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5 Fun Facts About April 25 In Alabama History

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1. On April 25, 1808, former Alabama Governor Gabriel Moore was born in Stokes County, North Carolina. Moore was elected governor of Alabama in 1829 and served until 1831. During his time in office, he worked to improve the state's infrastructure and education system.

2. On April 25, 1862, a Confederate cavalry raid took place in Alabama known as the Battle of Bridgeport. The Confederate forces under General Nathan Bedford Forrest destroyed a Union supply train in Bridgeport, Alabama, helping to disrupt Union supply lines and logistics during the Civil War.

3. On April 25, 1923, the Alabama state legislature passed an anti-evolution law, making it illegal to teach the theory of evolution in public schools. The law was passed in response to the Scopes Trial, in which a high school teacher in Tennessee was convicted of teaching evolution. The Alabama law was eventually overturned in 1963.

4. On April 25, 1961, Tuskegee Airman Robert J. Friend became the first African American to fly a supersonic jet. Friend had served as a pilot in World War II and went on to work as a test pilot and engineer for the United States Air Force.

5. On April 25, 2011, a series of devastating tornadoes swept through Alabama, killing over 240 people and causing widespread destruction. The storms were part of a larger outbreak of tornadoes that affected several states in the southeastern United States, and were among the deadliest tornadoes in Alabama's history.
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