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5 Fun Facts About February 9 In Georgia History

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1. On February 9, 1736, James Oglethorpe, the founder of the Colony of Georgia, arrived in Savannah with the first group of settlers. This marked the beginning of the establishment of Georgia as the last British colony in America.

2. The state of Georgia was officially recognized by the United States on February 9, 1788, when it became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Georgia played a significant role in the American Revolution and the fight for independence.

3. In 1926, the Masters Golf Tournament was held for the first time in Augusta, Georgia, on February 9. This iconic golf event is held annually in Augusta and is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.

4. On February 9, 1960, the first eight African American students enrolled in the University of Georgia. This historic event marked a significant milestone in the Civil Rights Movement and helped to pave the way for racial integration in education.

5. In 1971, the Atlanta Hawks basketball team played their first game in their new home at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta on February 9. The Hawks had previously played in St. Louis and Milwaukee before relocating to Atlanta, where they have remained ever since.
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