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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In Georgia History

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1. In 1862, the Battle of Newton occurred during the American Civil War, where Union troops under Colonel John W. Geary defeated Confederate troops under General Prince Polignac. The battle took place near Newton, Georgia and resulted in significant casualties on both sides.

2. On April 29, 1922, the famous golfer Bobby Jones won his first tournament at the age of 10. He played in the inverted nines course (playing the second nine first) in the nascent East Lake Country Club. East Lake was the only golf course within the Atlanta city limits from 1908 until they opened Bobby Jones Golf Course in 1932.

3. In 1942, a devastating tornado hit the town of LaGrange, Georgia, killing 18 people and causing extensive damage to buildings and property. The tornado was classified as an F4 on the Fujita scale, with winds reaching up to 260 miles per hour.

4. On April 29, 1976, the Atlanta Braves set a Major League Baseball record by using three catchers in one game. The game was a 16-inning match against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Braves eventually won the game 1-0, with outfielder Rowland Office scoring the winning run.

5. In 1992, Georgia became the first state in the United States to legalize video lottery terminals (VLTs), which are electronic gambling machines. The decision was controversial as many believed that VLTs were a form of gambling that would lead to increased addiction and crime. Nevertheless, VLTs have since become a popular attraction at several venues across the state, including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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