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5 Fun Facts About March 4 In Georgia History

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1. On March 4, 1831, the Georgia Gold Rush officially began when the first gold was discovered in the north Georgia mountains. This discovery led to a rush of immigrants and miners to the region, and ultimately a major economic boom for the state.

2. In 1918, on March 4th, Georgia native and baseball legend Ty Cobb was named the new manager of the Detroit Tigers. Cobb is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history, and his tenure as a manager was highly successful as well.

3. On March 4, 1935, Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge signed a bill that created the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. This board is responsible for reviewing and granting pardons and paroles for inmates in Georgia prisons, and is still in operation today.

4. March 4th, 1974, was a significant day in Georgia politics, as it marked the first time in nearly 130 years that a Republican was elected to the state Senate. Newt Gingrich, who would later become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, won the seat representing the 21st district.

5. Finally, on March 4, 2008, Georgia held its presidential primary as part of Super Tuesday. This primary was notable for the extremely high voter turnout, with more than two million people casting ballots across the state. Ultimately, Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee emerged as the victors of the Democratic and Republican primaries, respectively.
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