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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In Alabama History

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1. On March 23, 1861, Alabama became the fourth state to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy, setting the stage for the American Civil War.

2. In 1885, the Alabama state legislature passed the "Alabama Interference Law," which prohibited a teacher from being dismissed or having their salary reduced due to their political beliefs.

3. On March 23, 1940, the first rocket launch ever made from U.S. soil took place at the U.S. Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The rocket, which was designed and built by scientists led by Dr. Wernher von Braun, reached a height of just under 2.5 miles.

4. In 1981, the Alabama legislature designated the "Square Dance" as the official state folk dance, recognizing the important role this traditional American dance form played in the state's cultural heritage.

5. On March 23, 2019, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team held its annual "A-Day" game, which serves as the final scrimmage of spring practice and gives fans a preview of the upcoming season. In the game, the Crimson team defeated the White team by a score of 31-17.
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