January 1, 1953
January 1, 1900
January 1, 1901
January 1, 1926
January 3, 1972
January 3, 1978
This Week in Alabama History
January 1 - 3
Legendary singer-songwriter Hank Williams dies at the age of twenty-nine. Over 20,000 people attend his funeral in Montgomery. Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 and received the Alabama Music Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award for Performing Achievement in 1985.
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Other Events this Week
Alabama ushers in 1900 with cold temperatures and little fanfare. Snow was recorded in Birmingham and Montgomery at the start of the holiday weekend and freezing temperatures continued to Monday, the first. Most citizens did not celebrate the start of the 20th century until 1901 and the Birmingham Age-Herald remarked “the first day of the last year of the nineteenth century dawned dull enough in Birmingham.”
Alabama newspapers welcome a new year and a new century. Declaring January 1, 1901, as the first day of the 20th Century (and not January 1, 1900), the Montgomery Journal predicts that “Montgomery can well afford to welcome the year and the century with enthusiasm.” Likewise, the Birmingham Age-Herald carries a prominent front-page cartoon with a depiction of Father Time greeting the twin babies of the new year and the new century.
The University of Alabama football team wins the Rose Bowl. This was the first of six Rose Bowl appearances for Alabama and the first time a southern football team was invited to play in a national bowl game.
Alabama's legislative districts are reapportioned by federal court order to bring them in line with the principle of "one man/one vote." Neither the first nor the last such federal court action, this plan established single-member districts, which no longer necessarily followed county boundaries.
Louphenia Thomas is the first black woman elected to Alabama Legislature (filled unexpired term of John T. Porter).