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5 Fun Facts About April 6 In Georgia History

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1. On April 6, 1865, the Battle of Columbus took place in Georgia as part of the American Civil War. Union forces led by General James H. Wilson defeated Confederate troops and captured the city, marking a significant victory for the Union in the final days of the war.

2. On April 6, 1936, civil rights leader Raymond Pace Alexander became the first African American admitted to the Georgia Bar Association. Alexander went on to become a prominent figure in the fight for racial equality and justice, serving as the first black judge in Philadelphia and co-founding the National Bar Association.

3. April 6, 1996 saw the opening of the Centennial Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, which was built to host the Summer Olympics later that year. The stadium, which had a capacity of over 85,000, was later converted into Turner Field, the home ballpark of the Atlanta Braves, before being demolished in 2017.

4. In 2010, several tornadoes struck Georgia on April 6, causing significant damage and a number of fatalities. The storms were part of a severe weather outbreak that affected several states across the southeastern United States.

5. On April 6, 2012, former NFL linebacker Junior Seau was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Oceanside, California. Seau was born in San Diego, California but grew up in Oceanside, and played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots during his career. He was posthumously diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated head trauma.
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