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5 Fun Facts About November 7 In Georgia History

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1. On November 7, 1732, James Oglethorpe arrived in Georgia with the first group of colonists. Oglethorpe had received a charter from King George II to establish a new colony as a haven for debtors and poor English citizens.

2. On November 7, 1832, the town of Atlanta was incorporated. Originally called “Terminus,” due to its location as the end of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, the city was renamed Atlanta 7 years later.

3. In 1861, on November 7, the Georgia legislature voted to secede from the United States and join the Confederacy. This led to the state's involvement in the Civil War.

4. On November 7, 1917, Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey declared martial law in response to a labor strike in the city of Atlanta. The strike, which involved 25,000 workers, ended two weeks later with the workers accepting a pay increase.

5. In 1942, on November 7, the Liberty Ship SS James Oglethorpe was launched by the Savannah Shipbuilding Company. The ship was named in honor of the founder of Georgia's first colony, James Oglethorpe, and served in World War II before being scrapped in 1960.
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