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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Alabama History

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1. Tuskegee Airmen Day - February 16, 2019 was officially recognized as Tuskegee Airmen Day in Auburn, Alabama. This day honors the famed group of African American aviators who trained at Tuskegee Institute during World War II.

2. Alabama Statehood Day - February 16 marks the anniversary of Alabama's admission to the Union in 1819 as the 22nd state. Alabama was originally part of Mississippi Territory and was named after the Alabama River.

3. Enrollment deadline for Affordable Care Act - In 2015, February 16 was the deadline for individuals to enroll in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act for coverage in 2015. This deadline was extended due to technical issues with the website.

4. Tornado outbreak - On February 16, 2008, a devastating tornado outbreak struck the southeastern United States, including Alabama. The storms killed over 50 people and caused millions of dollars in damage.

5. World's largest peanut butter cup - On February 16, 2012, the world's largest peanut butter cup was created in Birmingham, Alabama. Weighing in at over 700 pounds, it contained over 1,300 cups of peanut butter and over 2,800 pounds of chocolate. The giant confection was made by the nonprofit group Workshops, Inc. in an effort to promote job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
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