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5 Fun Facts About December 22 In Alabama History

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1. On December 22, 1819, Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state of the United States. The state capital of Alabama was initially located in the city of Tuscaloosa until it was moved to Montgomery in 1846.

2. The Battle of Selma occurred on December 22, 1864, during the American Civil War. Union General James H. Wilson led his troops in an attack against the Confederate-held city of Selma, which was a major industrial center for the South. The Union forces were successful in capturing Selma and destroying much of its infrastructure.

3. On December 22, 1932, the Alabama Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in the case of Ex parte Hinton. The case involved the unfair treatment of African American defendants in Alabama courts, and the ruling led to reforms in the state's legal system.

4. The Birmingham Christmas Parade, one of the largest holiday parades in the Southeast, takes place annually on the first Saturday in December, which often falls close to December 22. The parade features colorful floats, marching bands, and festive decorations.

5. The annual Festival of the Cranes takes place at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama, during the month of December. The festival is a celebration of the thousands of sandhill cranes that migrate to the area each winter, and features guided tours, wildlife exhibits, and educational programs.
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