Georgia (US) in 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 in Athens, Georgia
  • 1786-02-13 Abraham Baldwin selected president of University of Georgia

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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 Confederates surrender at Fort Pulaski, Georgia
  • 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 to Atlanta

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1864-05-06 Union Army General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia during the Atlanta Campaign (US Civil War)

  • 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
  • 1864-07-05 Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia(Skirmish at Pace's Ferry) fought during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War
  • 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

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

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 first African American to make an official speech in US House of Representatives (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 in South Georgia (South 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
  • 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
  • 1951-09-09 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Carrollton Georgia Golf Open
  • 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

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
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, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (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, American 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
  • 1893-07-19 Vladimir Mayakovsky, Russian poet (Ode to Revolution), born in Baghdati, Soviet Georgia [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 Khachaturian, Soviet composer, (Gayane, Sabre Dance), born in Tbilisi, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1907-02-10 Grace Hamilton, 1st African American member of Georgia state legislature
  • 1920-08-17 Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts
  • 1926-08-15 Georgiann Johnson, American actress (Marge-Mr Peepers), born in Decorah, Iowa
  • 1927-08-18 Rosalynn Smith Carter, American 1st lady (1977-1981), born in Plains, Georgia
  • 1928-03-18 William R Boggs, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and chief of engineers, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1911)
  • 1929-01-19 Ulu Grosbard, Belgian 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], American singer and pianist (Georgia), (Georgia on My Mind, Mess Around), born in Albany, Georgia (d. 2004)

Musician Ray Charles
Musician
Ray Charles
  • 1931-09-19 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1933-02-05 Nick Georgiade, American 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, singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1937-03-29 Billy Carter, American brother of US President Jimmy Carter, born in Plains, Georgia
  • 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, American politician (Rep-D-Georgia) and prominent civil rights leader (Big Six), born in Troy, Alabama
  • 1941-07-01 Sally Quinn, Georgia, CBS newscaster (Morning Show)
  • 1942-08-25 Nathan Deal, American attorney and politician (Rep-D-Georgia), born in Millen, 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, American actress (Georgette- The Mary Tyler Moore Show), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1949-10-26 Kevin Sullivan, American wrestler (WCW/ECW/SMW/NWA/Georgia/CWFI), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 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, American rock vocalist (B-52's-Love Shack), born in Athens, Georgia
  • 1957-04-23 Jan Hooks, Decatur Georgia, comedienne actress (SNL, Designing Women)

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1958-03-20 Holly Hunter, American actress (Broadcast News, The Piano), born in Conyers, Georgia

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter
  • 1964-09-28 Susan Walters, Georgia, actress (Lorna-Loving, Mary Beth-Dear John)

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

Actress Julia Roberts
Actress
Julia Roberts
  • 1968-02-09 Paul Claxton, American professional golfer, born in Vidalia, Georgia
  • 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)
  • 1971-04-15 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)

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, President 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