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5 Fun Facts About August 20 In Georgia History

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1. In 1940, the 3rd Infantry Division was activated at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. The division would later play a key role in military operations during World War II, the Korean War, and the Gulf War.

2. On August 20, 1966, the Atlanta Braves played their final game at Milwaukee County Stadium before relocating to Atlanta for the 1967 season. The team remains a beloved sports franchise in Georgia to this day.

3. The state of Georgia was formally admitted to the United States on August 20, 1792. Georgia was the fourth state to join the newly-formed nation.

4. On this day in 1866, the state legislature approved the formation of the Georgia Agricultural and Mechanical College in Athens. The school would later become the University of Georgia, one of the state's flagship universities.

5. In 1858, the Atlanta City Council was officially incorporated. Since then, Atlanta has grown into a thriving metropolis and economic hub of the southeastern United States. Today, the city is home to nearly 500,000 residents and countless businesses and cultural institutions.
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