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5 Fun Facts About November 26 In Georgia History

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1. On November 26, 1864, during the American Civil War, General William T. Sherman's troops captured the city of Millen, Georgia, as part of their destructive march to the sea.

2. In 1937, on November 26, Eugene Talmadge was elected governor of Georgia for the first time. He went on to serve three non-consecutive terms as governor and was known for his controversial racial policies.

3. On November 26, 1869, the Georgia State Legislature established the Georgia Normal and Industrial College, which later became Georgia Southern University.

4. In 1968, on November 26, mathematician Katherine Johnson was awarded the NASA Lunar Orbiter Spacecraft and Operations team award for her work in calculating trajectories for space missions, including the first moon landing.

5. On November 26, 1976, actor Charles Boyer died by suicide at his home in Phoenix, Georgia. Boyer was a highly successful Hollywood actor who starred in films such as "Gaslight" and "Algiers."
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