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5 Fun Facts About June 18 In Alabama History

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1. On June 18, 1961, Governor John Patterson used the Alabama National Guard to prevent the integration of the University of Alabama by African American students Vivian Malone and James Hood. This event came to be known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door."

2. In 1812, Alabama's first newspaper, the "Mobile Register," was established. It is still in publication today, making it the oldest continuous newspaper in Alabama.

3. On June 18, 1864, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest led his troops in the Battle of Brices Crossroads, which was a crucial victory for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

4. In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote. Alabama was one of the last states to ratify the amendment, doing so on September 8 of that year.

5. On June 18, 1972, Hank Aaron hit his 662nd career home run, passing Willie Mays to become the all-time National League home run king. Aaron went on to hit 755 home runs in his career, a record that stood for over 30 years.
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