Some common facts about the state of Alabama include that Alabama gained statehood on December 14, 1861, as the 22nd state and that Montgomery served as the capital of the Confederate States of America. Additionally, workers from Alabama built the spacecraft that made the first moon landing.
Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, both famous baseball players, were from Alabama. Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934, and Mays was born in 1931 in Westfield. Another famous athlete born in Alabama is Joe Louis, a boxer, who was born in Lexington in 1914.
In Russell Cave, visitors found the skeleton of a prehistoric man. The first disabled Miss America came from Alabama. The Rocket Capital of the World is in Huntsville, Alabama. In the Creek language, Alabama means "tribal town." During the Civil War, Winston County gained the name "the Free State of Winston."
As the fourth state to succeed from the Union, Alabama first flew the Confederate flag in 1861. The flag was designed in the state. The highest point above sea level in Alabama is Cheaha Mountain. In the Hall of History in Bessemer, visitors view can view Adolph Hitler's typewriter, which was taken from his mountain retreat.
Nat King Cole and Tallulah Bankhead are two famous performers born in Alabama. Older than the state of Alabama, Blount County became a county on February 7, 1818.