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5 Fun Facts About January 23 In Georgia History

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1. On January 23, 1861, Georgia officially seceded from the United States, joining the Confederate States of America.

2. In 1909, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of America in Savannah, Georgia on January 23. Today, Girl Scouts is a renowned organization that empowers girls to become leaders in their communities.

3. On January 23, 1942, the Battle of Rabaul occurred in Papua New Guinea. This battle was significant to Georgia because it involved the Georgia National Guard's 121st Infantry Regiment, which was part of the South Pacific campaign during World War II.

4. Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th President of the United States on January 23, 1977. Carter was born and raised in Georgia, and served as the Governor of Georgia prior to becoming President.

5. The largest snowstorm in Georgia's history began on January 23, 2014. This storm, known as "Snowmageddon," brought up to 10 inches of snow to parts of Georgia and caused widespread power outages and road closures.
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