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5 Fun Facts About November 14 In Georgia History

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1. In 1915, Grand Central Station in Atlanta officially opened to the public. The station was constructed to replace the previous Union Station, which was deemed too small to accommodate the growing number of train passengers in the city.

2. In 1735, Georgia founder James Oglethorpe appointed William Stephens as the first Secretary of the Province of Georgia. Stephens would later serve as Acting Governor of Georgia from 1751 to 1753.

3. In 1865, during the Civil War, Union forces led by General William T. Sherman reached Milledgeville, the capital of Georgia. The city was captured without a fight, and Sherman declared it the "most lovely and interesting town" he had encountered on his march through Georgia.

4. In 1940, the Cobb County Airport (now called McCollum Field) opened in Kennesaw, Georgia. The airport served as a training facility for the Army Air Corps during World War II and is now used primarily for general aviation.

5. In 1878, Elberton, Georgia, became the first city in the state to have electric lights. The Elberton Gas Light Company installed the lights, which were powered by a hydroelectric plant on the nearby Broad River.
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