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5 Fun Facts About August 10 In Alabama History

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Here are five interesting facts about August 10 in Alabama history:

1. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by General Lovell H. Rousseau captured the city of Athens in northern Alabama. The Union army burned several buildings, including the courthouse and a college, causing significant damage to the town.

2. On August 10, 1971, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled in the case of Larry Priest, a death row inmate who had challenged the constitutionality of Alabama's death penalty law. The court upheld the law but found that its application had been unconstitutional in Priest's case, resulting in his sentence being reduced to life imprisonment.

3. In 1984, the Birmingham Zoo opened a new exhibit called "Trails of Africa," featuring a variety of African animals, including elephants, lions, and giraffes. The exhibit has since been renovated and expanded, and is now one of the zoo's most popular attractions.

4. On August 10, 1995, baseball legend Ted Williams died at his home in Florida. Williams had a connection to Alabama through his time spent at Maxwell Air Force Base during his military service, and his son John Henry Williams was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1968.

5. In 2010, the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism Bureau launched the "100 Days of Summer" campaign, aimed at promoting the area's beaches and attractions during the peak tourist season. The campaign included a website with daily contests and giveaways, as well as social media and radio promotions.
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