The State Series (Alabama)

Alabama

Looks like we’re moving on down the list when it comes to the state series. After that first batch, we decided to take a breather, but now we’re back and ready to get three more down the line. So, just for a bit of fun, I thought I’d continue telling a few facts about the states. Today we’re looking at the great state of Alabama—and I ain’t just whistling Dixie! Let’s get started!

  • Easy enough: “Alabama” is the state’s official song
  • The Confederate flag was first flown and designed in Alabama in 1861…
  • …and Montgomery was the capital of the Confederate States of America
  • Huntsville is the Rocket capital of the world
  • In 1886, Montgomery became the first city in the world with an electric trolley system
  • Speaking of public transport, Montgomery was where Rosa Parks didn’t give up her seat and eventually started the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • There’s a monument in Enterprise dedicated to the Boll Weevil
  • The phrase “Damn the Torpedoes,” originated from the Battle of Mobile Bay, where Admiral David Farragut issued the order “Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead!” on August 5th, 1864
  • The first open-heart surgery in the western hemisphere occurred in 1902 when Dr. Luther Leonidas Hill sutured the heart of a boy who was stabbed. This event occurred in, where else, Montgomery
  • Audemus jura nostra defendere is the official state motto. Translated it means “we dare defend our rights.”