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State
    (December 14, 1819- )
    22nd state to join
    Fourth of eleven states to secede and join the Confederacy
    Seceded: January 11, 1861
    Readmitted: July 13, 1868
    Discovered by Hernando de Soto for Spain (1540)
    Nickname: Yellowhammer State/Heart of Dixie
    Capital: Montgomery
    Size: 51,609 square miles (ranks 29th)
    Motto: We Dare Defend Our Rights
    Bird: Yellowhammer
    Flower: Goldenrod, Camellia
    Tree: Southern Pine
    Song: Alabama
    State capital has moved from Huntsville to Cahaba to Tuscaloosa to Montgomery
    A statue of the Boll Weevil is located in Enterprise.
    Their senator, Dixon Lewis, weighed over 500 pounds.
    It was the fourth state to secede from the US (January 11, 1861).
    Montgomery was the capital of the Confederate States.
    The state flag features their 1861 Confederacy battle flag.
    They had an XFL football team named the Birmingham Bolts.
    They had the largest sinkhole in the US when 'The December Giant' collapsed (December 2, 1972).
    Vice President Aaron Burr was arrested in Alabama for treason and was later found innocent (1807).
    They have the famed college football team, Crimson Tide, that was coached by Paul 'Bear' Bryant.
    Governor George Wallace tried to prevent integration of Tuskegee High School and the University of Alabama forcing the U.S. to call in the national guard (1963).
    A bus with the 1st group of Freedom Riders was bombed & burned (May 1961).
    Many space vehicles are built in Huntsville. The TV show 'Grace Under Fire' was believed to be set in Alabama.
    It had the first U.S. parade with floats was the Mardi Gras Parade through Mobile (February 24, 1868).
    The first Mardi Gras in the Western hemisphere was held in Alabama.
    Chickasaws, Cherokees, Creeks and Choctaws inhabited Alabama.
    The French set up the first permanent settlement, Fort Louis (1702).
    It became a British colony when the French ceded them (1763).
    The U.S. took most of Alabama from England during the Revolutionary War (1783).
    The U.S. took the rest of Alabama from Spain at the Louisiana Purchase (1813).
    It only took two years for settlers to meet the requirements for statehood (1817-1819).
    They are the namesake for the country group Alabama.
    Musicians Lionel Richie, Emmylou Harris, Randy Owen, Eddie Kendricks, Jimmy Buffet, Tammy Wynette and W C Handy were born in Alabama.
    Sportscaster Mel Allen and athletes Hank Aaron, Jesse Owens and Mia Hamm were born in Alabama.
    Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus in Montgomery, Alabama (December 1955).
    It was the 1st state to license dental surgeons (1841).
    It was the 1st US state to enact an antitrust law (1883).
    Martin Luther King, Jr, marched from Selma to Montgomery (March 1965).
    Every May 26th they enjoy a Catfish Festival Scottsboro Alabama.
    From 1874-1987 Alabama did not have a Republican governor.
    For 2017, as of last week, Out of 207 Votes: 53.62% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 35 Votes: 97.14% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 63 Votes: 52.38% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 41 Votes: 46.34% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 48 Votes: 33.33% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 77 Votes: 49.35% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 30 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 96 Votes: 61.46% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 99 Votes: 74.75% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 55 Votes: 58.18% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 180 Votes: 54.44% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 311 Votes: 57.88% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 333 Votes: 64.26% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 535 Votes: 56.82% Annoying
    In 2003, Out of 853 Votes: 56.15% Annoying
 
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