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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In Alabama History

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1. In 1961, the Birmingham Zoo officially opened its doors to the public on October 29th. The zoo is currently home to over 950 animals from around the world that reside in naturalistic habitats.

2. On October 29, 1863, Union forces led by General William Rosecrans defeated Confederate forces led by General Braxton Bragg at the Battle of Wauhatchie in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The victory secured the Union's hold on the city and was a significant turning point in the Civil War.

3. On October 29th, 2009, Tim Cook, an Alabama native, became the CEO of Apple Inc. after the resignation of Steve Jobs. Cook had previously served as the company's Chief Operating Officer and played a significant role in the company's success.

4. The Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the sixth-largest Shakespeare festival in the world, was founded on October 29, 1972. Located in Montgomery, the festival presents a variety of classic and contemporary plays and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

5. Alabama's football team began what would become a 28-game undefeated streak on October 29, 1960. The Crimson Tide defeated Tennessee 27-0 in Knoxville and went on to win two national championships during the streak.
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