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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Georgia History

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1. In 1864, during the American Civil War, General William T. Sherman's Union troops arrived in Atlanta, beginning a siege that would last for weeks before the city fell to Union control.

2. On July 22, 1937, the infamous trial of African American sharecropper James C. Burge began in Monroe, Georgia. Burge was accused of raping a white woman and was ultimately convicted and sentenced to death, despite widespread doubt about his guilt and a lack of physical evidence.

3. In 1956, the Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago, and Georgia Governor Herman Talmadge was among the speakers who addressed the convention.

4. On July 22, 1996, a terrorist bomb exploded at the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, killing two people and injuring over 100 others. The perpetrator, Eric Rudolph, was not captured until 2003.

5. In 2019, the PGA Tour's inaugural 3M Open golf tournament concluded at the TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. Georgia native Michael Thompson won the tournament, earning his second career PGA Tour victory.
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