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5 Fun Facts About November 23 In Georgia History

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1. In 1936, the Talmadge-Ellis Primary Election was held in Georgia, which saw a highly contested gubernatorial race between Eugene Talmadge and Ellis Arnall. This election was significant as it set the stage for Talmadge's eventual victory in the general election and the repercussions it had on Georgia politics for years to come.

2. November 23, 1864, marked the beginning of Union General William T. Sherman's infamous March to the Sea during the Civil War. This campaign saw Sherman and his troops burning and destroying much of the state's infrastructure and property, resulting in devastating losses for Georgia.

3. In 1972, the first African American member of the Georgia Senate since Reconstruction, Leroy Johnson, was elected. This historic moment helped to pave the way for greater political representation and civil rights for African Americans in the state.

4. On November 23, 1915, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defeated the Cumberland Bulldogs in what would become the most lopsided college football game in history, with a final score of 222-0. This game remains a significant and memorable moment in Georgia sports history.

5. In 1981, a plane carrying members of the University of Evansville basketball team crashed near Evansville, Indiana, killing all 29 people on board. Among those killed were two Georgia natives, Steve Newton and Mark Vasey, who were greatly missed by their families and communities.
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