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5 Fun Facts About April 7 In Georgia History

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1. On April 7, 1970, the Atlanta Hawks basketball team won their first division championship in franchise history. They beat out the Baltimore Bullets for the title.

2. On April 7, 1862, the Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee, just south of the Georgia border. Thousands of soldiers from both the Union and Confederate armies fought in the two-day battle.

3. On April 7, 2017, a massive fire broke out at the Interstate 85 bridge in Atlanta, causing a portion of the bridge to collapse. The incident caused major traffic disruptions in the city for several months.

4. On April 7, 1997, James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, died in a Nashville prison. Ray had spent the last years of his life in prison, attempting to win a retrial for the murder.

5. On April 7, 1965, the Georgia State Capitol building was declared a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. The building, which was completed in 1889, is a significant example of late 19th-century architecture and design.
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