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5 Fun Facts About April 21 In Alabama History

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1. In 1836, the Battle of Crooked Creek took place in Sumter County, Alabama during the Creek War. It was a strategic victory for the Alabama militia against the Creek Native American tribe.

2. On April 21, 1910, the Birmingham News reported the death of Dr. William James Mayo, one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic. Mayo was born in Le Sueur, Minnesota, but spent much of his life in Rochester, Minnesota where the Mayo Clinic was established.

3. In 1930, Alabama governor Bibb Graves signed a bill that created the Alabama State Employment Service. The organization was established to assist Alabamians in finding employment during the Great Depression.

4. The Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots to serve in the United States military, were established on April 21, 1943. The group was based at the Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama and flew combat missions during World War II.

5. In 1970, Alabama Governor Albert Brewer signed the Environmental Protection Act into law. The legislation established the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and provided for the protection of the state's air, land, and water resources.
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