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5 Fun Facts About March 24 In Alabama History

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1. On March 24, 1965, civil rights protestors began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, to demand voting rights for African Americans. The march was met with violence from state troopers and police, culminating in the Bloody Sunday incident.

2. On March 24, 1820, Alabama became a U.S. territory, paving the way for its eventual statehood in 1819. Prior to this, the region was part of the Mississippi Territory and was home to a mix of Native American tribes and European settlers.

3. On March 24, 1874, the Alabama-Brazilian Company was formed in Montgomery, Alabama, with the goal of establishing a colony of Brazilian immigrants in the state. Despite significant efforts, the colony ultimately failed due to a variety of factors, including disease and financial difficulties.

4. On March 24, 1985, Alabama native Willie Mays was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Mays, widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, was born in Westfield, Alabama in 1931 and played for a variety of teams during his illustrious career.

5. On March 24, 1928, the first radio broadcast of an Alabama football game was aired on radio station WAPI in Birmingham. The game was a matchup between Alabama and Mississippi State, and the broadcast helped to popularize the sport of football in the state.
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