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5 Fun Facts About December 12 In Alabama History

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1. In 1819, Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state of the United States on December 12th. It was formed from the territory of Mississippi.

2. On December 12, 1932, a mass lynching took place in the town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Three black men accused of rape were taken from the Tuscaloosa County Jail and lynched by a mob of approximately 200 people.

3. In 1958, the first televised Christmas parade in the United States was held in Birmingham, Alabama on December 12th. The parade was hosted by WBRC-TV and featured floats, Santa Claus, and local celebrities.

4. On December 12, 1979, the Birmingham, Alabama airport was renamed Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in honor of civil rights activist Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth. Shuttlesworth was a key figure in the civil rights movement and played a crucial role in the desegregation of Birmingham.

5. On December 12, 2017, Democrat Doug Jones won the special election for the U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, defeating Republican Roy Moore. Jones was the first Democrat to win a Senate seat in Alabama since 1992, and his victory was considered a major upset in the deeply Republican state.
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