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5 Fun Facts About August 26 In Georgia History

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1. In 1908, Atlanta's Orly Field hosted the first North Georgia Fair. This event has since become an annual tradition and is now known as the North Georgia State Fair.

2. On August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was officially adopted, granting women the right to vote. Georgia was the first southern state to ratify the amendment on June 24, 1919.

3. In 1977, Georgia Governor George Busbee signed into law a bill officially adopting the Cherokee rose as Georgia's state floral emblem. The flower's heritage in Georgia dates back to the Trail of Tears, when the Cherokee people were forced to relocate from their homelands in the southeast to Oklahoma.

4. August 26, 1949 marked the dedication of the iconic Civil War Memorial at Stone Mountain Park. The massive bas-relief carving depicts Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.

5. On August 26, 1996, the Summer Olympics came to a close in Atlanta. The games spanned 17 days and featured almost 11,000 athletes from 197 countries. The opening ceremony included memorable moments such as Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic torch and the debut of the team known as Dream Team III, featuring basketball superstars like Shaquille O'Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon.
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