Alabama in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Assassination Attempt

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 American college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant ends his career with University of Alabama (323 wins)
  • 1983-01-17 Alabama Governor George Wallace, becomes governor for a 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
  • 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
  • 1992-01-12 Highest scoring NCAA basketball game; Troy State Trojans defeat DeVry Hoyas 258-149 in Troy, Alabama
  • 1994-03-27 Church in Piedmont Alabama collapses in tornado, 19 killed
  • 1995-01-11 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) granted CFL franchise, experiment only lasts one season
  • 1995-01-15 Southern Alabama begins using new area code 334
  • 1995-07-04 Birmingham Barracudas (based in Alabama) play 1st CFL game beating Winnipeg 38-10 but failed experiment only lasts one season
  • 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
  • 2018-06-03 US Open Women's Golf, Shoal Creek GC: Ariya Jatanugarn of Thailand gives up 7-shot lead but wins in playoff with South Korean Kim Hyo-joo
  • 2018-11-23 Alabama police kill the wrong suspect after a gunman shoots 18-year-old man and 12-year-old girl at Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoovermall
  • 2019-01-29 Approaching polar vortex prompts state of emergency to be declared in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi
  • 2019-03-03 Multiple tornadoes tear through Georgia and Alabama killing at least 23
  • 2019-05-15 Alabama passes law banning abortion in almost all cases including rape or incest
  • 2019-05-23 The last slave ship to smuggle slaves to America from Africa, the Clotilda (sunk 1860), is found in Mobile river, Alabama
  • 2019-10-08 Montgomery, Alabama, home of the US civil rights movement, elects Steven Reed as its first black mayor in 200 years
  • 2020-09-16 Hurricane Sally makes landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, as a category 2 storm bringing serious flooding

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 334

  • 1926-08-08 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1926-09-19 Lurleen Wallace, American politician (46th Governor of Alabama), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 1968)
  • 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)
  • 1927-04-13 George Washington, American boxing trainer (Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2006)
  • 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 (d. 2021)
  • 1929-10-05 Autherine Lucy, 1st African-American to enroll in University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, born in Shiloh, Alabama
  • 1929-11-28 Clarence Fountain, American Grammy Award-winning gospel singer (The Blind Boys of Alabama), born in Tyler, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1930-05-04 Katherine Jackson [Kattie B Screws], American matriarch of the Jackson family, born in Clayton, Alabama
  • 1930-06-12 Jim Nabors, American comedian, actor (Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.) and singer (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 [Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2008)
  • 1931-01-25 Dean Jones, American actor (Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Love Bug), born in Decatur, Alabama (d. 2015)

Willie Mays

1931-05-06 Willie Mays, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (24 x MLB All Star; 12 x Gold Glove Award; 660 career HRs, NL MVP 1954, 65; SF Giants, NY Mets), born in Westfield, Alabama

  • 1931-11-16 Frank Bolling, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1961–62²; Gold Glove Award 1958; Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2020)
  • 1932-07-12 Otis Crandall Davis, American 400m/4X400m relayer (Olympic gold 1960), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1932-09-11 Sonny [Herbert Leon] Callahan, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1932-09-26 Clifton Williams, American major and NASA astronaut, born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 1967)
  • 1932-12-31 George Schlatter, American television producer & director (Laugh-in), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1933-02-09 Jo Ann Prentice, American golfer (6 LPGA titles, US Open runner-up 1962), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1933-04-07 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), born in Birmingham Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1933-10-10 Jay Sebring, American hair stylist and Manson murder victim, born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1934-01-09 Bart Starr, American Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, coach (Green Bay Packers), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2019)

Hank Aaron

1934-02-05 Hank Aaron, American Baseball Hall of Fame right fielder (MLB record 755 HRs; NL MVP 1957; 25 × MLB All-Star; Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2021) [1]

  • 1934-05-06 Richard Shelby, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th district), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Louise Fletcher

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

  • 1934-08-05 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), born in Woodland, Alabama (d. 2009)
  • 1935-03-20 Sam Lay, American drummer and vocalist (Original Thunderbirds; Howlin' Wolf; Bob Dyan; Paul Butterfield), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d, 2022)
  • 1935-06-25 Eddie Floyd, American singer and composer (California Girl, Falcons), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1935-08-20 J. J. Malone, American blues and soul singer, guitarisy, and keyboard player ("It's A Shame"), born in Pete's Corner, Alabama (d. 2004)
  • 1936-01-14 Clarence Carter, American blues singer-songwriter ("Patches"), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1936-11-05 William A. Christenberry, American photographer and artist, born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (d. 2016)
  • 1937-02-01 Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook - song "The Cover of Rolling Stone"), born in Chickasaw, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1937-02-15 Terry Everett, (Rep-R-Alabama)
  • 1937-06-02 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Handy Man"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1937-07-13 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), born in Selma, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 1937-08-15 Ronnie G. Flippo, American politician (US Representative, Alabama(D), 1977-91), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1937-11-10 Albert Hall, American actor (Trouble in Mind, Ryan's 4), born in Brighton, Alabama

Willie McCovey

1938-01-10 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), born in Mobile, Alabama (d. 2018)

  • 1938-06-24 Don Mincher, American MLB 1st baseman, born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1938-07-18 Britt Leach, American actor (Mickey-Spencer's Pilots), born in Gadsden, Alabama

