Alabama July 21, 2015
Here Are 10 Times The Entire Country Was Looking At Alabama In Suspense And Awe
There have been many interesting stories to make the local news here in Alabama. Some stories have even been interesting enough to make the national news. Listed below are 10 events that put national media attention on Alabama.
1.) The day the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" took place outside Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama, which took place on June 11, 1963. To keep his promise of segregation, Governor George Wallace stood at the door to block the entry of two African-American students - Vivian Malone and James Hood.
2.) When the three "Selma to Montgomery Marches" took place in 1965, which were led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and were part of the Voting Rights Movement.
3.) The time John Mark Karr, originally from Hamilton, Alabama, falsely confessed to the 1996 murder of beauty pageant queen, JonBenet Ramsey.
4.) When Natalee Holloway, of Mountain Brook, Alabama, disappeared in Aruba on May 30, 2005 while on her high school graduation trip.
5.) The day of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, aka BP oil disaster, on April 20, 2010, which lasted nearly three months.
6.) When Antoine Dodson's local news (Huntsville, Alabama) interview about the attempted rape of his sister became an internet sensation.
7.) The day of January 27, 2011 when Harvey Updyke, an Alabama football fan, called Paul Finebaum's national radio show to brag about poisoning Toomer's Oaks in Auburn. Updyke served 6 months in jail and was ordered to pay $800,000 for poisoning the trees.
8.) The years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 when one of our college football teams, Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers, became the national champions. The state of Alabama brought home the crystal BCS trophy FOUR YEARS IN A ROW!
9.) The days the deadly "April 25-28 Tornado Outbreak" took place. 355 tornadoes were confirmed, and the outbreak resulted in over 300 deaths.
10.) When the August 14, 2013 UPS Airlines Flight 1354 crash occurred while attempting to land at Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.
What other events associated with Alabama have received national media attention? Post in the comments below!