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*...that [[Woodlawn]]'s "[[La Quemada]]" neighborhood was once known as "Eastwood"?
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*...that [[Chris Fryar]], drummer for the Zac Brown Band, grew up in [[Gardendale]]?
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*...that [[Brother Bryan Park]] was originally called [[Magnolia Park]]?
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*...that the [[Coosa River]] is the most developed river in Alabama, and most of its length in the state is impounded by one of seven dams?
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*...that nationally-touring comedian Carrot Top lost most of his props in a fire at the [[Comedy Club]] on [[Greensprings Highway]] during [[Winter Storm '93]]?
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*...that [[Shades Cahaba Elementary School|Shades Cahaba]] is the only Homewood elementary school not to have suffered a major fire?
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*...that [[Louise Wooster]]'s sister was also a noted Birmingham madam, under the name [[Maggie Bracken]]?
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*...that the [[Indian Springs School]] once boasted a "[[Truth House]]", a tilting classroom used to demonstrate physics concepts?
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*...that [[Samford Bulldogs]] men's basketball coach [[Scott Padgett]] scored 1,874 points during his 7-year NBA career?
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*...that an effigy of future president William McKinley was set on fire downtown after the [[1892 general election]]?
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*...that the "[[Birmingham Semi-Centennial]]" was little more than a giant bag of gas?
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*...that Triple Crown winner Secretariat's breeder, [[Christopher Chenery]], also founded [[Southern Natural Gas Company|Sonat]]?
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*...that before the [[Red Mountain cut]], the possibility of a [[Red Mountain Tunnel|tunnel]] was considered?
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*...that [[Hardrock Gunter]] lost his prize guitar at the Battle of the Bulge?
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*...that [[Birmingham City Commission]]er [[Arlie Barber]] was a member of the Socialist Party?
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*...that [[Larry Langford]] finished 5th in the [[1979 Birmingham municipal election|1979 Birmingham mayoral election]]?
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*...that the [[Birmingham Botanical Gardens]] has a "[[Moon Tree]]"?
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*...that [[Shelby County]] is older than [[Jefferson County]]?
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*...that hockey teams called the [[Birmingham Bulls]] have competed in four different leagues?
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*...that [[Watkins Book Shop]] started as a [[Little Professor]]?
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*...that [[Barry Beckett]] produced two Bob Dylan albums?
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*...that Birmingham has over 3000 [[parking meters]]?
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*...that the [[Country Club of Birmingham]] introduced the game of golf to [[Birmingham]]?
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*...that the [[Ritz Theatre]] was the largest cinema in Birmingham for only 16 months?
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*...that playwright and former [[Birmingham City Council]] member [[Bert Miller]] waited tables at [[Dreamland Bar-B-Que]] at [[Phelan Park]]?
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*...that [[Birmingham Giants]] founder [[C. I. Taylor]] helped create the first Negro National League?
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*...that [[downtown Birmingham]] has a block-long [[9-11 Memorial Walk|memorial]] to the [[September 11]], [[2001]] terrorist attacks?
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*...that [[M & B Hangers]] is [[Leeds]]' largest employer?
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*...that Chicago Cubs pitcher [[Al Lary]] holds the [[Alabama Crimson Tide]] single-season record for touchdown receptions?
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*...that [[Cliff Holman|"Cousin Cliff" Holman]] and [[Bobby Bowden]] were both members of [[Woodlawn High School]]'s Class of [[1948]]?
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*...that [[Edgewood Lake]] once covered the area south of [[Lakeshore Drive]], inluding the current-day site of [[Homewood High School]]?
 
* ...that a [[Paul Bryant Bridge|bridge]] over the [[Black Warrior River]] is [[List of things named after Paul Bryant|named for]] [[Bear Bryant]]?
 
* ...that a [[Paul Bryant Bridge|bridge]] over the [[Black Warrior River]] is [[List of things named after Paul Bryant|named for]] [[Bear Bryant]]?
 
* ...that [[Hardrock Gunter]]'s "[[Birmingham Bounce]]" ([[1950]]) was arguably the first rock and roll record?
 
