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5 Fun Facts About April 13 In Georgia History

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1. In 1740, Georgia's founder and colonial governor, James Oglethorpe, led a successful attack against Spanish forces in a battle at Fort Mosa in Florida.

2. On April 13, 1862, Union forces led by General Ormsby Mitchel captured Huntsville, Alabama, a major railway center and strategic location in the American Civil War. This victory paved the way for the Union's further advances into the South.

3. In 1873, Savannah, Georgia's first public school for African American students, was established. The school, named Beach Institute, was founded by the American Missionary Association and provided education to black students in Savannah for over 75 years.

4. On April 13, 1972, Atlanta's first public transportation system was launched with the opening of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). The MARTA system includes both trains and buses and has helped alleviate traffic congestion in the metropolitan area.

5. In 2010, Augusta, Georgia hosted the 74th Masters Tournament, which was won by Phil Mickelson. The Masters is one of the four major championships in professional golf and is held annually at Augusta National Golf Club.
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