The H.L. Hunley, a Confederate submarine built in Mobile, became the first submarine in history to sink an enemy ship. After torpedoing in Charleston Harbor, the Hunley sank and did not return to port until recovered in Aug. 2000.
US Representative Tom Bevill became the first person in the nation to answer a 9-1-1 emergency call - in Haleyville, Alabama. The telephone currently sits on display at Haleyville City Hall. #Our67
The Little Foxes, a play written by Lillian Hellman set in Demopolis that chronicled a family's selfish pursuit of wealth, opened in Broadway’s National Theatre. The play starred Tallulah Bankhead, who was from Huntsville.
Navy Captain Jeremiah Denton Jr., a native of Mobile, was the first to disembark from the first planeload of US POWs released after the Vietnam War. Denton later (1981) served as the first Republican US Senator from AL since Reconstruction.
Alabama Astronaut Jan Davis returned to Earth on the Space Shuttle Discovery after the completion of 130 orbits.
The legislature established the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers, now Tuskegee University. Through the leadership of Booker T. Washington and others, Tuskegee rose to national prominence during the industrial education movement.
Recently Fred Holland invited me on his morning radio show to discuss economic development principles, newly announced projects, and potential upcoming projects. We spoke about how history ties in with economic development and mentioned the Alabama Bicentennial. Thank you, Fred Holland and WTKI (and the cat!) It is always a pleasure to speak with you and listeners in Huntsville and Decatur.
WTKI/WEKI Radio Segment Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVbGf_aRNp0
Sugar Bowl (and Southern Economic) History:
In 1935, Tulane Stadium in New Orleans hosted the first Sugar Bowl. Prior to 1871, Tulane's campus was located on Paul Foucher's plantation, where his father-in-law, Jean Etienne de Bore, first granulated sugar from cane syrup. Etienne de Bore's invention of the sugar granulation process led to sugar becoming Louisiana colony's primary commodity crop.
What's in a name? Now you know. Happy New Year from an Alabama historian who will be cheering on the Tide as they beat Clemson in the Sugar Bowl this evening. Roll Tide.
The project will have tremendous economic impact on the Montgomery area.
Alabama Department of Commerce Article: http://www.madeinalabama.com/2017/12/air-force-selects-187th-fighter-wing-for-f-35-jet-program/
Alabama History: 14 December 1819 - Alabama became a state. Renovations are underway at Constitution Village and will be completed just in time for the Bicentennial. Happy Birthday, Alabama! #al200 #Our67
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