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5 Fun Facts About February 11 In Georgia History

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1. On February 11, 1755, the Georgia colony held its first royal legislative session. The session took place in Savannah and was presided over by Lieutenant Governor Henry Ellis.

2. On February 11, 1861, delegates from Georgia joined representatives from other Confederate states in Montgomery, Alabama to form the Confederate States of America. This marked the beginning of the Civil War, in which Georgia played a significant role as a Confederate state.

3. In 1922, on February 11th, African American athlete Alonzo Babers was born in Montgomery, Alabama. Babers went on to attend the United States Air Force Academy and became a two-time Olympic gold medalist in track and field in 1984.

4. On February 11, 1960, American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia for driving with an Alabama license but without the proper Georgia driver's license. This arrest became the catalyst for the Albany Movement, a series of protests and demonstrations aimed at ending segregation in Albany, Georgia.

5. On February 11, 1990, the Georgia Dome, a multi-purpose stadium located in downtown Atlanta, opened its doors for the first time. The dome was the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world at the time and hosted events such as the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, and Olympic events during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
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