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5 Fun Facts About July 5 In Georgia History

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1. In 1955, the Savannah River Site was established by the US government. This nuclear site, located near Aiken, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia, was used primarily for the production of nuclear weapons and materials during the Cold War era.

2. On July 5, 1775, the Liberty Boys, a group of Georgia patriots, burned the British schooner H.M.S. Nancy in Savannah Harbor. This act of defiance helped to ignite the Revolutionary War in Georgia.

3. In 1833, the Georgia State Board of Education was created by an act of the state legislature. This board had the authority to appoint local school commissioners and to establish a state-wide system of public schools.

4. On July 5, 1877, the first test of the nation's first Coca-Cola formula was made in Atlanta, Georgia, by Dr. John S. Pemberton. The original recipe included coca leaves and kola nuts and was sold as a medicine.

5. In 1999, the U.S. Women's Open golf championship was held at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Duluth, Georgia. Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam won the tournament, becoming the first woman to break the 20-under-par barrier in a major championship.
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