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5 Fun Facts About June 7 In Alabama History

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1. In 1963, Alabama Governor George Wallace made his infamous "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" at the University of Alabama, attempting to block the enrollment of two Black students in defiance of federal desegregation orders.
2. On June 7, 1946, tennis legend Arthur Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia. Ashe was the first Black player to win the men's singles title at Wimbledon, and he used his platform to advocate for civil rights and HIV/AIDS awareness.
3. The city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama was founded on June 7, 1819. It is the fifth-largest city in the state and home to the University of Alabama.
4. In 2017, former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley resigned from office after pleading guilty to violating campaign finance laws and using state resources for personal reasons.
5. The USS Alabama, a battleship that saw extensive action in World War II and is now a museum ship in Mobile, Alabama, was commissioned on June 7, 1942. Visitors can tour the ship and learn about its history and the experiences of the sailors who served aboard it.
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