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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Georgia History

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1. In 1832, the Georgia Land Lottery was held in Milledgeville to distribute land among citizens of Georgia. Over 18,000 people received land in this lottery.

2. On March 29, 1865, the Battle of Lovejoy's Station took place during the American Civil War. Union forces led by General William T. Sherman attacked Confederate troops led by General William Hardee. The battle lasted for several hours, with the Union ultimately emerging victorious.

3. In 1872, Emory College was founded in Oxford, Georgia. Today, it is known as Emory University and is located in Atlanta.

4. On March 29, 1973, Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter signed a bill into law abolishing the death penalty in the state. However, the law was later overturned and the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

5. In 2012, the Georgia Aquarium announced the birth of three baby beluga whales. The whales were the first belugas to be born in a United States aquarium in nearly a decade.
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