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5 Fun Facts About June 12 In Alabama History

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1. Alabama celebrated its Bicentennial on June 12, 2019, marking 200 years since becoming a state in 1819. Festivities were held statewide, including a three-day celebration in Montgomery.

2. On June 12, 1963, Governor George Wallace famously tried to block two African American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from enrolling at the University of Alabama. President John F. Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard and ordered Wallace to step aside, allowing the students to enroll.

3. The first known baseball game in Alabama took place on June 12, 1860, in Mobile. The "Paternity of Baseball in Alabama" played against the "Young American Base Ball Club of Mobile" at the city's Spring Hill College.

4. On June 12, 1864, the Confederacy's General Joseph Johnston retreated from the city of Huntsville, Alabama, which was occupied by Union forces under General John B. Croxton. This was a significant moment in the Civil War's Atlanta Campaign.

5. The first Frisbee golf course in Alabama opened on June 12, 1983, in Huntsville. The sport has since grown in popularity across the state, with numerous courses available for players of all levels.
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