Jimmie Lee Jackson

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

  • 1939-07-02 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - Cloud Nine), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1973)
  • 1939-11-24 Jim Yester, American rock vocalist and guitarist (The Association - "Cherish"; "Windy"; "Time For Living"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1939-12-05 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, born in Bessemer, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • 1939-12-17 Eddie Kendricks, American singer-songwriter (The Temptations - "The Way You Do the Things You Do"; "Just My Imagination"), born in Union Springs, Alabama (d. 1992)

John Lewis

1940-02-21 John Lewis, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2020)

  • 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 - "Love Will Keep Us Together") and female Beach Boy, born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1940-05-10 Arthur Alexander, American singer-songwriter ("Lonely Just Like Me"), whose songs were covered by The Beatles ("Anna"), The Rolling Stones ("You Better Move On"), and Bob Dylan ("Sally Sue Brown"), born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 1993) [1] [2]
  • 1940-05-20 (Frederick) "Shorty" Long, American soul singer, and pianist ("Devil with the Blue Dress On"; "Here Comes The Judge"), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1969)
  • 1940-09-08 Willie Tyler, American ventriloquist (Lester), born in Red Level, Alabama
  • 1940-11-25 Percy Sledge, American soul singer (When A Man Loves A Woman), born in Leighton, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1941-01-30 Gregory Benford, American author & scientist, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1941-03-02 David Satcher, Amdniral and 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2001), born in Anniston, Alabama

Wilson Pickett

1941-03-18 Wilson Pickett, American R&B singer ("In The Midnight Hour"; "Funky Broadway"), born in Prattville, Alabama (d. 2006)

  • 1941-05-02 Clay Carroll, American baseball player, born in Clanton, Alabama
  • 1941-05-23 Jackson Hill, American composer and educator (Voices of Autumn), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1941-07-18 Martha Reeves, American singer (Martha & the Vandellas - "Dancing in the Street"), born in Eufaula, Alabama
  • 1941-08-07 Howard Johnson, American jazz baritone saxophonist and tuba player (SNL band), born in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1941-11-16 Dan Penn, American songwriter, producer and gospel singer (Out in Left Field), born in Vernon, Alabama
  • 1941-11-27 Henry Carr, American athlete (Olympic gold 200m, 4x400m 1964) and football safety (NY Giants), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1942-01-16 Billy Francis, American keyboardist (Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - "Cover of the Rolling Stone"), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2010)

Mitch McConnell

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

  • 1942-04-09 Earl Hilliard, American politician (Rep-D-Alabama), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Tammy Wynette

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

  • 1942-08-04 Cleon Jones, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star, World Series 1969; New York Mets), 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 R&B bass vocalist (The Temptations, 1960-94 - "Ball of Confusion"), born in Montgomery, Alabama (d. 1995)
  • 1943-02-03 Dennis Edwards, American po and R&B singer (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)
  • 1943-02-04 Jimmy Johnson, American session guitarist and co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, born in Sheffield, Alabama (d. 2019)
  • 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 track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), born in Troy, Alabama (d. 2002)
  • 1943-07-23 Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate, born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 2007)
  • 1943-09-21 David Hood, American bassist and trombonist (Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section; Traffic), born in Sheffield, Alabama
  • 1944-01-26 Angela Davis, African American activist, author and professor, born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-02-05 J. R. Cobb, American guitarist & songwriter (Atlanta Rhythm Section, Classic IV), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-06-18 Sandy Posey, American pop and country singer ("Single Girl"), born in Jasper, Alabama
  • 1944-08-15 Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter ("I've Been Lonely For So Long"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-09-16 Betty Kelly, American rocker (Martha Reeves & Vandellas), born in Attalla, Alabama
  • 1944-09-21 Fannie Flagg, American actress and comediene (Candid Camera), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1944-10-03 Bob Riley, American politician (52nd Governor of Alabama), born in Ashland, Alabama
  • 1944-10-15 Kay Ivey, American politician, 54th Governor of Alabama (2017-), born in Camden, Alabama
  • 1945-04-02 Don Sutton, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1972, 73, 75, 77; MLB ERA leader 1980; LA Dodgers), born in Clio, Alabama (d. 2021)
  • 1945-12-25 Ken Stabler, American Pro Football HOF quarterback (4 x Pro Bowl; NFL MVP, First-team All-Pro 1974; Super Bowl 1976; Oakland Raiders), born in Foley, Alabama (d. 2015)
  • 1946-01-08 Elaine Cheris, American Olympic fencer (Olympics 1996), born in Dothan, Alabama
  • 1946-07-30 Neil Bonnett, American race car driver, born in Hueytown, Alabama (d. 1994)
  • 1946-09-08 Dean Daughtry, American rock keyboardist (Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Kinston, Alabama
  • 1946-12-18 Hubert Green, American golfer (US Open 1977, PGA C'ship 1985), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 2018)

Jeff Sessions

1946-12-24 Jeff Sessions [Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III], American Republican politician, US Attorney General (2017-18) and Alabama Senator (1997-2017), born in Selma, Alabama

  • 1946-12-25 Jimmy Buffet, American yacht rock singer-songwriter ("Margaritaville"), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1947-04-02 Emmylou Harris, American country singer ("Together Again"; "Blue Kentucky Girl"), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1947-04-24 Ann Kelly, American popsinger (The Hues Corporation - "Rock The Boat"), born in Fairfield, Alabama
  • 1947-07-16 Alexis Herman, American politician (23rd U.S. Secretary of Labor), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1947-08-08 Brenda Lee Eager, American gospel and soul singer and songwriter, born in Mobile, Alabama
  • 1947-08-22 Bud Cramer, American politician (Rep-D-Alabama), born in Huntsville, Alabama

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