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5 Fun Facts About January 5 In Georgia History

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1. In 1777, Georgia became the first state to ratify the Articles of Confederation, which served as the country's first constitution until 1789.

2. In 1946, the first train of the newly created Southern Railway System arrived in Atlanta, connecting the city to major cities across the Southeast and helping to promote economic growth.

3. In 1915, the Coca-Cola Company introduced its iconic contour bottle, which is still used today as a recognizable symbol of the brand.

4. In 1992, Sharon Pratt Dixon became the first African American woman to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city when she was inaugurated as mayor of Washington, D.C. She was originally from Georgia.

5. In 1865, General William T. Sherman's Union troops captured Fort McAlister in Georgia during his famous March to the Sea campaign. The fort had served as a defensive position for Confederate forces during the Civil War.
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