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5 Fun Facts About January 20 In Georgia History

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1. In 1733, the colony of Georgia was founded by James Oglethorpe and a group of colonists who arrived in Savannah.
2. On January 20, 1861, Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy, leading to the start of the American Civil War.
3. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Warm Springs, Georgia, where he had established a polio rehabilitation center in 1927 and had often visited to undergo treatments.
4. On January 20, 1941, former Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge was sworn in as governor for a third term, but only served for one month before his death in office.
5. In 2018, Stacey Abrams became the first African American woman to deliver the official Democratic response to the State of the Union address, which took place on January 30 but was delivered from Atlanta, Georgia on January 29.
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