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5 Fun Facts About July 1 In Alabama History

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1. Alabama became a state: On July 1, 1819, Alabama officially became the 22nd state of the United States.

2. The Civil Rights Act: On July 1, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 went into effect, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

3. The Alabama Flag: Alabama's current state flag was adopted on July 1, 1955. The flag features a red St. Andrew's cross on a white background, which is then surrounded by two bars of white and a bar of red.

4. The start of the Battle of Gettysburg: On July 1, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began. Many soldiers from Alabama fought in the battle, including the 15th Alabama Infantry Regiment, which faced heavy losses.

5. Tuskegee Airmen: On July 1, 1941, the Tuskegee Airmen, America's first black military pilots, began their training at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. Over 1,000 black men went on to become military pilots, making a major contribution to the Allied victory in World War II.
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