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5 Fun Facts About January 13 In Georgia History

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1. On January 13, 1733, the first ship of English colonists arrived in Georgia, led by James Oglethorpe. The group founded the settlement of Savannah, which would later become the state's first capital.

2. The Georgia State Capitol building was dedicated on January 13, 1889. The building, located in downtown Atlanta, has served as the seat of Georgia's government and the governor's office for over 130 years.

3. On January 13, 1915, the Georgia State Normal School opened its doors for the first time in Athens, Georgia. The institution, which later became the University of Georgia, was established to train teachers and has since become a major research university.

4. Joe Frank Harris was sworn in as the 78th Governor of Georgia on January 13, 1983. Harris served two terms as governor during a period of significant economic growth for the state, and helped establish Georgia's reputation as a hub for international business.

5. On January 13, 2012, the Atlanta Falcons announced plans to build a new stadium in downtown Atlanta. The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in 2017, has since become a major landmark and venue for sporting events and concerts in the city.
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