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On This Day In Alabama History: NFL Coach, Scout Red Cochran Was Born

On This Day In Alabama History: NFL Coach, Scout Red Cochran Was Born

| August 2, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Aug. 2, 1922: Born in Fairfield, John Thurman “Red” Cochran played football and baseball in high school and was later offered scholarships in both sports at Wake Forest University

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On This Day In Alabama History: Astronaut Kathryn Thornton Retired

On This Day In Alabama History: Astronaut Kathryn Thornton Retired

| August 1, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Aug. 1, 1996: Nuclear physicist Kathryn Thornton was an astronaut at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 1985-1996

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On This Day In Alabama History: Bennett Secretary Of State Again

On This Day In Alabama History: Bennett Secretary Of State Again

| July 31, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 31, 2013: Alabama Gov

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On This Day In Alabama History: State’s 1819 Constitution Was Adopted

On This Day In Alabama History: State’s 1819 Constitution Was Adopted

| July 30, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 30, 1819: On March 2, 1819, President James Monroe signed an act enabling the people of the Alabama Territory to form a Constitution and government

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On This Day In Alabama History: Hattie Hooker Wilkins Was Born

On This Day In Alabama History: Hattie Hooker Wilkins Was Born

| July 28, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 28, 1875: Born on July 28, 1875, Hattie Hooker Wilkins was the first woman elected as a representative in the Alabama Legislature

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On This Day In Alabama History: Author Robert Faucett Gibbons Died

On This Day In Alabama History: Author Robert Faucett Gibbons Died

| July 25, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 25, 1995: Author Robert Faucett Gibbons is an Alabama native born in Tuscaloosa and renowned for penning novels and short stories with universal appeal

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On This Day In Alabama History: Zelda Fitzgerald Was Born

On This Day In Alabama History: Zelda Fitzgerald Was Born

| July 24, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 24, 1900: Born on July 24, 1900 in Montgomery, Alabama, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald helped establish an image of the free-spirited woman in the 1920s

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On This Day In Alabama History: Uss Birmingham Fought In The Battle Of Guam

On This Day In Alabama History: Uss Birmingham Fought In The Battle Of Guam

| July 21, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 21, 1944: The USS Birmingham, a light cruiser named for Alabama’s largest city, earned fame in World War II

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On This Day In Alabama History: Ruffner Mountain Nature Coalition Was Formed

On This Day In Alabama History: Ruffner Mountain Nature Coalition Was Formed

| July 19, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 19, 1977: The Ruffner Mountain Nature Coalition was birthed July 19, 1977, thanks to a grassroots community with two goals: to protect the mountain ecosystem and halt plans to build an on-site apartment complex

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On This Day In Alabama History: Jeremiah Denton Jr. Was Born

On This Day In Alabama History: Jeremiah Denton Jr. Was Born

| July 15, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 15, 1924: Jeremiah Denton Jr

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On This Day In Alabama History: Harper Lee’s Second Novel Released

On This Day In Alabama History: Harper Lee’s Second Novel Released

| July 14, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 14, 2015: The world had waited for the unveiling of world famous author Harper Lee’s “Go Set A Watchman,” and on this day in 2015 it was released

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On This Day In Alabama History: Construction Began On Weiss Dam

On This Day In Alabama History: Construction Began On Weiss Dam

| July 13, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 13, 1958: On July 13, 1958, construction began on Weiss Dam in Cherokee County, and power production began just three short years later

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On This Day In Alabama History: General Textile Strike Of 1934 Began

On This Day In Alabama History: General Textile Strike Of 1934 Began

| July 12, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 12, 1934: Workers at the Dwight cotton textile mill in Gadsden walked out on July 12, 1934

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On This Day In Alabama History: Baseball Legend Satchel Paige Was Born

On This Day In Alabama History: Baseball Legend Satchel Paige Was Born

| July 7, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 7, 1906 : Thought by some to be the greatest pitcher who ever lived, Leroy “Satchel” Paige was born in Mobile on this day in 1906

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On This Day In Alabama History: Track Star Lillie Leatherwood Was Born

On This Day In Alabama History: Track Star Lillie Leatherwood Was Born

| July 6, 2018 @ 5:00 am

July 6, 1964 : Lillie Leatherwood was born on this day in 1964

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On This Day In Alabama History: Convict Leasing Ended In Alabama

On This Day In Alabama History: Convict Leasing Ended In Alabama

| June 30, 2018 @ 5:00 am

June 30, 1928: The origins of Alabama’s horrific convict-leasing system predated the Civil War

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On This Day In Alabama History: William Anderson Handley Died

On This Day In Alabama History: William Anderson Handley Died

| June 23, 2018 @ 5:00 am

June 23, 1909: William Anderson Handley died in Roanoke on this day in 1909, having suffered a severe fall in spring 1909 from which he never recovered

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On This Day In Alabama History: Author Helen Norris Bell Was Born

On This Day In Alabama History: Author Helen Norris Bell Was Born

| June 22, 2018 @ 5:00 am

June 22, 1916: Helen Norris Bell was born on June 22, 1916 in Miami, Florida

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