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5 Fun Facts About November 9 In Alabama History

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1. In 1866, the first recorded walking match in Alabama took place in Mobile on November 9. The race was between two pedestrians, and the winner was awarded a $50 prize.

2. On November 9, 1907, the USS Alabama battleship was launched in Portsmouth, Virginia. The ship served in both World War I and II, and is now on display at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile.

3. The town of Fort Payne, Alabama was incorporated on November 9, 1946. The town is best known as the home of the country music group Alabama, which took its name from the state.

4. On November 9, 1961, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site was established in Macon County, Alabama. The site commemorates the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black pilots in the United States military.

5. The Alabama State Capitol building was dedicated on November 9, 1963. The building is located in Montgomery and serves as the home of the Alabama Legislature and the office of the Governor of Alabama.
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