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5 Fun Facts About January 27 In Alabama History

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1. On January 27, 1830, the town of Tuskegee in Macon County, Alabama was incorporated. The town is known for its historic Tuskegee University and the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who served in World War II.

2. In 1881, the Alabama State Normal School for white teachers was established in Florence, Alabama on January 27. Today, the school is known as the University of North Alabama.

3. On January 27, 1993, a tornado outbreak struck Alabama, with 11 tornadoes touching down in the state. The strongest tornado was an F4, which hit the town of Vernon in Lamar County, killing three people and causing widespread damage.

4. In 1906, the Birmingham Municipal Auditorium opened its doors on January 27. The Art Deco-style building has hosted numerous events over the years, including concerts, political rallies, and sporting events.

5. On January 27, 1964, basketball player Charles Barkley was born in Leeds, Alabama. Barkley went on to have a successful NBA career, playing for teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
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