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5 Fun Facts About February 12 In Georgia History

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1. In 1733, James Oglethorpe and the first colonists landed at Yamacraw Bluff, which later became the site of Savannah. This marked the beginning of the colonization of Georgia and the establishment of Georgia as a colony of Great Britain.

2. In 1870, Hiram R. Revels was sworn in as the first African American United States Senator. Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, had previously served as a chaplain and teacher in Georgia during the Civil War.

3. In 1940, the Atlanta Historical Society was formally organized. The society is dedicated to preserving and promoting Atlanta's history and heritage.

4. In 2002, the Winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Georgia native and figure skater Tara Lipinski won the gold medal in women's figure skating, becoming the youngest individual gold medalist in Winter Olympics history at age 15.

5. In 2014, Atlanta-based musician and producer Pharrell Williams performed his chart-topping hit "Happy" at the NBA All-Star Game halftime show in New Orleans. The song became a global phenomenon and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
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