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5 Fun Facts About April 20 In Alabama History

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1. On April 20, 1836, the Battle of Pierre's Hole took place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Although the battle itself did not occur in Alabama, several of the participants were from Alabama, including missionary William Gray and trapper Osborne Russell.

2. In 1853, the Alabama legislature approved the establishment of the first state-funded college for women, the Alabama Female Institute (now known as Judson College), on April 20.

3. On April 20, 1926, a tornado outbreak struck Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, causing extensive damage and claiming over 300 lives.

4. In 1946, Mobile native and legendary baseball player Hank Aaron signed his first contract with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League on April 20.

5. On April 20, 1999, two students from Columbine High School in Colorado carried out a mass shooting, resulting in 15 deaths (including the perpetrators) and numerous injuries. Although not directly related to Alabama history, the event had a profound impact on school safety and gun control measures across the country.
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