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5 Fun Facts About May 27 In Georgia History

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1. On May 27, 1863, Georgia played a significant role in the American Civil War as Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his army to victory in the Battle of Pickett's Mill. The battle took place in Paulding County, Georgia and was a Confederate victory against Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's army.

2. Georgia native and baseball legend, Hank Aaron, hit his 600th career home run on May 27, 1971, becoming only the third player in Major League Baseball history to reach the milestone. Aaron finished his career with 755 home runs and is still considered one of the greatest players of all time.

3. On May 27, 1927, aviator Charles Lindbergh made history by completing the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. He departed from New York and arrived in Paris, becoming an international celebrity and a symbol of American ingenuity and achievement.

4. The Georgia World Congress Center, one of the largest convention centers in the United States, officially opened its doors on May 27, 1976. Since then, it has hosted numerous events, including concerts, political conventions, and sporting events.

5. One of Georgia's most notable landmarks, Stone Mountain, was designated as a Confederate memorial on May 27, 1970. The mountain features a massive carving of Confederate leaders Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson, which has been the subject of controversy and criticism in recent years.
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