Alabama History/Culture in the News: 27 May; 6-27 June & Bonus Li nks
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Listings for 2003 are being archived at <http://www.anes.uab.edu/alahistnews2.htm>
Listings for July-December 2002 are at <http://www.anes.uab.edu/alahistnews.htm>
Material in brackets are my additions.
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**Von Braun's brother dies; aided surrender
Huntsville Times 27 June 2003
**Decatur financial chief Nixon to retire
Huntsville Times 27 June 2003
**Calera rail museum wins grant to extend tracks
Birmingham News 26 June 2003 1B, 4B
**Von Braun No. 2 on list of top aviation pioneers
Magazine ranks Wright brothers most important of top 100 innovators
Huntsville Times 26 June 2003
**Students dig up state's past : Site of first capital yields artifacts
Montgomery Advertiser 25 June 2003
**Darden House to receive historic marker [John Wesley Darden was an early African-American physician in Opelika;
see http://www.anes.uab.edu/blackdoctors.htm for more about early African-American physicians in Alabama]
Opelika-Auburn News 25 June 2003
**Eufaula Preservation Commission passes resolution
Eufaula Tribune 25 June 2003
**Forgotten Trails: More on the Cook family [includes info on new Dale Co. cemetery bk]
Brewton Standard 25 June 2003
**Alabama man preserves books for the ages
Anniston Star 24 June 2003
**Group wants to see historic Courtland homes restored
Birmingham News 24 June 2003
**Pieces of early state capital unearthed [St. Stephens]
Birmingham News 24 June 2003 4B
**Korean War veteran wants his fallen buddy honored
Mobile Register 23 June 2003
**Foundation of history home uncovered in restoration
Cullman Times 22 June 2003
**Namesake's home sees hard times, but things looking up: 4009 McVay St.
Huntsville Times 22 June 2003
**Growth surges in Blount
Birmingham News 22 June 2003
**Park renovation follows Vulcan reconstruction
Birmingham News 22 June 2003
**The origin of Mount Hope: 1830 document suggests answer to longtime question about source of name
MOUNT HOPE -- If not for one section, the six-page document Alexander Somerville filed in 1830 would be like millions of others in the Lawrence County Archives.
Near the bottom of the first page, Somerville writes about land he owns in Mount Hope "upon which is situated a dwelling house, stone house, cotton gin and other improvements."
The record, which appears in Orphans Court Book D, has captivated local historian Hoyt Cagle, primarily because of Somerville's reference to Mount Hope.
Decatur Daily 22 June 2003
**Columnist's visit spins tales
Rheta Grimsley Johnson's writing career started small
Huntsville Times 21 June 2003
**Rudolf F. Hoelker, 91, Space Flight Scientist, Dies
New York Times 20 June 2003 [requires free registration for access]
**1948 June 25- Joe Louis KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 11 rounds to retain the
heavyweight championship of the world.
1935 June 25- Joe Louis defeats Primo Carnera at Yankee Stadium.
1896 June 24- Booker T. Washington is the first African American to receive
an honorary Master of Arts degree from Harvard University.
1937 June 22- Joe Louis knocks out James Braddock to become the heavyweight boxing
champion of the world. The fight is won in eight rounds before
45,000 fans, the largest audience, to date, to witness a fight.
1938 June 22- Joe Louis defeats German boxer Max Schmeling in a rematch of their
1936 fight and retains his world heavyweight crown. Because of the
Nazi persecution of Jews in Europe and Hitler's disdain for people
of African descent, the fight will take on mythic proportion, with
Louis seen by many as fighting to uphold democracy and the race.
He succeeds convincingly, ending the fight in 2:04 of the first
round at Yankee Stadium.
1936 June 20- Jesse Owens of the U.S. sets the 100 meter record at 10.2 seconds.
1949 June 20- Lionel Ritchie is born in Tuskegee, Alabama. He will be one of the
most successful singers/songwriters in contemporary popular music,
known for his efforts in pop, Rhythm & Blues, and country music.
Once a member of the Commodores, Richie will establish a solo
career, win Grammys in 1982 and 1984, and be a featured performer
at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los
1950 June 20- Willie Mays graduates from high school and immediately signs with
the New York Giants for a $6,000 bonus. 'The Say Hey Kid' would
play most of his career for the Giants -- in both New York and
San Francisco -- becoming a baseball legend. As his career comes
to a close, Mays will be traded to the New York Mets. Mays, an
all-star center fielder will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall
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**Celebrating roots: Festival offers glimpse into Indian life
Cullman Times 14 June 2003
**Stitches out of time: 'Quilts of Gee's Bend' puts works of art in context
Mobile Register 14 June 2003
**Storing prehistoric culture digitally for generations to come
Scripps Howard News Service 6 June 2003
**1973 May 27- Large F4 tornado cut a 135-mile path across central Alabama. Hardest
hit was the town of Brent, AL where 5 people perished and 90 percent of the
town was demolished. 7 people died along the path of the twister. Cancelled
checks from Greensboro AL were found at Gadsden AL, over 100 miles away.
Another killer tornado struck Centerpoint on the northeast side of
Birmingham, killing one man.
FROM: Weather Notebook
**Hegwood, Martin. Massacre Island [novel about a mass murder on Dauphin Island] review at:
**Civil War Veterans Buried in Jackson County Alabama
**Confederate Soldiers Buried in Tallpoosa County
**Internet Poetry Archive: Margaret Walker [Birmingham native]
**TITLE: Deputy Surveyors ( Mississippi) Alabama Territory 1816-1832
DESCRIPTION: Letters and Surveying Contracts Received by the
General Land Office from the Surveyor General for Alabama 1817-1832.
**Footwash: An Alabama Black Belt Festival
**Confederate Cemetery Lists for Alabama
**Civil War in Alabama
**Reviewed for H-South by Michael P. Morris
Theda Perdue. _"Mixed Blood" Indians: Racial Construction in the
Early South_. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2003. x + 128
pp. $24.95 (cloth), ISBN 0-8203-2453-1.
**Reviewed for H-Tennessee by Kristofer Ray
Harold Moser, Wyatt C. Wells and J. Clint Clifft, eds. _The
Papers of Andrew Jackson. Vol. 6, 1825-1828_. Knoxville:
University of Tennessee Press, 2002. xi + 674 pp. $70.00
(cloth), ISBN 1-57233-174-7.
**Reviewed for H-CivWar by Joan Waugh
David W. Blight. _Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American
Memory_. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
2001. 512 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 0-674-00332-2; $16.95
(paper), ISBN 0-674-00819-7.
**Category Summary ( Cyndi's List - U.S. - Alabama
* New Links: 1
* Updated Links: 0
* Removed Links: 0
* Total Links: 2280
A.J. Wright, MLS
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia
Dept of Anesthesiology/Library
School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Birmingham AL 35249-6810