Montgomery, AL in History

Alabama: Birmingham - Mobile, AL

Historical Events

Historic Event

1861-02-04 Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time; Jefferson Davis elected President of Confederacy (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)
  • 1953-04-23 WCOV TV channel 20 in Montgomery, AL (IND/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-12-25 WSFA TV channel 12 in Montgomery, AL (NBC) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

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

  • 1955-12-05 Historic bus boycott begins in Montgomery, Alabama by Rosa Parks and other civil rights activists

Historic Event

1955-12-05 Montgomery Improvement Association formed by Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Edgar Nixon to support the Montgomery bus protest in Montgomery, Alabama

  • 1956-12-20 Montgomery, Alabama removes race-based seat assignments on its buses
  • 1961-05-20 White mob attacks "Freedom Riders" in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1962-12-18 WAIQ TV channel 26 in Montgomery, AL (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1964-03-12 WKAB TV channel 32 in Montgomery, AL (ABC) begins broadcasting

Historic Event

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

  • 1965-03-25 Martin Luther King Jr. leads 25,000 to state capitol in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1967-02-07 A fire at a restaurant in Montgomery, Alabama kills 25 people.
  • 2019-10-08 Montgomery, Alabama, home of the US civil rights movement, elects Steven Reed as its first black mayor in 200 years

Famous Birthdays

Percy Lavon JulianPercy Lavon Julian (1899-1975)

1899-04-11 African American chemist who received 130 patents, pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants, born in Montgomery, Alabama

  • 1900-07-24 Zelda Fitzgerald [née Sayre], American writer (This Side of Paradise) and wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1948)

Nat King ColeNat King Cole (1919-1965)

1919-03-17 American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa"), born in Montgomery, Alabama

  • 1927-09-27 "Earring" George Mayweather, American blues harmonica player, born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1934-01-09 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1935-06-25 Eddie Floyd, American singer and composer (California Girl, Falcons), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1935-06-29 Johnnie Richardson, American R&B musician (Johnnie & Joe), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1988)
  • 1936-01-14 Clarence Carter, American blues singer-songwriter ("Patches"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1940-05-08 (Cathryn) "Toni" Tennille, American singer-songwriter, keyboardist (Captain & Tennille - "Love Will Keep Us Together") and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941-11-27 Henry Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x400m 1964) and football safety (NY Giants), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1942-10-12 Melvin Franklin, American R&B bass vocalist (The Temptations, 1960-94 - "Ball of Confusion"), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1952-08-17 Kathryn C. Thornton, American astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1953-09-11 Tommy Shaw, American rock guitarist, and singer (Styx - "Come Sail Away"; Damn Yankees), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1955-07-09 Willie Wilson, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1958-01-30 Brett Butler, American comedian (Grace-Grace Under Fire), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1959-07-04 Bill McCorvey, American country singer (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1961-10-31 Alonzo Babers, American track and field athlete, 400m/4X400m relay (Olympic gold 1984), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1962-07-18 Jensen Buchanan, American actress (Vicky/Marley-Another World), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1963-12-10 Michael Lofton, fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1966-10-19 Dave Veres, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1973-01-22 Reggie Barlow, American football wide receiver (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1985-09-14 Delmon Young, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama

Famous Weddings

Rosa Parks

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