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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In Georgia History

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1. In 1977, Atlanta Braves player Davey Lopes stole his 38th consecutive base, breaking the National League record.

2. In 1864, during the American Civil War, Union troops occupied the city of Atlanta, marking a crucial victory for the Union Army.

3. In 1960, civil rights activist Hosea Williams led a sit-in at a segregated Atlanta restaurant, which resulted in his arrest and highlighted the ongoing struggle for desegregation in the South.

4. In 1996, the Summer Olympics began in Atlanta, marking the first time the event was held in the southern United States.

5. In 1887, the Georgia Institute of Technology (commonly known as Georgia Tech) was founded in Atlanta, and has since played a pivotal role in shaping the state's economy and technology industries.
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