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5 Fun Facts About December 9 In Alabama History

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1. In 1933, the state of Alabama officially ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, which repealed the nationwide prohibition of alcohol.

2. On December 9, 1952, a devastating F4 tornado struck the town of Tutwiler, Mississippi, just across the state line from Alabama. The tornado caused significant damage and claimed the lives of 5 people.

3. In 1965, the Alabama State Capitol building in Montgomery was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Designed by architects Barachias Holt and George P. Thorton, the Capitol was completed in 1851 and has played a significant role in Alabama's political history.

4. December 9, 1856, marks the birth of Henry Ossian Flipper, the first African American graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Flipper went on to serve as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army, but was later court-martialed and dismissed after being falsely accused of embezzlement.

5. On this day in 1930, Alabama Governor Bibb Graves signed what became known as the "Bone-Dry Law," which prohibited the sale of alcoholic beverages in the state. The law remained in effect until 1933, when prohibition was repealed at the national level.
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