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5 Fun Facts About April 3 In Georgia History

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1. In 1865, during the American Civil War, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and most of his cabinet fled Richmond, Virginia to avoid capture by Union forces. They eventually arrived in Washington, Georgia, and set up a temporary capital in the town's Presbyterian church.

2. On April 3, 1930, the first game was played at The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The tournament has since become one of the most prestigious and beloved events in golf, attracting top players from around the world each year.

3. In 1944, a devastating tornado swept through the small town of Seneca, Georgia, killing nine people and injuring dozens more. The tornado demolished homes, businesses, and schools, and remains one of the deadliest ever recorded in the state.

4. April 3, 1974, saw the opening of the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta. The massive facility spans 3.9 million square feet and hosts a wide range of events, from trade shows and conventions to concerts and sporting events.

5. In 2009, Georgia became the first state in the country to establish a "Child Fatality Review Board" to investigate and analyze all deaths of children under the age of 18. The board's aim is to identify ways to prevent similar deaths from happening in the future and to promote better child safety policies and practices.
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