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5 Fun Facts About December 24 In Alabama History

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1. Christmas Eve in Alabama is traditionally celebrated with family gatherings and church services. Many families attend Midnight Mass or participate in caroling events across the state.

2. On December 24, 1818, Alabama became the 22nd state to be admitted into the Union. The state's rich history and contributions to the country can be traced back to its early days as a territory and state.

3. In 1955, Montgomery, Alabama was the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement when Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a city bus. This event sparked the successful Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted over a year and ultimately led to the desegregation of public transportation in the city.

4. On December 24, 1864, Union forces under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman were camped in Savannah, Georgia, after completing their famous March to the Sea. The Army was preparing to launch an attack on Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River in Georgia.

5. The National Football League's Birmingham Americans became the first champions of the World Football League on December 24, 1974. The Americans defeated the Florida Blazers, 22-21, in the World Bowl game held in Birmingham, Alabama.
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