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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Alabama History

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1. Alabama was admitted to the Union on December 14, 1819, but it was on November 23, 1819, that the first session of the Alabama territorial legislature was held in Huntsville.

2. On November 23, 1863, during the Civil War, Union soldiers under General William T. Sherman burned the town of Griswoldville, Georgia, just across the state line from Alabama. The town had been a center of Confederate manufacturing and was targeted by Sherman's "March to the Sea."

3. In 1936, on November 23, the first Iron Bowl was played between the University of Alabama and Auburn University. Auburn won 6-0.

4. On November 23, 1959, the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, which had been in operation since 1857, was closed. The railroad had been an important transportation link in Alabama and the surrounding states.

5. On November 23, 1984, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team defeated the Auburn Tigers 17-15 in a game known as the "Kick Six." With no time remaining on the clock, Alabama attempted a 57-yard field goal which fell short and was caught in the end zone by Auburn's Chris Davis, who then returned it 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown.
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