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5 Fun Facts About June 15 In Alabama History

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1. In 1836, Arkansas officially became a state, with June 15 marking the day that Alabama Senator William Rufus King introduced the bill to Congress for Arkansas's admission to the Union.
2. On June 15, 1949, the city of Mobile, Alabama held its first Mardi Gras parade since 1941 due to World War II. The parade, organized by the Mobile Carnival Association, has since become an annual tradition in the city.
3. In 1963, Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in his driveway in Jackson, Mississippi. Evers had ties to Alabama, having worked as field secretary for the NAACP in the state from 1954 until his death.
4. On June 15, 2007, the Alabama legislature approved a bill to provide compensation to living survivors of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. The bombing, carried out by members of the Ku Klux Klan, killed four African American girls and injured dozens more.
5. In 2020, the state of Alabama held its primary elections on June 15. Notably, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came in second place in the Republican primary for his old Senate seat, ultimately losing to former football coach Tommy Tuberville.
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