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5 Fun Facts About November 17 In Georgia History

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1. On November 17, 1732, Georgia's founder and British General, James Oglethorpe, arrived in Savannah with the first group of colonists, who were mostly poor debtors and ex-convicts. This event marked the founding of Georgia, making it the last of the 13 original colonies to be established.

2. On November 17, 1864, during the American Civil War, Union forces under General William T. Sherman burned the city of Atlanta as part of his infamous "March to the Sea" campaign. This devastating event left Atlanta in ruins and marked a turning point in the war.

3. November 17, 1958, marked the first broadcast of the popular children's television show, "The Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm Roundup", which was created and hosted by Georgia native and country music legend, "Little" Jimmy Dickens.

4. On November 17, 1965, the Atlanta Braves baseball team officially adopted their new name, which was previously the Milwaukee Braves. This move came after the team relocated from Milwaukee to Atlanta, making them the first professional sports team to represent the city.

5. Finally, on November 17, 1989, Georgia Governor Joe Frank Harris announced the creation of the Georgia Lottery, which became one of the most successful lotteries in the country. The lottery has generated billions of dollars of revenue for the state and has funded numerous educational programs and initiatives.
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