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5 Fun Facts About August 18 In Georgia History

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1. In 1919, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which granted women the right to vote, was ratified by Georgia.
2. On August 18, 1951, the Atlanta Crackers baseball team beat the Nashville Volunteers 9-7 in front of a record-breaking crowd of 67,003 at Atlanta's Ponce de Leon Park.
3. In 1965, the Athens-Clarke County Library officially opened its doors to the public, becoming the first consolidated library in Georgia.
4. On August 18, 1974, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter pardoned all Vietnam War draft evaders who had fled to Georgia but had not been convicted of any crime.
5. The Peachtree Road Race, a 10K race held annually in Atlanta, has been held on July 4th since its inception in 1970. However, in 1996, due to the Summer Olympics being held in Atlanta, the race was held on August 18th that year.
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