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Star lover
May 21st, 2018, 07:48 AM
Alabama Facts and Trivia

- Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.

- Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon. Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the World.

- The world's first Electric Trolley System was introduced in Montgomery in 1886.

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- Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.

- Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America. The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861.

- Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819.

- The town of Enterprise houses the Boll Weevil Monument to acknowledge the role this destructive insect played in encouraging farmers to grow crops other than cotton.

- Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934.

- Boxer Joe Louis was born in Lexington in 1914. He died in 1981.

- "Alabama" is the official state song.

- Baseball player Willie Howard Mays was born in Westfield in 1931.

- A skeleton of a pre-historic man was found in Russell Cave.

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- At 2,405 feet Cheaha Mountain is Alabama's highest point above sea level.

- The Alabama Department of Archives is the oldest state-funded archival agency in the nation.

- The musical singing group Alabama has a Fan Club and Museum in Fort Payne.

- In 1902 Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill performed the first open heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere by suturing a stab wound in a young boy's heart. The surgery occurred in Montgomery.

- To help fund education Alabama instituted its state sales tax in 1937.

- In 1956 the Army Ballistic Missile Agency was established at Huntsville's Redstone Arsenal.

- Governor George C. Wallace served four terms in office.

- In 1995 Heather Whitestone serves as first Miss America chosen with a disability.

- The word Alabama means tribal town in the Creek Indian language.

- The United States Army Chemical Corps Museum in Fort McClellan contains over 4000 chemical warfare artifacts.

- Hitler's typewriter survived from his mountain retreat and is exhibited at the Hall of History in Bessemer.

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- Mobile is named after the Mauvilla Indians.

- Peter Bryce is recognized as the state's first psychiatrist. He was born in 1834 and died in 1892.

- The Alabama State Flag was authorized by the Alabama legislature on February 16, 1895.

- Hematite is Alabama's official state mineral and is known as oxide of iron (Fe2O3).

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- The Monarch butterfly (Danaus pleipuss) is the state's official insect.

- The star blue quartz is the state's official gemstone. (Ooooooh, pretty!)

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- The Florence Renaissance Faire is the Alabama's official fair.

- The pecan is the Alabama's official nut.

- People from Alabama are called Alabamians.

- On January 11, 1861 Alabama becomes the fourth state to secede from the Union.

- On January 28, 1846 Montgomery was selected as capital of Alabama.

- Tallulah Bankhead entertained as a star of stage, screen, and radio during the 1930s-1950s. She was born in Huntsville in 1902 and died in 1968.

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- Singer and entertainer Nathaniel Adams (Nat King) Cole was known as the man with the velvet voice. He was born in Montgomery in 1919 and died in 1965.

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- Alabama resident Sequoyah devised the phonetic, written alphabet of the Cherokee language.

- The Birmingham Airport opened in 1931. At the time of the opening a Birmingham to Los Angeles flight took 19 hours.

- Audemus jura nostra defendere is the official state motto. Translated it means "we dare defend our rights."

- General Andrew Jackson defeated the Creek Indians in 1814. Following the event the Native Americans ceded nearly half the present state land to the United States.

- At the Battle of Mobile Bay Admiral David Farragut issued his famous command, "**** the torpedoes, full speed ahead." The event occurred on August 5, 1864.


You can tour: Blue Bell Creameries in Sylacauga, Alabama.
Bud's Best Cookies in Hoover, AL.
Golden Flake in Birmingham, AL. Potato Chips.
Hyundai in Montgomery, AL.
Mercedes-Benz U.S.International in Tuscaloosa, AL and
Tiffin Motorhomes in Red Bay, AL

Thank you to Lori (Hulamoon) for the tour info!

Vonnie
May 21st, 2018, 08:11 AM
Thanks Anita!

We lived there for 14 years and I did not know half of what you posted!

And my oldest went to space camp in Huntsville - had a blast!

TMP
May 21st, 2018, 09:17 AM
Thank you! I have lived in Alabama since 1989. I also didn't know half off what you posted. BTW you left this out WAR EAGLE!!!

Star lover
May 21st, 2018, 09:38 AM
How on earth could I have missed this........fanatastic story!

"War Eagle" is Auburn's battle cry -- not a mascot or nickname. "War Eagle" has become a way for the Auburn family to greet and identify with each other all over the world. Anywhere you're wearing something with an Auburn logo on it, chances are you'll hear a friendly "War Eagle!"

The most popular story about the battle cry dates back to the first time Auburn met Georgia on the football field in 1892 and centers around a spectator who was a veteran of the Civil War. In the stands with him that day was an eagle the old soldier had found on a battlefield during the war. He had kept it as a pet for almost 30 years.

According to witnesses, the eagle suddenly broke free and began majestically circling the playing field. As the eagle soared, Auburn began a steady march toward the Georgia end zone for a thrilling victory. Elated at their team's play and taking the bird's presence as an omen of success, Auburn students and fans began to yell "War Eagle" to spur on their team. At the game's end, the eagle took a sudden dive, crashed into the ground, and died.

But the battle cry "War Eagle" lived on to become a symbol of the proud Auburn spirit.

Whenever Auburn people gather, the battle cry "Warrrrrrr Eagle!" is almost certain to be heard. It has been a part of Auburn's spirit for more than 100 years.

Since 1930, and continuously since 1960, Auburn has kept a live golden eagle on campus. Since 2001 Auburn has presented an untethered eagle to fly over Jordan-Hare stadium prior to the start of football games. War Eagle VII, a golden eagle named Nova, along with Spirit, a bald eagle, perform the War Eagle Flight before all Auburn home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium.

grammaterry
May 21st, 2018, 10:27 AM
And Jimmy ROdgers