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5 Fun Facts About November 17 In Alabama History

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1. The University of Alabama was founded on November 17, 1831, making it one of the oldest universities in the United States.

2. On November 17, 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman began his infamous March to the Sea, an important campaign that helped bring an end to the American Civil War.

3. On November 17, 1957, a federal court ordered the integration of the public schools in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, marking an important moment in the civil rights movement.

4. On November 17, 1962, Wernher von Braun, who was the director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, successfully launched the first Saturn I rocket, an important step in America's race to the moon.

5. On November 17, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion occurred off the coast of Alabama, causing the largest oil spill in U.S. history and resulting in significant environmental damage.
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