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5 Fun Facts About March 3 In Georgia History

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1. In 1733, the first English colonists arrived in Georgia, led by General James Oglethorpe. They established the colony of Savannah, which became the first city in the state and was a key player in the Revolutionary War.

2. On March 3, 1820, the Georgia Gold Rush began with the discovery of gold in Lumpkin County. This event led to a boom in mining and the creation of many towns and settlements in the area.

3. In 1875, the first official Georgia state flag was adopted on March 3. The flag's design features three stripes with the state seal in the center and the words "Georgia's History" and "Georgia's Future" written on either side.

4. March 3, 1931, marked the opening of the famous Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The theatre, which is still in operation today, is known for its ornate architecture and was once one of the largest movie theaters in the world.

5. In 1975, Georgia Governor George Busbee signed the first MARTA bill into law on March 3. Later that year, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) began operations to provide public transportation in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
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