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5 Fun Facts About February 16 In Georgia History

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1. On February 16, 1933, the Georgia state legislature ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, which repealed Prohibition. This allowed for the production, sale, and consumption of alcohol to resume legally in the state.

2. In 1946, the Georgia State Senate approved a resolution calling for segregation of races in all public accommodations. This resolution was one of many steps taken by the state to enforce its policies of racial segregation during the mid-20th century civil rights movement.

3. February 16, 1948, marks the birth of actor and comedian Christopher Guest in New York City. Although not born in Georgia, Guest attended the prestigious Westminster Schools in Atlanta during his childhood.

4. The Georgia General Assembly passed a bill on February 16, 1981, that created the Georgia Lottery Corporation. This bill allowed for the creation of a statewide lottery that has since generated billions of dollars in revenue for education and other state programs.

5. On February 16, 2005, a rare snow event blanketed much of Georgia, causing thousands of schools and businesses to close. Some parts of the state saw more than a foot of snow, making travel difficult and resulting in widespread power outages. Despite the difficulties posed by the storm, many Georgians enjoyed the unexpected opportunity to play in the snow.
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