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Friday, 29 July 2011

Alabama

The word Alabama means tribal town in the Creek Indian language

Alabama introduced the Mardi Gras to the western world in 1699. The celebration is held on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent begins.

Alabama became the 22nd state of the United States of America on December 14, 1819.  Its constitution provided for equal suffrage for white men, a standard it abandoned in its constitution of 1901, which reduced suffrage of poor whites and most blacks.



In 1836, Alabama became the first state to declare Christmas an official holiday.

In February 1861, Montgomery was selected as the first capital of the Confederate States of America, until the seat of government moved to Richmond, Virginia in May of that year.

The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861.

Alabama was the first US state to enact an antitrust law in 1883.

The current flag of the state of Alabama (the second in Alabama state history) was adopted on February 16, 1895.


In 1955 Seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. The arrest sparked a year-long bus boycott by blacks.

In 1960 on the eve of important civil rights battles, 30% of Alabama's population was African American or 980,000.

The first 911 emergency telephone system in the U.S. was operational in Haleyville, Alabama in 1968.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was suspended in 2003 after refusing to comply with a federal court order to remove a rock inscribed with the Ten Commandments from the lobby of the Alabama Supreme Court building.

In 2009 the state of Alabama began printing the words "Sweet Home Alabama" as an official slogan on its motor vehicle license plates. The state's previous plate featured another song, the jazz standard, "Stars Fell On Alabama."

Alabama contains 460 incorporated municipalities consisting of 169 cities and 291 towns. According to the 2010 United States Census, Alabama is the 23rd most populous state with 4,779,745 inhabitants .and the 28th largest by land area spanning 50,645.33 square miles (131,170.8 km2) of land

In Alabama, it is against the law to wear a fake moustache that could cause laughter in a church.

It is illegal in Alabama to cut off your arm to make people feel sorry for you.

Alabama is the only state in America which imposes a tax on playing cards.

An estimated one in four Alabamans are functionally illiterate, meaning they're unable to manage daily living and employment tasks that require reading skills beyond a basic level.

Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.

Little known Cathedral Caverns near Grant, Alabama has the world's largest cave opening, the largest stalagmite (Goliath), and the largest stalagmite forest in the World.Source

50states.com

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