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5 Fun Facts About August 9 In Georgia History

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1. On August 9, 1974, Governor Jimmy Carter proclaimed a state holiday to celebrate the release of the Allman Brothers Band album "Brothers and Sisters," which was recorded at Capricorn Studios in Macon, Georgia. The album went on to become a huge commercial success and is considered a classic of Southern rock.

2. In 1894, the first game of football was played in Georgia on August 9 between Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt University. The game was played in Atlanta and ended in a scoreless tie.

3. On August 9, 2010, an explosion occurred at the Imperial Sugar Company in Port Wentworth, Georgia, killing 14 people and injuring dozens more. The explosion was caused by the ignition of combustible sugar dust and led to significant changes in safety regulations for the industry.

4. August 9, 1864, marked the beginning of the Battle of Utoy Creek during the American Civil War. The battle was fought in southwest Atlanta and was part of the larger Atlanta Campaign.

5. In 1956, on August 9, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Atlanta while protesting racial segregation on a public bus. This arrest was a pivotal moment in the Civil Rights Movement and helped spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
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