Alabama in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 125 of 125


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1983-01-17 Alabama Governor George Wallace, becomes governor for a record 4th time

Politician and Segregationist George Wallace
Politician and Segregationist
George Wallace
  • 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
  • 1990-10-25 "40-Hour Week" 9th studio album by Alabama is re-released (original release 1985)
  • 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
  • 1998-01-29 Woman's Clinic in Birmingham Alabama bombed, 1 killed
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 2015-12-13 81st Heisman Trophy Award: Derrick Henry, Alabama (RB)
  • 2017-04-10 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigns over relationship with an aide and possible misuse of state funds to cover it up
  • 2017-11-09 Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls in "Washington Post" report
  • 2017-12-12 Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore for Alabama Senate seat in upset win marked by allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore
  • 2018-06-04 US Women's Golf Open: Ariya Jatanugarn of Thailand wins at Shoal Creek Golf, Alabama, despite losing 7-shot lead

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 205

  • 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
  • 1940-05-20 Shorty Long [Frederick Earl Long], American soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 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

Person of interestMitch McConnell

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

Person of interestTammy Wynette

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
  • 1942-08-04 Cleon Jones, American baseball player, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 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, American musician (The Temptations), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1942-11-27 Henry Carr, American athlete (200m/4x400m Olympic golds 1964), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1943-02-03 Dennis Edwards, American lead singer of The Temptations (Papa was a Rollin' Stone), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1943-02-04 Barry Beckett, American keyboardist and record producer (David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Roger Hawkins), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1943-03-23 Lee May "The Big Bopper", American Major League Baseball 1st baseman, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2017)
  • 1943-06-08 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • 1944-02-05 J R Cobb, rocker (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-08-15 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter (I've been lonely so long), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-09-21 Fannie Flagg, actress/comediene (Candid Camera), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-10-03 Bob Riley, American politician, governor of Alabama
  • 1944-10-15 Kay Ivey, American politician (54th Governor of Alabama), born in Camden, Alabama
  • 1945-04-02 Don Sutton, American baseball pitcher (LA Dodgers), born in Clio, Alabama
  • 1945-12-25 Ken "The Snake" Stabler, NFL quarterback (Oak Raiders, Super Bowl XI), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946-12-18 Hubie Green, PGA golfer (US Open 1977), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1946-12-24 Jefferson "Jeff" Sessions, American politician (R), US Attorney General (2017-present), born in Selma, Alabama
  • 1946-12-25 Jimmy Buffet, Mobile Alabama, vocalist (Margaritaville)
  • 1947-04-02 Emmylou Harris, American country singer (Together Again), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1947-04-24 Ann Kelly, American singer (Hues Corporation Rock the boat), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • 1947-08-22 Bud Cramer, American politician (Rep-D-Alabama), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1947-08-22 Donna Godchaux, American rocker (Grateful Dead), born in Florence, Alabama

Person of interestLarry Nelson

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
  • 1948-09-13 Nell Carter, actress (Nell-Gimme a Break, Lobo), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestKate Jackson

1948-10-29 Kate Jackson, actress (Rookies, Charlie's Angels), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Actress Kate Jackson
Actress
Kate Jackson
  • 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)

Person of interestLionel Richie

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)
  • 1951-02-14 JoJo Starbuck, American ice skater, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1951-10-25 Ransom Wilson, Tuscaloosa Alabama, flutist (Soliste NY)
  • 1952-08-17 Kathryn C Thornton, PhD/astronaut (STS 33, 49, 61, 73), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1953-02-07 Robert Brazile "Dr. Doom", NFL player (Houston Oilers), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1954-01-25 Condredge Holloway, Alabama, CFL quarterback (Ottawa, Toronto)
  • 1954-05-04 Doug Jones, American attorney and politician (Rep-D-Alabama 2017-), born in Fairfield, Alabama

Person of interestCondoleezza Rice

1954-11-14 Condoleezza Rice, 1st female African-American U.S. Secretary of State (2005-09), born in Birmingham, Alabama

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
US Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice
  • 1955-04-06 Michael Rooker, American actor (Guardians of the Galaxy), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1955-05-11 Mark Herndon, country drummer (Alabama-Take Me Down), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1955-07-09 Willie Wilson, American baseball player, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1955-10-17 Kerry James Marshall, American artist whose works seek to challenge the marginalization of African-Americans, born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestMichael Biehn

1956-07-31 Michael Biehn, American actor (Rampage, Hog Wild, Aliens, Abyss), born in Anniston, Alabama

