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5 Fun Facts About May 19 In Georgia History

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1. In 2006, Georgia was hit by a massive tornado outbreak on May 19th. The outbreak caused significant damage and claimed the lives of eight people in the state.

2. On May 19, 1864, Union General William T. Sherman began his Atlanta campaign during the Civil War. This campaign led to the capture of Atlanta, a major turning point in the war.

3. On May 19, 1962, Georgia Governor Ernest Vandiver signed a bill that ended segregation in Georgia's public schools. This was a significant moment in the civil rights movement in Georgia.

4. On this day in 1932, the Atlanta Braves (then known as the Boston Braves) played their first night game at Braves Field. The game was against the Brooklyn Dodgers and ended in a 5-5 tie.

5. In 2019, May 19th marked the beginning of the 97th running of the Atlanta Cycling Classic, an annual cycling race that takes place in downtown Atlanta. The race attracts top cyclists from around the world and is a popular event for cycling enthusiasts.
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