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5 Fun Facts About February 14 In Alabama History

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1) Alabama's first constitution was adopted on February 14, 1819, making Alabama a state in the United States.

2) On February 14, 1864, during the American Civil War, the Union Army under General William T. Sherman burned Meridian, Mississippi, which was an important railroad junction for the Confederate Army. Alabama troops were part of the Confederacy and were affected by this event.

3) Alabama's first African American astronaut, Mae Jemison, was born on February 14, 1956 in Decatur, Alabama. She went on to become the first African American woman to travel in space.

4) On February 14, 1965, civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot by a state trooper while participating in a peaceful protest in Marion, Alabama. His death sparked the Selma to Montgomery marches and was a catalyst for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

5) In 2012, a tornado outbreak occurred in Alabama on February 14, causing significant damage and loss of life. Over 30 tornadoes were reported in the state, with the hardest-hit areas being in Jefferson and Shelby counties.
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