* ...that [[Hardrock Gunter]]'s "[[Birmingham Bounce]]" ([[1950]]) was arguably the first rock and roll record?
 
* ...that the [[Florence Hotel]] was named for the late wife of [[William S. Mudd]] who lived at [[Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens|Arlington]]?
 
* ...that the [[Florence Hotel]] was named for the late wife of [[William S. Mudd]] who lived at [[Arlington Antebellum Home & Gardens|Arlington]]?
* ...that [[Babec]] was the first gorilla to receive an artificial pacemaker?
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* ...that the [[Birmingham Zoo]]'s [[Babec]] was the first gorilla to receive an artificial pacemaker?
 
* ...that the automatic railroad car coupler was invented by [[Andrew Beard]] in [[East Lake]]?
 
* ...that the automatic railroad car coupler was invented by [[Andrew Beard]] in [[East Lake]]?
* ...that actress [[Louise Fletcher]]'s father, [[John Fletcher]], founded hundreds of churches for the deaf across the South?
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* ...that the city of [[Jasper]] was a major center for coke production?
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* ...that actress [[Louise Fletcher]]'s father, [[John C. Fletcher]], founded hundreds of churches for the deaf across the South?
 
* ...that [[Samuel Ullman]] served as Lay Rabbi of [[Temple Emanu-El]]?
 
* ...that [[Samuel Ullman]] served as Lay Rabbi of [[Temple Emanu-El]]?
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* ...that photographers [[A. C. Oxford]] and [[A. C. Keily]] were both freemasons?
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* ...that "[[Borat]]" was asked to leave a dinner party in [[Helena]]?
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* ...that [[Blount County]] has three [[:Category:Covered bridges|covered bridges]], more than any other county in Alabama?
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* ...that Craig T. Nelson played [[Russ Fine]] in a 1993 USA Network movie?
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* ...that [[Timothy Leary]] earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the [[University of Alabama]]?
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* ...that [[James Spann]] became a weather anchor the same week Hurricane Frederic hit Mobile?
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* ...that [[Hugh Martin]] wrote four versions of his song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Chirstmas" ?
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* ...that [[Loulie Jean Norman]] "sang" the theme for the original ''Star Trek'' television series?
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* ...that the [[Roden Hotel]], though never finished, netted investors $150,000 when the steel frame was sold for scrap?
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* ...that [[List of Mayors of Birmingham|Mayor]] [[Bernard Kincaid]] promised that "we will attack this problem from every responsible angle to reduce the [[List of Birmingham homicides in 2006|number of homicides that occur in our city]]" in his [[2006 State of the City address]]?
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* ...that the parents of [[Condoleezza Rice]] and [[Freeman Hrabowski]] both taught at [[Ullman High School]]?
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* ...that [[Condoleezza Rice]] and [[Freeman Hrabowski]] were classmates at [[Ullman High School]]?
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* ...that short-lived magazine ''[[I Cover the War]]'' interviewed legendary pop band [[Primitons|The Primitons]] in their debut issue?
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* ...that [[Hazel the Mummy]], star attraction at the [[Bessemer Hall of History]] has since been cremated?
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* ...that [[Birmingham]] native [[David F. Friedman]] produced dozens of exploitation films, including ''Blood Feast''?
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* ...that former [[Birmingham Stallions]] owner [[Marvin L. Warner]] served 18 months in prison'?
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* ...that [[Kelly Ingram Park|West Park]] was renamed "Kelly Ingram Park" for WWI hero [[Osmond Kelly Ingram]]?
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* ...that Police Chief [[Annetta Nunn]] was valedictorian of her class at [[Jackson-Olin High School]]?
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* ...that the sensational [[Hawes murders]] made national headlines in [[1888]]?
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* ...that [[Terrell Owens]]' [[Amani Raha]] bar is named for the Swahili words for "peace" and "happiness"?
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* ...that [[Bull Connor]] was present when the nation's first 911 call was made in Haleyville, Alabama?
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* ...that downtown's [[Joy Young Restaurant]] began serving Chinese food in Birmingham in 1919?
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* ...that Arnold Schwarzenegger earned a Golden Globe for the 1976 film ''[[Stay Hungry]]'', filmed in Birmingham?
  
 
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