Person of interestMae Jemison

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

Astronaut and Physician Mae Jemison
Astronaut and Physician
Mae Jemison
  • 1956-10-26 Regina Benjamin, 18th US Surgeon General (2009-13), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1957-03-28 Harvey Glance, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Phenix City, Alabama
  • 1958-01-30 Brett Butler, comedienne (Grace-Grace Under Fire), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1958-02-08 "Sensational" Sherri Martel, American professional wrestler (WWF), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • 1958-06-04 Julie Gholson, actress (Where the Lilies Bloom), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1958-08-18 Reginald "Reg" E Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1958-10-27 Lee Carter, Alabama Judge of the 25th Judicial Circuit
  • 1959-07-04 Bill McCorvey, singer (Pirates of Miss-Fred Jake), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1959-07-26 Rick Bragg, American journalist and writer, born in Piedmont, Alabama
  • 1959-08-26 Kathryn P Hire, Mobile Alabama, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (sk: STS 90)
  • 1960-08-25 Ashley Crow, American actress (Heroes-Sandra Bennet), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960-10-12 Stephen Brent Lowery, PGA golfer (1994 Sprint), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestTim Cook

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)
  • 1961-06-28 Jeff Malone, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Miami Heat), born in Mobile, Alabama

Person of interestCarl Lewis

1961-07-01 Carl Lewis, American sprinter/long jumper (9 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • 1961-10-31 Alonzo Babers, 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
  • 1962-08-19 Nancy Ramsbottom, LPGA golfer (1994 McCall's-2nd), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestEvander Holyfield

1962-10-19 Evander Holyfield, American boxer (Olympic bronze 1988) and world champion (1990-92), born in Atmore, Alabama

Person of interestCharles Barkley

1963-02-20 Charles Barkley, American NBA forward (Phoenix, Rockets, Olympic gold 1996), born in Leeds, Alabama

NBA Power Forward Charles Barkley
NBA Power Forward
Charles Barkley
  • 1963-09-05 Dave Brantley, Florence Alabama, pitcher (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1963-12-10 Michael Lofton, fencer-sabre (Olympics 1996), born in Montgomery, Alabama

Person of interestCourteney Cox

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

Actress Courteney Cox
Actress
Courteney Cox
  • 1965-04-09 Hal Morris, Fort Rucker Alabama, infielder (Cincinnati Reds)
  • 1965-08-25 Cornelius Bennett, American NFL linebacker (Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1965-11-16 Glen Edward Day, American PGA golfer (1994 Anheuser-Busch-2nd), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1966-02-22 Resha Riggins, Miss Alabama (1990), born in Trussville Alabama
  • 1966-04-05 Scott Dill, American NFL tackle and guard (Tampa Bay Bucs, Minnesota Vikings), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1966-08-07 Jimmy Wales, American internet entrepreneur and cofounder of Wikipedia, born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1966-10-19 Dave Veres, pitcher (Montreal Expos), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1967-12-13 Mike Mordecai, infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1968-04-10 Orlando Jones, American actor and comedian (MADtv, 7 Up spokesman), born in Toulminville, Alabama
  • 1968-04-20 DeDee Nathan, American heptathlete, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1968-07-04 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic gold 1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1968-08-22 Michael Curry, American basketball player and coach (Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks), born in Anniston, Alabama
  • 1969-06-12 Kevin Turner, NFL fullback (Philadelphia Eagles) and plaintiff against NFL (concussion case), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1970-05-24 Nick Castaneda, pairs skater (& Dawn Piepenbrink), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1970-09-05 Michael Potts, American pitcher (Milwaukee Brewers), born in Langdale, Alabama
  • 1971-11-05 Erick Walder, Mobile Alabama, triple jumper
  • 1972-03-17 Mia Hamm, Selma Alabama, soccer forward (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-11-19 David Palmer, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings 1994-2002), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1973-08-29 Leigh Sherer, Jasper Alabama, Miss America (Alabama-Top 10-1996)
  • 1973-11-26 John Zimmerman, pairs skater (& Steigler), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1974-06-03 Alison McCreary, Florence Alabama, Miss America (Alabama-4th-1997)
  • 1974-11-18 Autumn Smith, Miss USA-Alabama (1997, top 10)
  • 1975-01-25 John Piersma, American 200m/400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Huntsville, Alabama
  • 1975-02-18 Scott Tucker, 400m/800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Person of interestReese Witherspoon

1976-03-22 Reese Witherspoon, American actress (Pleasantville, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama), born in New Orleans, Louisiana


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