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5 Fun Facts About December 4 In Alabama History

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1. In 1826, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of a navy yard in Mobile Bay, Alabama. The navy yard played a critical role during the Civil War, providing Confederate forces with naval support and serving as a Union blockade base.

2. On December 4, 1889, Alabama became the 22nd state to ratify the United States Constitution’s 15th Amendment. The amendment prohibited the denial of voting rights based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

3. The first football game played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa occurred on December 4, 1929. The University of Alabama defeated Mississippi College 55-0 in the new stadium, which had a seating capacity of 18,000 at the time.

4. On December 4, 1956, Alabama Governor Jim Folsom took office for the second time. Folsom was noted for his progressive policies, including support for both civil rights and education funding.

5. The Alabama Crimson Tide won the SEC championship on December 4, 1999, defeating the Florida Gators 34-7. The victory secured Alabama’s spot in the Orange Bowl and marked the team’s first SEC championship win since 1992.
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