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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In Alabama History

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1. Groundhog Day
While not specific to Alabama, February 2 is well-known for being Groundhog Day. This annual tradition held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, involves a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil emerging from his burrow to predict the weather for the upcoming weeks. If he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If not, spring will arrive early.

2. Alabama statehood
In 1819, Alabama officially became the 22nd state to join the United States of America. Its history dates back to its first human inhabitants, various Native American tribes. Europeans began settling in Alabama in the late 1600s, and the state's economy became heavily reliant on agriculture.

3. Fort Toulouse burned
Fort Toulouse, a French colonial fort that played a crucial role in trading and diplomacy with the Muscogee people, was burned to the ground on February 2, 1814. This event occurred during the Creek War, which pitted American forces against Native American groups who were fighting for their right to keep traditional land.

4. Alabama tornado outbreak
February 2, 1951, marked one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in Alabama history. Over 80 people were killed and hundreds more injured as tornadoes swept through the state, causing widespread destruction.

5. Rosa Parks' birthday
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 2, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Parks famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955, which sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycotts and ignited the Civil Rights Movement. Parks' brave act of resistance became a symbol of the ongoing fight for racial equality and justice.
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