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5 Fun Facts About September 24 In Alabama History

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1. In 1833, the Alabama Legislature established Tuscumbia Landing in Colbert County as a port of entry for steamboats. It played a crucial role in the transportation of goods and people along the Tennessee River.

2. On September 24, 1864, the Battle of Athens took place during the American Civil War. Union forces under the command of Major General Robert S. Granger defeated Confederate troops in a skirmish that lasted several hours.

3. The University of Alabama was officially opened on September 24, 1831. It was the first public university in the state, and initially had just seven faculty members and 52 students.

4. On September 24, 1963, the Birmingham, Alabama, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was bombed by members of the Ku Klux Klan. Four young girls were killed, and several others were injured in what became a key moment in the Civil Rights Movement.

5. The Alabama State Fair is held annually in Montgomery, and typically runs for 10 days in late September and early October. The first fair was held on September 24, 1855, and it has since become one of the most popular events in the state, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
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