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5 Fun Facts About December 12 In Georgia History

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1. In 1863, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston withdrew his army from Ringgold, Georgia during the Battle of Wauhatchie, marking a partial Union victory in the Civil War.

2. On December 12, 1892, John H. Bankhead became a U.S. Senator, representing Alabama. Bankhead was born in Marion County, Georgia and later practiced law in Carrollton, Georgia.

3. In 1902, a large fire broke out in downtown Dawson, Georgia, destroying much of the business district.

4. On this day in 1929, Dr. Maulana Karenga was born in Parsonsburg, Maryland. Karenga later founded Kwanzaa, a holiday celebrated by many African Americans that encourages reflection on African values and culture.

5. On December 12, 1974, the Georgia Supreme Court overturned the conviction of former Governor Lester Maddox for violating civil rights laws during his time as owner of a restaurant that famously refused to serve black customers.
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