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5 Fun Facts About May 15 In Alabama History

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1. The first major battle of the Creek War of 1813-1814 in Alabama occurs on May 15, 1813, at the Battle of Burnt Corn Creek. This battle involved a group of Creek warriors ambushing a group of American settlers, marking the beginning of violent conflict between white settlers and the Creek Nation.

2. The Alabama State Capitol building in Montgomery was dedicated on May 15, 1851. The Greek Revival building served as the state's capitol until 1985 and is now a National Historic Landmark.

3. On May 15, 1972, George Wallace was shot and seriously wounded during a presidential campaign event at Laurel Shopping Center in Maryland. The shooting left him paralyzed from the waist down, and he was forced to withdraw from the presidential race.

4. Medical researcher Luther Leonidas Hill was born on May 15, 1869, in Montgomery, Alabama. Hill is credited with discovering the cause of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and developing a serum to treat the disease.

5. The University of Alabama football program was hit with severe sanctions by the NCAA on May 15, 2001, for recruiting violations. The sanctions included a two-year bowl ban, a reduction in scholarships, and a two-year probation. The program recovered quickly, however, winning the national championship in 2009, 2011, and 2012.
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