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5 Fun Facts About July 14 In Alabama History

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1. In 1956, Governor James Folsom declared July 14 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day in Alabama, honoring the controversial Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader. In recent years, there have been efforts to end this recognition of Forrest.

2. On July 14, 1964, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This landmark legislation outlawed discrimination in employment, education, and public accommodations on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

3. In 1982, B.B. Comer Memorial Library in Sylacauga, Alabama was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The library, which opened in 1939, was built with a grant from the Federal Works Project Administration and named for Alabama Governor B.B. Comer.

4. On July 14, 2015, a gunman attacked two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, killing four Marines and a Navy sailor. The shootings had a profound impact on nearby military communities, including those in Alabama.

5. July 14 is also celebrated as National Nude Day. While this holiday may not have a significant impact on Alabama history, it is celebrated by some residents and visitors to clothing-optional resorts and beaches in the state.
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