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5 Fun Facts About April 4 In Georgia History

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1. In 1937, the infamous Tupelo tornado outbreak began on April 4th with a tornado touching down in Tupelo, Mississippi. The outbreak would go on to become the fourth deadliest in United States history, claiming 216 lives across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.

2. On April 4, 1865, Union forces under General James H. Wilson captured the city of Selma, Alabama during the American Civil War. This strategic victory helped pave the way for the eventual defeat of the Confederacy and the end of the war.

3. In 1968, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th. King had played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement and his death sparked protests and riots across the country, including in Georgia.

4. On April 4, 1900, Georgia governor Allen D. Candler signed a bill that established Georgia State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now known as Georgia State University) in Atlanta. The school would go on to become one of the largest universities in Georgia.

5. In 1960, the first ever Atlanta Braves game was played on April 4th at Milwaukee County Stadium. The Braves would go on to move to Atlanta in 1966, and the team has since become a beloved fixture of Georgia sports culture.
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