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5 Fun Facts About October 24 In Alabama History

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1. On October 24, 1945, the United Nations officially came into existence. Alabama was one of the original 51 countries to sign the UN Charter.

2. On October 24, 1946, the University of Alabama's first African American students, Autherine Lucy and Pollie Myers, applied for admission. Although initially admitted, they were later expelled due to protests and threats of violence.

3. On October 24, 1963, the Birmingham-based nonviolent civil rights organization, the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights, led by Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, held a rally in Birmingham's Kelly Ingram Park, which turned violent when authorities began using water hoses and dogs against the demonstrators.

4. On October 24, 1971, the Birmingham Zoo officially opened to the public. The zoo has since become a popular tourist attraction and educational resource for the state of Alabama.

5. On October 24, 2011, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team defeated the LSU Tigers 21-0 in a game dubbed the "Game of the Century" by some. The victory helped propel Alabama to their second national championship in three years.
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