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5 Fun Facts About December 31 In Alabama History

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December 31 is the last day of the year and it is also an important day in Alabama's history. Here are 5 interesting facts about this date in Alabama history:

1. Alabama became a state: December 31, 1817, was the day that Alabama became the 22nd state of the United States. The transition from a territory to a state brought a lot of changes to the area, including the establishment of a state government, the creation of new towns and cities, and the expansion of industry.

2. Rufus King elected to the Senate: On December 31, 1819, Rufus King was elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama. He served in the Senate until 1826 and was known for his support of the American System, a plan proposed by Henry Clay to promote economic growth and national unity.

3. Bear Bryant's last game: On December 31, 1982, legendary football coach Bear Bryant coached his last game for the University of Alabama. The game was the Liberty Bowl, which Alabama won 21-15 over the University of Illinois. Bryant had coached at Alabama for 25 years and helped lead the team to six national championships.

4. Tuskegee Airmen honored: On December 31, 2006, the Tuskegee Airmen were honored with a monument in downtown Tuskegee. The monument recognized the accomplishments of the African American pilots who trained at Tuskegee during World War II and fought for their country, despite facing discrimination and segregation.

5. Montgomery holds first New Year's Eve celebration: On December 31, 2012, Montgomery held its first official New Year's Eve celebration in the city's downtown area. The event featured live music, food, and fireworks, and was attended by thousands of people. The tradition has continued each year since then, and has become a popular way for people in the area to ring in the new year.
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