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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In Georgia History

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1. On July 25, 1941, the United States Army created Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega, GA. The camp was named after Colonel Frank D. Merrill, who was a leader in the development of joint Army Ranger-Paratrooper operations during World War II.
2. Georgia's first ever recorded earthquake struck on July 25, 1776 in Augusta. The earthquake reportedly caused "great alterations in the earth" and resulted in significant damage to buildings in the town.
3. The infamous Atlanta Child Murders case came to a conclusion on July 25, 1981, when Wayne Williams was arrested for the murders of two adults. Although Williams was not convicted of the child murders, many have speculated that he was responsible for them as well.
4. On July 25, 1939, a massive hurricane struck the coastline of Georgia, causing widespread destruction and claiming over 180 lives. It was one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit Georgia.
5. The famous Georgia Peachtree Road Race takes place annually on July 4th, but the first ever Peachtree Road Race was actually held on July 25, 1970. The race has become a beloved tradition in Atlanta, drawing thousands of runners and spectators each year.
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