Today in Georgia (US) History

Georgia (US): Atlanta - Augusta, GA

Historical Events

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  • 1732-06-09 Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe
  • 1733-02-12 Georgia founded by James Oglethorpe, at site of Savannah
  • 1736-02-05 Methodists John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1742-06-09 Battle of Bloody Marsh-Spanish assault on Simons Island, Georgia
  • 1749-10-26 Georgia Colony reverses itself & rules slavery is legal
  • 1777-02-05 Georgia becomes 1st US state to abolish both entail & primogeniture
  • 1778-12-29 British troops occupy Savannah, Georgia
  • 1783-07-24 Georgia becomes a protectorate of tsarist Russia
  • 1785-01-27 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia
  • 1786-02-13 Abraham Baldwin selected president of University of Georgia

AgreementConstitution of the United States

1788-01-02 Georgia is 4th state to ratify US constitution

  • 1788-02-01 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet
  • 1801-03-03 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia
  • 1823-12-19 Georgia passes 1st US state birth registration law in US
  • 1825-02-12 Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agree to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government & migrate west by Sept 1, 1826
  • 1848-12-26 William & Ellen Craft escape from slavery in Georgia
  • 1856-03-05 Georgia becomes 1st state to regulate railroads
  • 1861-01-03 US Ft Pulaski & Ft Jackson, Savannah, seized by Georgia
  • 1861-04-08 US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia, seized by confederacy (US Civil War)
  • 1862-04-11 Rebels surrender Ft Pulaski, Georgia-Rebels surrender
  • 1862-04-12 Union troops occupy Fort Pulaski Georgia
  • 1863-02-28 Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • 1863-03-03 Federal ironclad ships bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • 1863-10-28 Battle at Wauhatchie, Georgia: 865 killed or injured
  • 1864-02-22 -27] Battle at Dalton Georgia
  • 1864-02-27 6th & last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia (about 600 casualties)
  • 1864-04-17 Bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1864-05-05 Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA

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1864-05-06 US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia

  • 1864-05-13 -16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia
  • 1864-05-17 Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
  • 1864-05-19 Skirmish at Cassville Georgia
  • 1864-06-01 Confederate cruiser Georgia sold to a British merchant in Liverpool.
  • 1864-06-12 Skirmish at Mcafee's Cross Road Georgia, about 57 dies in battle
  • 1864-06-15 -17] Skirmish at Gilgal Church, Georgia
  • 1864-06-16 Skirmish at Golgotha, Georgia
  • 1864-06-17 -18] Confederate troops pull back out Solves/lost Mt, Georgia
  • 1864-06-17 Skirmish at Mud Creek/Noyes's (Nose) Creek, Georgia
  • 1864-06-19 Skirmish at Pine Knob Georgia
  • 1864-06-20 Skirmish at Lattermore's Mills/Powder Springs Georgia
  • 1864-06-22 Skirmish at Culp's (Kulp's) House, Georgia
  • 1864-07-04 -9] Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia
  • 1864-07-26 Battle at Ezra Chapel (Church), Georgia [Hood's Third Sortie]
  • 1864-08-14 -16] Confederate General Joe Wheeler besieges Dalton, Georgia
  • 1864-08-31 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 1864-09-01 2nd day of battle at Jonesboro Georgia, about 3,000 casualties
  • 1864-11-11 Sherman's troops destroy Rome, Georgia
  • 1864-11-16 Confederate retreat at Lovejoy, Georgia
  • 1864-11-21 -22] Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia
  • 1864-11-22 American Civil War Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia, ends after 650 casualties
  • 1864-11-23 -25] Battle at Ball's Ferry Georgia (30 casualties)
  • 1864-11-25 Confederate retreat at Sandersville, Georgia
  • 1864-11-26 Confederate troops vacate Sandersville Georgia
  • 1864-11-26 Skirmish at Sylvan Brutal/Waynesboro, Georgia
  • 1864-11-27 2nd day of Battles at Waynesboro, Georgia
  • 1864-11-28 3rd day of Battles at Waynesboro/Jones's Plantation, Georgia
  • 1864-11-29 4th & last day of skirmishes at Waynesboro, Georgia
  • 1864-12-01 Skirmish at Millen Brutal, Georgia
  • 1864-12-02 Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia
  • 1864-12-03 Skirmish at Thomas' Station, Georgia
  • 1864-12-07 Skirmish at Ebenezer Creek/Cypress Swamp, Georgia
  • 1865-04-13 Sherman's march through Georgia begins

