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5 Fun Facts About March 7 In Alabama History

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1. On March 7, 1965, civil rights marchers were brutally attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The event became known as "Bloody Sunday" and ultimately led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

2. On March 7, 1875, the first successful electric streetcar in the United States began operation in Montgomery, Alabama. The car was invented and built by Charles Joseph Van Depoele.

3. On March 7, 2005, Alabama became the first state in the United States to ban same-sex marriage. The ban was eventually lifted in 2015 by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

4. On March 7, 1867, the Legislature of Alabama passed a bill incorporating the city of Birmingham. The city would go on to become a major center of industry and culture in the South.

5. On March 7, 1936, Alabama native Jesse Owens set three world records and tied a fourth in a span of 45 minutes at the Big Ten Track and Field Championships in Michigan. Owens went on to win four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany.
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