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5 Fun Facts About November 20 In Alabama History

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1. The state of Alabama was admitted to the Union on November 20, 1819, becoming the 22nd state.

2. In 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began on November 20. African Americans stopped riding city buses to protest the segregated seating, and the boycott lasted for over a year.

3. The Battle of Griswoldville, a battle of the American Civil War, occurred on November 20, 1864. Confederate soldiers attempted to stop Union forces from destroying the town, but were ultimately unsuccessful.

4. On November 20, 1982, the University of Alabama football team won its 300th game at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.

5. The Birmingham Six, a group of Irish men falsely accused and convicted of bombing a pub in Birmingham, England, were released from prison on November 20, 1991, after spending 16 years behind bars. One of the men, Paddy Hill, currently resides in Alabama and regularly speaks out against injustice in the criminal justice system.
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