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1865-05-10 US Civil War: Confederate President Jefferson Davis captured by Union troops at Irwinsville Georgia

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1867-02-14 Morehouse College organizes (Augusta Georgia)
  • 1870-01-10 Georgia legislature reconvenes
  • 1870-07-15 Georgia becomes last confederate to be readmitted to US
  • 1871-01-16 Jefferson Long of Georgia sworn in as 2nd black congressman
  • 1871-02-01 Jefferson Long of Georgia is 1st black to make an official speech in House of Reps (opposing leniency to former Confederates)
  • 1893-12-20 1st state anti-lynching statute approved, in Georgia
  • 1897-08-04 Henry A Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
  • 1905-09-22 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia (10 blacks & 2 whites killed)
  • 1906-09-22 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia, kills 21
  • 1909-05-17 White firemen on Georgia lroad strike to protest against hiring blacks
  • 1911-08-28 45.7 cm rainfall at St George, Georgia (state record)
  • 1913-02-28 6.8-m, 4000-kg elephant seal killed, South Georgia (S Atlantic)
  • 1915-08-15 Journalist Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, convicted of murder in Georgia
  • 1922-03-15 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
  • 1922-10-03 Rebecca Felton of Georgia becomes 1st woman in Senate
  • 1926-02-09 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools

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1932-02-02 Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)

Gangster Al Capone
Gangster
Al Capone
  • 1933-09-25 1st state poorhouse opens in Smyrna, Georgia
  • 1936-04-06 Tornado, kills 203 & injuring 1,800 in Gainesville Georgia
  • 1940-01-27 -17°F (-27°C), CCC Camp F-16, Georgia (state record)
  • 1942-12-08 8th Heisman Trophy Award: Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (HB)
  • 1943-08-25 US forces overrun New Georgia in Solomon Islands during WW II
  • 1949-06-09 Mrs Georgia Neese Clark of Kansas becomes 1st woman treasurer of US

Sport awardGolf Tournament

1951-09-09 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1952-07-24 112°F (44°C), Louisville, Georgia (state record)
  • 1953-02-19 Georgia approves US 1st literature censorship board
  • 1954-04-04 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
  • 1957-02-14 Georgia Senate unanimously approves Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites

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1960-11-14 Ray Charles' "Georgia On My Mind" reaches #1

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles

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1962-07-10 Martin Luther King Jr. arrested during demonstration in Georgia

Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1696-12-22 James Oglethorpe, England, General/author/colonizer (Georgia)
  • 1825-06-05 Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry, Georgia, educator (Rep-Ala, 1857-61)
  • 1829-01-30 Alfred Cummings, Georgia, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1910)
  • 1868-01-15 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian veterinarian/premier (1918-21)
  • 1876-07-17 Rosa Jackson Lumpkin, lived to be 115 years old, born in Flint, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1877-09-10 Georgia B D Camp Johnson, US, poet/playwright (Autumn Love Cycle)
  • 1885-04-29 Wallingford Riegger, Albany Georgia, composer (Bacchangle)

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1887-11-15 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Cow's Skull), born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin (d. 1986)

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 1893-07-01 Walter Francis White, Atlanta Georgia
  • 1893-07-07 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Soviet Georgia, poet (Ode to Revolution)[NS=7/19]
  • 1893-07-19 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Soviet Georgia, poet (Ode to Revolution)[OS=7/7]

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1902-03-17 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

Golfer Bobby Jones
Golfer
Bobby Jones
  • 1903-06-06 Aram Il'yich Khachaturian, Tiflis Georgia, musician/composer (Gayane)
  • 1907-02-10 Grace Hamilton, 1st African American member of Georgia state legislature
  • 1920-08-17 Georgia Gibbs, Worcester Mass, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire)
  • 1926-08-15 Georgiann Johnson, Decorah Iowa, actress (Marge-Mr Peepers)
  • 1927-08-18 Rosalynn Smith Carter, Georgia, 1st lady (1977-1981), Jimmy's lust
  • 1928-03-18 William R Boggs, Georgia, Brig Gen/chief of engineers under Bragg
  • 1929-01-19 Ulu Grosbard, Belgium, actor (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love)
  • 1929-05-21 Charles Wadsworth, Barnesville Georgia, pianist (Lincoln Center)

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1930-09-23 Ray Charles [Robinson], Albany Ga, singer/pianist (Georgia), (Georgia on My Mind, Mess Around) (d. 2004)

