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5 Fun Facts About November 28 In Alabama History

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Below are five interesting facts about November 28 in Alabama history:

1. In 1820, Alabama's first governor, William Wyatt Bibb, died from injuries he sustained in a horseback riding accident in Elmore County. He served as governor for less than two years but was instrumental in establishing the state's first public school system.

2. In 1919, the Alabama State Board of Health reported the first case of the Spanish flu in the state. The flu pandemic would go on to kill an estimated 12,000 Alabamians.

3. In 1942, the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American pilots in the U.S. military, were officially activated as a unit. They trained in Tuskegee, Alabama, and went on to prove their valor during World War II.

4. In 1961, the University of Alabama's football team, coached by Paul "Bear" Bryant, defeated Auburn University 10-0 in the Iron Bowl. The win secured Alabama's first Southeastern Conference championship in 25 years and marked the beginning of Alabama's dominance in college football under Bryant.

5. In 2008, an EF-4 tornado struck downtown Wetumpka, Alabama. The tornado destroyed much of the historic town's commercial district, including the courthouse, which dated back to the 1800s. Fortunately, no one was killed or seriously injured in the storm.
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