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5 Fun Facts About June 10 In Alabama History

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1. June 10, 1963 was the date on which Governor George Wallace stood in the doorway of the University of Alabama in an attempt to block the enrollment of two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. This event is now known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" and has become an iconic moment in the American Civil Rights Movement.

2. In 1845, Alabama became the 22nd state to join the United States of America. To commemorate this event, the Alabama State Capitol was designed with 22 columns on the portico, one for each state in the Union at the time.

3. On June 10, 1950, the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Birmingham to quell race riots. The riots broke out when a black driver was arrested for reckless driving and rumors spread that he had been killed while in police custody. The arrival of the troops helped to restore order and prevent further violence.

4. In 1917, the city of Mobile was the site of a deadly explosion that killed over 300 people and injured thousands more. The explosion occurred when a French cargo ship loaded with munitions collided with a Norwegian vessel in the harbor. The resulting blast was so powerful that it was felt over 100 miles away.

5. On June 10, 2006, the Auburn University football team won its first national championship since 1957, defeating the University of Nebraska 17-14 in the FedEx Orange Bowl. The victory capped off an undefeated season for Auburn and solidified its place in college football history.
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