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5 Fun Facts About May 11 In Alabama History

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1. May 11, 1917: The First Coushatta Indian Fair is held in Elmore County, Alabama. The fair celebrated the culture and heritage of the Coushatta tribe, which has a long history in Alabama.

2. May 11, 1947: The University of Alabama's football team, led by coach Harold "Red" Drew, wins the school's first national championship. The team finished the season 10-0, with wins over several top-ranked opponents.

3. May 11, 1963: Alabama Governor George Wallace announces that he will defy a federal court order to desegregate the state's schools. The announcement spurred widespread protests and became a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement.

4. May 11, 1977: The state legislature passes the Alabama Sunshine Law, which requires government meetings to be open to the public and all records to be accessible to citizens. The law is still in effect today and is considered a model for transparency laws across the country.

5. May 11, 2011: Alabama is hit by a massive tornado outbreak, with over 60 tornadoes touching down across the state. The storms caused widespread damage and resulted in over 200 deaths, making it one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in US history.
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