December 5, 1935: The Alabama Highway Patrol, Alabama’s first statewide law enforcement agency, is created by Gov. Bibb Graves. The patrol originally consisted of 12 motorcycle officers. Today the Department of Public Safety has a staff of over 1,100 who are responsible for the highway patrol, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, driver’s license administration, and other support activities.
Award winning Alabama author's prize winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird" opened at the Melba Theater in Birmingham, 1963. (Loved all the downtown theaters we frequented in the 1960s...Alabama, Melba, Empire, Ritz...slj)