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5 Fun Facts About January 22 In Georgia History

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1. In 1865, during the American Civil War, General William T. Sherman issued Special Field Order No. 15, which designated specific areas of Confederate land along the coast of Georgia for distribution to newly freed slaves. This order, also known as the "40 acres and a mule" policy, aimed to provide land and resources to formerly enslaved people and help them establish their own communities.

2. On January 22, 1897, the Atlanta premiere of the historically significant film The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight took place. Produced by Enoch J. Rector, the 100-minute film captured the boxing match between James J. Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons, which had taken place in Carson City, Nevada the previous year. The film was shown at the Grand Opera House in Atlanta and was one of the first motion pictures to be screened for a paying audience in the city.

3. In 1901, the Georgia state legislature approved the creation of the Georgia Normal and Industrial College, which later became Georgia College & State University. The school was established as a women's college and focused on teacher education and vocational training. It opened its doors to students later that year.

4. On January 22, 1973, Georgia Congressman Andrew Young was appointed as the first African American ambassador to the United Nations by President Jimmy Carter. Young had previously served as a key leader in the civil rights movement and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia's 5th congressional district.

5. In 2018, Georgia State Senator Jen Jordan gave a powerful speech on the Senate floor in opposition to a bill that would have restricted access to abortion in the state. The speech went viral and helped bring national attention to the issue of reproductive rights in Georgia. The bill ultimately failed to pass, but the fight for reproductive justice in Georgia continues.
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