June 16, 2011


Some interesting facts about the fair state -
  • Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world.
  • Alabama workers built the first rocket to put humans on the moon.
  • 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.
  • Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934.
  • Baseball player Willie Howard Mays was born in Westfield in 1931.
  • Huntsville is known as the rocket capital of the World.
  • 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.
  • Hitler's typewriter survived from his mountain retreat and is exhibited at the Hall of History in Bessemer.
  • The pecan is the official nut.
  • People from Alabama are called Alabamians.
  • On January 11, 1861 Alabama becomes the fourth state to secede from the Union.
  • Tallulah Bankhead was born in Huntsville in 1902 and died in 1968.
  • Singer and entertainer Nathaniel Adams (Nat King) Cole was born in Montgomery in 1919 and died in 1965.
  • The Birmingham Airport opened in 1931. At the time of the opening a Birmingham to Los Angeles flight took 19 hours.
  • 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, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." The event occurred on August 5, 1864.

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