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • 1931-09-19 Brook Benton, soul vocalist (Rainy Night in Georgia)
  • 1933-02-05 Nick Georgiade, actor (Untouchables, Run Buddy Run), born in NYC, New York
  • 1935-08-10 Giya Alexandrovich Kancheli, Georgian composer (Night Prayers)
  • 1936-10-28 Charlie Daniels, Wilmington NC, singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia)
  • 1937-03-29 Billy Carter, Plains Georgia, brother of Pres Carter
  • 1937-07-31 Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic-bronze-56)
  • 1938-09-08 Sam Nunn, American politician (Sen-D-Georgia, 1972 - 1997)
  • 1940-02-21 John Lewis, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1941-07-01 Sally Quinn, Georgia, CBS newscaster (Morning Show)
  • 1942-08-25 Nathen Deal, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1942-09-09 John Linder, (Rep-R-Georgia)
  • 1944-10-15 Mac Collins, (Rep-R-Georgia)
  • 1945-06-23 Paul Goddard, Georgia, rock bassist (Atlanta Rhythm Section)
  • 1947-02-04 Sanford Bishop, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1947-09-09 Freddy Weller, Georgia, rocker (Paul Revers & The Raiders)
  • 1948-07-28 Georgia Engel, actress (Georgette- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-10-26 Kevin Sullivan, wrestler (WCW/ECW/SMW/NWA/Georgia/CWFI)
  • 1955-03-17 Cynthia McKinney, (Rep-D-Georgia)
  • 1955-04-14 Simone Griffeth, Savannah Georgia, actress (Death Race 2000, Amanda's)
  • 1955-04-24 Jack Kingston, (Rep-R-Georgia)
  • 1957-02-28 Cindy Wilson, Athens Georgia, rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack)
  • 1957-04-23 Jan Hooks, Decatur Georgia, comedienne actress (SNL, Designing Women)
  • 1958-03-20 Holly Hunter, Conyers Georgia, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano)
  • 1964-09-28 Susan Walters, Georgia, actress (Lorna-Loving, Mary Beth-Dear John)

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1967-10-28 Julia Roberts, Smyrna Georgia, actress (Mystic Pizza, Pretty Woman)

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
  • 1967-11-02 Darla Michele Pruett, Canton Georgia, Miss Georgia-America (1991)
  • 1968-02-09 Paul Claxton, Vidalia GA, Nike golfer (NIKE Central Georgia Open-38th)
  • 1968-08-18 Griffin Drew, Hazelhurst Georgia, actress (Dinosaur Island)
  • 1969-03-29 [Jane] Kim[berly] Batten, McRae Georgia, 400m hurdler (Oly-silver-96)
  • 1971-03-28 Damien Marsh, Georgia, Australian 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-04-02 Jenny Craig, Miss Georgia USA (1996)
  • 1971-04-15 Guivi Sissaouri, Tbilisi Georgia, Canada freestyle wrestler (Oly-s-96)
  • 1971-11-17 Audra Keller, Macon Georgia, tennis star (1993 Futures-Evansville IN)
  • 1972-03-13 Shea Olliff, Miss America-Georgia (1997), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1973-11-15 Rachel Kathleen English, Thomaston Ga, Miss America-Georgia (1996)
  • 1974-04-22 Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
  • 1974-08-20 Denesha Reid, Miss USA-Georgia (1997)
  • 1979-06-06 Summer Newman, Miss Georgia Teen USA (1996)
  • 1980-05-28 Cheri Wheeler, Miss Georgia Teen USA (1997)

Famous Deaths

  • 1812-09-12 Pyotr I Bagration, Georgian/Russian ruler/general, dies in battle
  • 1913-02-28 Elephant seal, 6.8-m, 4000-kg, killed in S Georgia (South Atlantic)
  • 1915-08-17 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia
  • 1953-01-11 Noach Zjordanija, Georgian Premier (1918-21), dies at 84
  • 1966-05-14 Georgia BD Camp Johnson, US poet/playwright, dies at 88

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1986-03-06 Georgia O'Keeffe, American sculptor/painter (Flowers), dies at 98

Painter and Sculptor Georgia O’Keeffe
Painter and Sculptor
Georgia O’Keeffe
  • 1992-04-07 Alix Talton, former Miss Georgia, dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 1994-12-03 Giorgi Chanturia, Pres of Georgia, assassinated
  • 1995-10-26 Georgia Neese Gray, 1st Woman Treasurer of USA, dies at 95

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2004-06-10 Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies at 73

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles