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5 Fun Facts About December 26 In Alabama History

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1. In 1862, the Battle of Chickasaw Bayou began in Mississippi, which was a significant battle in the American Civil War. The Confederate troops won the battle, resulting in a setback for the Union Army's Western Campaign.

2. In 1900, the first known recorded sighting of the Alabama White Thang occurred near Fruithurst, Alabama. The White Thang is a cryptid creature similar to Bigfoot, with reports dating back to the 19th century.

3. In 1956, the Birmingham Zoo in Alabama was officially opened to the public. It remains a popular family attraction and is home to over 500 animals, including endangered species.

4. In 1968, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team won the Orange Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners, finishing the season with a 10-0 record and securing their third national championship.

5. In 2015, the Birmingham Bulls ice hockey team took to the ice for the first time in over a decade, playing in the newly-formed Southern Professional Hockey League. The team won their first game 3-2 against the Mississippi RiverKings.
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