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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In Georgia History

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1. On July 29, 1964, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) at a conference in Jackson, Mississippi. The MFDP challenged the all-white Mississippi Democratic Party and sent a delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that same year.

2. In 1981, Georgia Governor George Busbee signed into law a bill that established the Georgia Lottery Corporation, making the state one of the first to have a legal lottery. The lottery provided funds for education in the state and has since grown to be one of the most successful lotteries in the country.

3. On July 29, 1996, the 26th Olympic games opened in Atlanta, Georgia. The games were significant for the city as they marked the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic games and brought significant economic benefits to Atlanta.

4. In 2005, Georgia Representative John Lewis led a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 40th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a pivotal event in the civil rights movement. Lewis had been beaten on the bridge during the original march in 1965.

5. On July 29, 2013, the Georgia State Board of Education voted to approve new science standards that included the teaching of evolution and climate change. The decision was controversial and led to protests from some religious groups who argued that the standards were undermining their beliefs.
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