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5 Fun Facts About June 5 In Alabama History

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1. On June 5, 1873, noted African American educator Booker T. Washington delivered his first public address at the opening of Tuskegee Normal School, now known as Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama.

2. In 1943, a major tornado outbreak struck Alabama on June 5, causing extensive damage and claiming the lives of 32 people. This event is now known as the "Gulf Coast Tornado Outbreak" and was one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the state's history.

3. On June 5, 1956, civil rights icon Rosa Parks attended a meeting of the Women's Political Council in Montgomery, Alabama where they discussed the recent arrest of Claudette Colvin, a young black woman who refused to give up her seat on a bus. This event helped lay the groundwork for the Montgomery Bus Boycott later that year.

4. In 1963, segregationist Governor George Wallace gave his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" speech at the University of Alabama on June 5, in an attempt to block the enrollment of African American students. This event ultimately resulted in the integration of the university.

5. On June 5, 1996, Eric Rudolph bombed a women's health clinic in Birmingham, Alabama, killing one person and injuring over 100 others. Rudolph was later identified as a domestic terrorist and sentenced to life imprisonment for this and other bombings.
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