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5 Fun Facts About November 5 In Georgia History

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1. In 1732, Georgia was officially founded as a British colony on November 5th by James Edward Oglethorpe. This day marks the beginning of British settlement in what would ultimately become the Peach State.

2. On November 5, 1864, during the Civil War, Union General William T. Sherman began his infamous “March to the Sea”. His army of 60,000 soldiers burned and destroyed major Confederate cities and infrastructure along their path, including Atlanta, which had fallen to Union forces in September that year.

3. On November 5, 1912, the first radio broadcast in Georgia aired from the Georgia School of Technology (later known as Georgia Tech). The broadcast featured an address by President William Howard Taft, and marked an important milestone in the history of communication in Georgia.

4. On November 5, 1968, the Georgia Aquarium opened in Atlanta, becoming the largest aquarium in the world at the time. Today, it is still one of the largest and most popular aquariums in the world, attracting millions of visitors each year.

5. On November 5, 2018, Stacey Abrams made history by becoming the first black woman to be a major party nominee for Governor in the United States, running as a Democrat in Georgia. Despite losing to Republican Brian Kemp, her campaign energized a new generation of political activists and helped to shape the future of politics in the state and beyond.
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