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5 Fun Facts About December 10 In Alabama History

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1. Alabama became a state:

December 10, 1819, marks an important day in Alabama's history as it became a state. It gained statehood as the 22nd state of the United States of America.

2. Rosa Parks:

On December 10, 1955, Rosa Parks, a civil rights activist, refused to give up her bus seat to a white person. This incident kick-started the Montgomery bus boycott, which lasted for over a year and ended with the Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.

3. Hank Williams' last performance:

Hank Williams' last performance took place on December 10, 1952, at the Skyline Club in Austin. On the way to his next show in Canton, Ohio, Williams died of a heart attack. Despite his untimely death, Hank Williams' music remains an important part of Alabama's cultural heritage.

4. Eclipse:

On December 10, 1834, Alabama experienced a total solar eclipse. While Alabama had seen solar eclipses before and since, this one was uniquely visible across a large swath of land, including Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

5. Iron Bowl:

The Iron Bowl, Alabama's fierce football rivalry between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, has been played on December 10 twice. First in 1988, when Auburn won 15-10, and second in 1994, when Auburn won 21-14.
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