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5 Fun Facts About June 28 In Alabama History

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1. In 1966, three civil rights workers were brutally murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Two of the victims, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, were from New York, while the third, James Chaney, was from Meridian, Mississippi. The killings helped to galvanize support for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

2. In 1991, former Alabama Governor Guy Hunt was convicted of ethics violations and removed from office. Hunt, who had served as the state's chief executive from 1987 to 1993, was found guilty of using state funds to pay for personal expenses, such as vacations and clothing.

3. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments could not be displayed in courthouses and other government buildings. The decision came in response to a lawsuit challenging the placement of a large granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery.

4. In 2013, a severe thunderstorm caused widespread damage and power outages across much of Alabama. The storm, which included intense lightning strikes, high winds, and torrential rain, triggered numerous tornado warnings and watches.

5. In 2019, Auburn University's baseball team advanced to the College World Series for the first time in almost 20 years. The Tigers, coached by Butch Thompson, defeated their rivals from the University of Alabama in the NCAA Super Regionals to secure their spot in the prestigious tournament.
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