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5 Fun Facts About October 3 In Alabama History

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1. In 1955, the first African American student, Autherine Lucy, was admitted to the University of Alabama. However, she faced harassment and was eventually expelled. It wasn't until 2018 that the university formally apologized to Lucy and honored her with a plaque.

2. On October 3, 1862, Union troops defeated Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Corinth in Mississippi. This battle is significant in Alabama history because it helped secure control of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, a vital supply line for Confederate troops in Alabama.

3. In 1900, the town of Ozark in Alabama was incorporated. Today, it is the county seat of Dale County and home to several historic sites, including the Carroll Wilson Cotton Gin and the Ozark Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

4. On October 3, 1924, the first football game was played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The stadium has since been home to many notable games and events, including the Alabama Crimson Tide's 1992 national championship and concerts by Elton John and Van Halen.

5. In 1961, the Freedom Rides, a series of protests against segregation in the South, arrived in Montgomery, Alabama. The riders were met with violence and arrests, but their actions helped bring attention to the Civil Rights Movement and lead to the integration of interstate transportation.
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