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5 Fun Facts About August 14 In Alabama History

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1. Alabama became the 22nd state of the United States on August 14, 1819. This day is now celebrated as Alabama Statehood Day.

2. In 1955, civil rights activist Claudette Colvin was arrested at the age of 15 for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. This act of defiance, which occurred on August 14, nine months before Rosa Parks also refused to give up her seat, helped spark the Montgomery bus boycott and the wider civil rights movement.

3. On August 14, 1936, Jesse Owens, a native of Oakville, Alabama, won his fourth gold medal at the Olympic Games in Berlin, becoming the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single Olympiad.

4. On August 14, 1964, the bodies of three civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, were found buried in an earthen dam in Neshoba County, Mississippi. The three had been working to register African American voters as part of the "Freedom Summer" campaign. The incident received widespread media coverage and helped galvanize support for the civil rights movement.

5. On August 14, 2018, Kay Ivey, Alabama's first female governor, won the Republican primary election in a landslide, securing her position as the state's governor for a full term. She has since worked to address issues such as prison reform, workforce development, and rural health care.
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