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5 Fun Facts About March 1 In Alabama History

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1. In 1867, the Reconstruction-era Alabama constitutional convention convened in Montgomery. This convention aimed to create a new state constitution that would grant greater rights to African Americans and establish a more democratic government.

2. March 1, 1944 saw the unveiling of the USS Alabama battleship, which now serves as a museum ship in Mobile. Commissioned during World War II, the ship saw action in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters before being decommissioned in 1947.

3. The Alabama-Mississippi tornado outbreak occurred on March 1, 1997, killing 14 people and causing extensive damage across the two states. The tornado outbreak was one of the deadliest in U.S. history, and prompted significant changes to tornado forecasting and warning systems.

4. On March 1, 1965, civil rights activists, led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., began the historic Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights. The march stretched over 50 miles and drew participants from across the country, ultimately resulting in the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

5. Alabama became the first state in the U.S. to recognize Rosa Parks Day in 2007. On March 1 each year, the state honors Parks, a civil rights icon who famously refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus in 1955, sparking the Montgomery bus boycott.
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