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5 Fun Facts About January 18 In Georgia History

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1. In 1777, Georgia's first constitution was adopted in Savannah. This document established the state's government and laid the foundation for future political developments.

2. On January 18, 1865, Union General William T. Sherman's troops entered Savannah, effectively ending their "March to the Sea" campaign. The fall of Savannah was a significant blow to the Confederacy and helped pave the way for its eventual defeat.

3. President Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia on January 18, 1924. Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981, and remains an influential figure in American politics.

4. On January 18, 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union in response to Abraham Lincoln's election to the presidency. This decision helped trigger the American Civil War and had significant consequences for the state and the country as a whole.

5. In 2018, the city of Atlanta, Georgia hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game featured the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia, with Alabama ultimately coming out on top in a dramatic overtime victory.
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