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5 Fun Facts About August 8 In Georgia History

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1. Crawford Long, a physician and pharmacist from Danielsville, Georgia, was the first person to use inhaled sulfuric ether as an anesthetic during surgery on August 8, 1846. This discovery revolutionized medicine and made surgical procedures less painful and more safe.

2. On August 8, 1903, the Georgia legislature ratified the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allowed for the direct election of U.S. Senators by the people rather than by state legislatures.

3. The Battle of Utoy Creek took place in Georgia on August 8, 1864 during the American Civil War. This battle was a Union victory and helped lead to the eventual capture of Atlanta.

4. Baseball player and coach Ty Cobb was born in Narrows, Georgia on August 8, 1886. Cobb played for the Detroit Tigers and set numerous records in his career, including the highest career batting average.

5. The CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was established in Atlanta, Georgia on August 8, 1946. The CDC is the nation's leading public health institute and is responsible for researching, tracking, and preventing infectious diseases and other health threats.
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