Brown v. Board of Education, NAACP v. Alabama) (d. 2012)
  • 1917-04-07 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1918-04-15 John Baragrey, American actor (Creeper, The Loves of Carmen), born in Haleyville, Alabama (d. 1975)
  • 1918-05-24 Coleman Young, 1st African American Mayor of Detroit, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Person of interestNat King Cole

1919-03-17 Nat King Cole, American singer (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1965)

Musician Nat King Cole
Musician
Nat King Cole

Person of interestGeorge Wallace

1919-08-25 George Wallace, American politician (Gov-D-Ala) and presidential candidate, born in Clio, Alabama (d. 1998)

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 1919-12-31 Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, born in Abbeville, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1921-03-27 Tom Bevill, American Democratic fifteen-term U.S. congressman, born in Townley, Alabama (d. 2005)
  • 1921-06-19 Howell T Heflin, (Sen-D-Alabama, 1979- )

Person of interestFred Shuttlesworth

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)
  • 1923-01-05 Sam Phillips, American record producer and founder of Sun Records and Sun Studios, born in Florence, Alabama (d. 2003)
  • 1923-07-06 Cathy O'Donnell [Ann Steely], American film noir actress (Miniver Story, Man from Laramie), born in Siluria, Alabama (d. 1970)

Person of interestHank Williams

1923-09-17 Hank Williams, American country singer (Cold, Cold Heart, Hey Good Lookin'), born in Mount Olive, Alabama (d. 1953)

Country Music Singer and Songwriter Hank Williams
Country Music Singer and Songwriter
Hank Williams
  • 1925-09-20 Bobby Nunn [Ulysses B. Nunn Sr.], American singer (The Robins, The Coasters) born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1986)

Person of interestRalph Abernathy

1926-03-11 Ralph Abernathy, American civil rights leader (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), born in Linden, Alabama (d. 1990)

Civil Rights Activist Ralph Abernathy
Civil Rights Activist
Ralph Abernathy
  • 1926-04-03 Alex Grammas, American baseball player, born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestHarper Lee

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

Author Harper Lee
Author
Harper Lee
  • 1926-08-08 Urbie [Urban Clifford] Green, American jazz trombonist (toured with Woodie Herman, Frankie Carlie), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1926-12-11 Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, American rhythm-and-blues singer and songwriter (Hound Dog, Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt), born in Ariton, Alabama (d. 1984)
  • 1927-04-23 Russell Smith, American composer, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1998)
  • 1927-04-27 Coretta Scott King, American activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Heiberger, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 1927-09-27 "Earring" George Mayweather, American blues Harmonica Player, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1928-11-29 Yolande Betbeze Fox, Miss America 1951, first to refuse to parade in a swimsuit, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1929-06-10 Edward O Wilson, American sociobiologist, world’s leading authority on ants, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1929-10-05 Autherine Lucy, Shiloh, Alabama, 1st African American to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
  • 1930-06-12 Jim Nabors, American actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), born in Sylacauga, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1930-08-13 Wilmer David Mizell, American baseball player and politician, born in Vinegar Bend, Alabama (d. 1999)
  • 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)

Person of interestWillie Mays

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
  • 1933-04-07 Wayne Rogers, US actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1934-02-05 Henry 'Hank' Aaron, Mobile Alabama, baseball player (record 755 HRs, 1957 NL MVP)

Person of interestLouise Fletcher

1934-07-22 Louise Fletcher, actress (One Flew over Cuckoo's Nest), born in Birmingham, Alabama

  • 1935-03-20 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds, Howlin' Wolf Tribute), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1935-06-25 Eddie Floyd, singer/composer (California Girl, Falcons), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1935-08-20 J. J. Malone, US soul singer (It's a shame), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)
  • 1936-11-05 William A. Christenberry, American photographer and artist, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1937-02-15 Terry Everett, (Rep-R-Alabama)
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1937-08-15 Ronnie G. Flippo, former United States Congressman from Alabama (1977-91), born in Florence, 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 1st baseman, (d. 2012)

Person of interestJimmie Lee Jackson

1938-12-16 Jimmie Lee Jackson, American civil rights protester who was shot and killed by an Alabama State Trooper in 1965, born in Marion, Alabama (d. 1965)

Civil Rights Activist Jimmie Lee Jackson
Civil Rights Activist
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)
  • 1940-02-21 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama
  • 1940-03-13 Candi [Canzetta Maria] Staton, American gospel singer (Young Hearts Run Free), born in Hanceville, Alabama
  • 1940-05-08 Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille) and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941-03-02 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama

Person of interestWilson Pickett

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
  • 1941-05-02 Clay Carroll, American baseball player, born in Clanton, 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

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US 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

  • 1872-05-29 John Gill Shorter, American politician (17th Governor of Alabama), dies at 54
  • 1939-12-05 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1968-05-07 Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • 1987-11-21 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79