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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In Georgia History

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1. On November 16, 1735, the Georgia Trustees announced that they had banned rum and other strong spirits in the colony. This decision was made in an effort to combat excessive drinking and related social problems.

2. In 1864, during the Civil War, General William T. Sherman and his Union troops began their march to the sea from Atlanta, Georgia. The march was a 285-mile campaign that destroyed much of the South's infrastructure, including railroads and factories.

3. On November 16, 1933, the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation was incorporated. The foundation was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to support the treatment of polio patients and research to find a cure for the disease.

4. In 1975, the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles commuted the death sentence of convicted murderer Howard Heidler to life in prison without parole. Heidler had been on death row for ten years and was known as one of the longest-serving death row inmates at the time.

5. On November 16, 1981, the Georgia Dome opened in Atlanta. The Dome was the largest cable-supported domed stadium in the world at the time and served as the home stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Georgia State Panthers football team until it was demolished in 2017.
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