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5 Fun Facts About March 25 In Alabama History

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1. On March 25, 1931, Birmingham-based radio station WAPI aired the first "transcontinental" broadcast of a sporting event, the fight between Max Schmeling and Young Stribling in Cleveland, Ohio.

2. On March 25, 1965, civil rights activists led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to demand voting rights for African Americans. The march was met with violence from state troopers, but ultimately led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

3. On March 25, 1991, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opened its doors to the public. The museum serves as a center for education and research about the American Civil Rights Movement, and features exhibits on segregation, the Montgomery bus boycott, and the Freedom Rides, among other topics.

4. On March 25, 2009, a shooting at a Samson, Alabama k i l l e d ten people and injured six others. The shooter, a 28-year-old man named Michael McLendon, also k i l l e d five of his family members before being killed by law enforcement.

5. On March 25, 2021, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed a bill into law making it legal to use medical cannabis in the state. The law allows patients with qualifying medical conditions to use cannabis products with a doctor's recommendation.
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