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5 Fun Facts About August 29 In Georgia History

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1. On August 29, 1862, Confederate forces, including Georgia soldiers, won a victory over Union forces at the Second Battle of Bull Run (also known as Second Manassas) in Virginia. The Georgia soldiers fought with bravery and determination, ultimately helping to secure the Confederate victory.

2. On August 29, 1895, the first Georgia State Fair opened in Atlanta. The fair featured exhibits on agriculture, commerce, and industry, and quickly became one of the largest and most important fairs in the region.

3. On August 29, 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech in which he called for an end to segregation and racial discrimination in America. The speech, which took place at the annual convention of the NAACP in Atlanta, helped to define the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

4. On August 29, 1977, famed Georgia author Flannery O'Connor was honored with a commemorative postage stamp. O'Connor, who passed away in 1964, is best known for her short stories set in the American South, which often explore themes of religion, morality, and social justice.

5. On August 29, 1996, the Summer Olympics came to a close in Atlanta. The games, which were the centennial Olympics and marked the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic movement, were a major success for Georgia and the United States, and featured memorable performances by athletes like Michael Johnson and Kerri Strug.
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