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5 Fun Facts About April 27 In Georgia History

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1. On April 27, 1865, Union troops under the command of General James H. Wilson captured the city of Columbus, Georgia, marking the end of the Civil War in the state.

2. In 1941, Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge signed the "Little White Primary" law, which effectively disenfranchised African American voters by allowing political parties to exclude them from primary elections.

3. On April 27, 1973, an F-5 tornado hit the town of Acworth, Georgia, killing two people and causing extensive damage.

4. In 1994, Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium hosted its final game before being replaced by Turner Field. The Atlanta Braves defeated the San Diego Padres 7-2 in front of a sellout crowd.

5. On April 27, 2011, a massive outbreak of tornadoes hit Georgia and other parts of the southeastern United States, causing widespread destruction and claiming the lives of at least 15 people in the state alone.
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