Alabama Timeline

Events

Huntsville

1819

Capital

Admission to Union

1819

14 December

Cahaba

1820

Capital

Tuscaloosa

1826

Capital

Montgomery (current capital)

1846

Current capital

Alabama leaves the union

1860

The state of Alabama leaves, because they like having slaves. While Abraham Lincoln doesn’t. (President of the Union)

Alabama joins the Confederate states of America

1861

Robert Hardy Smith state that Alabama left the Union because of the right to own slaves. Which he believed to be a right written in the constitution.
One newspaper in Montgomery, believed slavery was a religious institution.

Alabama makes their own constitution, which directly forbade slaves being free.

1861

Civil war starts in North America.

1861

Alabama readmitted to Union

1868

State flag adopted

1895

University of Alabama won Rose Bowl

1926

The Great Depression started

1929

Conviction and death sentence by all-white jury of black youths, "Scottsboro Boys" caused international outrage

1931

First oil well opened

1944

Black seamstress

1955

Black seamstress, Rosa Parks, arrested for refusing to give seat on bus to white passenger; Montgomery Bus Boycott began; Parks named "mother of modern day civil rights movement"

An Alabama woman was bruised by a meteor.

1955

Civil Rights targets bombed in Birmingham

1963

Civil Rights targets bombed in Birmingham; four children killed in bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church; first African-American students register at University of Alabama

Legal segregation but some Jim Crow customs continued till they were challenged in court

1964

Lurleen Wallace elected first woman governor in state

1967

Heather Whitestone became first Miss America with a disability.

1995

Vonetta Flowers became first African American to win gold medal in Winter Olympics

2002

Bobby Frank Cherry convicted of murder for his part in 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church

2002

Hurricane Katrina caused major damages along coastal areas

2005

Gunman burned down own house

2009

Killed 10 people

Barrage of storms killed over 200

2011

Most stringent immigration laws in U.S. passed in Alabama

2011