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5 Fun Facts About August 3 In Alabama History

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1. On August 3, 1813, the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek took place in present-day Escambia County. This was one of the first major battles of the Creek War, a conflict between the United States and the Creek Nation that lasted from 1813 to 1814.

2. In 1915, the landmark court case Guinn v. United States was decided on August 3. This case struck down the "grandfather clause," a measure that had been used in some Southern states to prevent African Americans from voting.

3. Baseball legend Hank Aaron was born in Mobile on August 3, 1934. Aaron would go on to become one of the greatest players in baseball history, setting numerous records and earning induction into the Hall of Fame.

4. The Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American military pilots who served in World War II, were officially activated on August 3, 1941. The Tuskegee Airmen received widespread recognition for their bravery and skill, as well as for breaking racial barriers in the military.

5. On August 3, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This law prohibited discriminatory voting practices and greatly expanded access to the ballot for African Americans and other minority groups.
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