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5 Fun Facts About April 26 In Alabama History

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1) On April 26, 1865, the last major battle of the Civil War was fought in Alabama at the Battle of Fort Blakeley. Union forces, led by General Frederick Steele, captured the fort which helped seal the Confederacy's fate.

2) In 1913, the Alabama State Capitol building was dedicated on April 26. The Beaux-Arts style building was designed by Montgomery architect Frank Lockwood and features a domed roof and grand staircase.

3) April 26, 1930 marked the grand opening of Birmingham's famous Alabama Theatre. The theater, known for its stunning interior design and iconic marquee, continues to be a popular venue for musical performances and movies.

4) On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster occurred in Ukraine which had global implications. In Alabama, concerns about radiation exposure led to a significant increase in demand for potassium iodide tablets, which are used to protect against radioactive iodine.

5) In 2011, devastating tornadoes ripped through central Alabama on April 26, leaving behind a path of destruction and claiming more than 250 lives. The event, known as the 2011 Super Outbreak, produced the largest number of tornadoes ever recorded in a single day.
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