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5 Fun Facts About September 21 In Alabama History

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1. On September 21, 1934, a powerful hurricane struck Mobile Bay and caused widespread devastation in the Gulf Coast region. The storm, known as the "Great Hurricane of 1934," caused extensive damage to buildings, ships, and infrastructure, and claimed numerous lives.

2. In 1970, the University of Alabama admitted its first African American students to undergraduate programs on September 21, marking a significant milestone in the state's civil rights history. Arthur D. Davis, Jr. and Vivian J. Malone were the first black students to enroll at the university.

3. On September 21, 1969, Gov. Albert Brewer signed the state's first sales tax on food, which sparked controversy and protests from low-income and working-class Alabamians. The tax was eventually repealed in 1980.

4. In 1947, the Birmingham Black Barons won the Negro American League championship on September 21, led by legendary pitcher Satchel Paige. The team's victory was a source of pride for the city's black community and a symbol of resistance against the segregationist policies of the era.

5. On September 21, 1905, Birmingham's Vulcan statue was unveiled at the St. Louis World's Fair, where it won a gold medal for its intricate design and construction. The 56-foot-tall statue of the Roman god of fire remains a beloved symbol of the Magic City and a popular tourist attraction.
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