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5 Fun Facts About May 4 In Georgia History

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1. On May 4, 1970, a group of students at Kent State University in Ohio organized a protest against the Vietnam War. The protest turned deadly when National Guardsmen opened fire on the unarmed students, killing four and injuring nine others. This event had a profound effect on the anti-war movement and sparked protests across the country.

2. On May 4, 1826, the Creek Indian leader William McIntosh was executed by his own people for signing the Treaty of Indian Springs with the United States. McIntosh's execution marked the end of the Creek Indian Wars and the final cession of land by the Creeks to the U.S. government.

3. The Atlanta Braves baseball team played their first game at Turner Field on May 4, 1997. The stadium served as the Braves' home field until 2016, and was known for its stunning views of the Atlanta skyline and its signature "Tomahawk Chop" chant.

4. On May 4, 1913, the Castleberry Hill neighborhood in Atlanta experienced a devastating fire that destroyed 150 homes and businesses. The fire was caused by a spark from a passing train and quickly spread due to strong winds. The community rallied together to rebuild, and today Castleberry Hill is a vibrant arts district known for its galleries and restaurants.

5. May 4 is also known as National Life Insurance Day, a holiday that commemorates the founding of the first life insurance company in the United States in 1759. Life insurance is an important financial tool that helps families protect their financial futures in the event of an unexpected loss.
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