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Alabama History/Culture in the News: March 17 & 18

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  • A.J. Wright
    fyi...aj wright // ajwright@uab.edu *Fairhope goes about business of festival http://www.al.com/news/mobile/?Mar2001/17-a442584a.html Mobile Register 17 March
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      *Fairhope goes about business of festival
      http://www.al.com/news/mobile/?Mar2001/17-a442584a.html
      Mobile Register 17 March 2001

      *1899 March 18- A tornado, rated F4, killed 12 people and injured 30 on a 17
      mile
      track through Calhoun and Cleburne counties in Alabama.
      The Weather Company <jpspann@...>

      *1941 March 18- Wilson Pickett is born in Prattville, Alabama. He will
      become
      Rhythm & Blues singer and will begin his career as the lead
      tenor with The Falcons ("I Found a Love" - 1962). He will
      become a solo artist and release the hits, "Funky Broadway,"
      "In the Midnight Hour," "Land of 1000 Dances," "Mustang Sally,"
      "It's Too Late," and "Don't Knock My Love." He will be inducted
      into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
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      *1919 March 17- Nathaniel Adams Coles is born in Montgomery, Alabama.
      Better
      known as Nat "King" Cole, he will start his musical career in
      a band with his brother Eddie and in a production of "Shuffle
      Along." Leader of the King Cole Trio, he will achieve
      international acclaim as a jazz pianist before becoming an
      even more popular balladeer known for such songs as "Mona
      Lisa," "The Christmas Song" and "Unforgettable." Cole will
      also have the distinction of being the first African American
      to host a network television variety show (1956-1957), a pioneer
      in breaking down racial barriers in Las Vegas, and a founding
      member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences,
      which will honor him with a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Grammy
      in 1989.
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