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5 Fun Facts About September 13 In Alabama History

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1. On September 13, 1814, during the War of 1812, the Battle of Mobile Bay took place in Alabama. The battle, which was fought between the United States and Great Britain, was a decisive American victory and helped to secure control of the Gulf of Mexico.

2. On September 13, 1922, legendary Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was born in Moro Bottom, Arkansas. Bryant went on to lead the University of Alabama to six national championships and is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history.

3. On September 13, 1963, Governor George Wallace attempted to block the integration of the University of Alabama by standing in the schoolhouse door. The standoff ended when President John F. Kennedy federalized the Alabama National Guard and forced Wallace to step aside.

4. On September 13, 1999, Hurricane Georges made landfall in Alabama, causing widespread damage and flooding. The storm was one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit the Gulf Coast in the 20th century, causing nearly $10 billion in damage and claiming dozens of lives.

5. On September 13, 2011, the Alabama Crimson Tide football team defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 27-11 in a highly anticipated game at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. The victory helped solidify Alabama's status as one of the top teams in college football and set the stage for their eventual National Championship win later that season.
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