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5 Fun Facts About June 25 In Alabama History

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1. In 1965, the Alabama state government officially recognized the Tuskegee Airmen by declaring June 25th as "Tuskegee Airmen Day". The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American military pilots who served during World War II and were integral to the integration of the armed forces.

2. On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died in Los Angeles, California. Jackson's family had deep roots in Alabama, and he spent much of his childhood in the state. The small town of Phenix City even declared a day of mourning for the singer.

3. The landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which established a constitutional right to privacy, was decided by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, 1965. Although it did not have a direct impact on Alabama law at the time, the case remains an important precedent in the ongoing debate over privacy rights in the state.

4. In 1973, the University of Alabama football team was placed on probation by the NCAA for rules violations. This was a particularly harsh punishment, as the Crimson Tide had just won the national championship the previous year. The team's troubles on and off the field continued throughout the 1970s.

5. On June 25, 1958, businessman and philanthropist George Wallace Jr. was inaugurated as the governor of Alabama. Wallace's controversial and divisive tenure in office would be marked by his staunch support of segregation and his infamous "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door", in which he attempted to block the integration of the University of Alabama.
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