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5 Fun Facts About April 8 In Alabama History

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1. On April 8, 1901, the capital city of Alabama was officially moved from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery. The decision to move the capital was made to bring it closer to the center of population and to support the growing industry in the city.

2. On April 8, 1935, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began construction on the Alabama State Capitol Building in Montgomery. The building, which was completed in 1851, was in need of major renovations at the time.

3. On April 8, 1963, Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama for leading nonviolent demonstrations against racial segregation. His arrest, along with the incarceration of other civil rights leaders, led to the Birmingham Campaign and ultimately to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

4. On April 8, 1978, the Alabama Historic Commission dedicated the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile. The park features the battleship USS Alabama, a submarine, and a collection of military aircraft.

5. On April 8, 2000, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the Orange Bowl against the Florida State Seminoles, clinching their first national championship in over 20 years. The team, coached by Dennis Franchione, finished the season with a 13-0 record.
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