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5 Fun Facts About October 20 In Alabama History

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1. On October 20, 1942, the first class of the Tuskegee Airmen, an African American military aviator group, graduated from their training program at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama.

2. In 1914, on October 20, Birmingham, Alabama held its first public library meeting. The library officially opened to the public on June 1, 1927.

3. On October 20, 2018, the University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 58-21 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

4. On October 20, 1947, Alabama entrepreneur Paul W. Bryant opened his first grocery store, which eventually led to the creation of the popular grocery store chain, Piggly Wiggly.

5. On October 20, 1858, Alabama Governor John Winston Jones signed the first law in the state regulating the operation of railroads, which helped to establish the state's transportation infrastructure.
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