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5 Fun Facts About October 14 In Georgia History

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1. In 1735, the founder of the colony of Georgia, James Oglethorpe, arrived in Savannah with the first group of settlers. Oglethorpe established the colony as a haven for debtors who were imprisoned in England.

2. On October 14, 1832, the state of Georgia held a lottery to distribute Cherokee lands to white settlers. This was part of the state's effort to force the Cherokee people to move westward on what became known as the Trail of Tears.

3. In 1947, the first homecoming football game was played at the University of Georgia against the University of Florida. The tradition continues to this day and is a highly anticipated event each year.

4. On October 14, 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. King was recognized for his nonviolent efforts to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States.

5. Georgia native and baseball legend Ty Cobb played his last game on October 14, 1928. Cobb was known for his aggressive style of play and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.
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