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5 Fun Facts About January 11 In Georgia History

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1. On January 11, 1786, John McIntosh, a prominent American Indian trader and interpreter, was born in Georgia. He played a significant role in the Creek War of 1813-1814 as a mediator between hostile Indian tribes and the United States government.

2. In 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the United States and join the Confederate States of America, which led to the American Civil War.

3. On January 11, 1913, the first flight in Georgia was made by aviators Thaddeus S. C. Lowe and George E. Schuler at the Georgia State Fairgrounds in Macon.

4. In 1973, Georgia governor Jimmy Carter signed a bill that created MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, which provides public transportation services to the Atlanta metropolitan area.

5. On January 11, 1983, the Georgia Dome, a multi-purpose stadium located in Atlanta, opened to the public. The stadium hosted numerous sporting events, concerts, and other events until it was demolished in 2017 to make way for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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