Year of Alabama History



September 8, 1960



















September 12, 1913








Saturn Rocket

This Week in Alabama History

September 6 - September 12




Featured Event:

NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, which grew out of the Army's Redstone Arsenal, is dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Among many contributions to the U.S. space program, center director Wernher von Braun and his team developed the Saturn rockets that launched American astronauts to the moon in 1969.


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Other Events this Week

Jesse Owens is born in Oakville, Alabama. Owens was one of the first U.S. athletes who combined talents as a sprinter, low hurdler, and broad jumper. In 1936, he won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics: in the100 meter, 200 meter, broad jump, and as a participant on the 400-meter relay team.