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5 Fun Facts About July 2 In Georgia History

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1. On July 2, 1811, the first bank in Georgia, The Bank of Darien, was established. Located in Darien, Georgia, the bank was created to provide financial services for the growing lumber industry.

2. July 2, 1863, marked the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. While the battle did not take place in Georgia, many soldiers from the state fought and died during the conflict.

3. One of Georgia's governors, Ellis Arnall, was born on July 2, 1907. Arnall served from 1943 to 1947 and is known for his progressive views on civil rights and education.

4. July 2, 1964, was a significant day in Georgia history as the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The act aimed to end discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

5. On July 2, 1988, the Centennial Olympic Games Torch Relay began in Georgia. The relay, which started in Athens, would eventually travel over 15,000 miles and through all 50 states before ending in Los Angeles for the start of the Olympic Games.
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