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5 Fun Facts About March 13 In Georgia History

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1. On March 13, 1733, James Oglethorpe landed at Yamacraw Bluff on the Savannah River with the first group of settlers for the colony of Georgia. Oglethorpe, a British soldier and philanthropist, had founded Georgia as a refuge for debtors and the “worthy poor” and to create a buffer zone between the British colonies in North America and Spanish Florida.

2. On March 13, 1865, during the American Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman’s army occupied the city of Fayetteville, Georgia. The city was a major transportation hub for Confederate forces and its capture helped Sherman’s army continue its march toward Atlanta.

3. On March 13, 1899, Georgia Tech was established as the Georgia School of Technology. The school was initially focused on mechanical engineering and textile manufacturing but expanded to include a wide range of academic programs. Today, Georgia Tech is known for its strong programs in engineering, computing, and the sciences.

4. On March 13, 1911, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts of the USA in Savannah, Georgia. Low, a native of Savannah, used her own experiences in scouting in England to create a program for American girls that emphasized self-reliance, outdoor skills, and community service.

5. On March 13, 1987, Atlanta hosted the first round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The games were played at the Omni Coliseum and featured top-seeded teams such as Indiana, Georgetown, and North Carolina. The tournament would ultimately be won by Bob Knight’s Indiana Hoosiers, who defeated Syracuse University in the championship game.
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