Today in Alabama History

Alabama: Birmingham - Mobile, AL - Montgomery, AL

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 104

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
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
1959-12-19 - 1st Liberty Bowl game-Penn State beats Alabama 7-0
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
1973-12-31 - 40th Sugar Bowl: Notre Dame 24 beats Alabama 23
Musician and Beatle John LennonMusician and Beatle John Lennon 1975-03-22 - A fire at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, Alabama causes dangerous lowering of cooling water levels.
1975-12-31 - 42nd Sugar Bowl: Alabama 13 beats Penn State 6
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
1991-12-28 - Blockbuster Bowl 2: Alabama beats Colorado, 30-25
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.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 66 of 66

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
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
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)
MLB Legend Willie MaysMLB Legend Willie Mays (1931-05-06) 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)
1942-04-09 - Earl F Hillard, (Rep-D-Alabama)
1942-05-05 - Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], Redbay Alabama, country singer (Stand by your Man), (d. 1998)
1942-10-12 - Melvin Franklin, Montgomery Alabama, musician (The Temptations)
1943-02-03 - Dennis Edwards, Fairfield Alabama, lead singer of the The Temptations ("Papa was a Rollin' Stone")
Country singer Tammy WynetteCountry singer Tammy Wynette (1942-05-05) 1943-06-08 - Willie Davenport, Troy Alabama, American bobsledder/hurdler (Olympic-gold-1968)
1944-10-03 - Bob Riley, American politician, governor of Alabama
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, Fort Payne Alabama, American golfer (three-time Major Championship winner)
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)
Singer Lionel RichieSinger Lionel Richie (1949-06-20) 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
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)
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)
NBA Power Forward Charles BarkleyNBA Power Forward Charles Barkley (1963-02-20) 1963-06-13 - Jeff Brehaut, Mountain View CA, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Alabama-3rd)
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)
1979-02-08 - 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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