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5 Fun Facts About October 26 In Georgia History

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1. In 1834, the Georgia State Legislature authorized the construction of a new capitol building in Milledgeville, which would become the state's capital in 1804. The architect of the capitol building was Charles B. Cluskey, who designed it in the Greek Revival style. The building served as the state's capitol until 1868, when it was sold to the city of Milledgeville.

2. In 1864, during the American Civil War, Union forces under the command of General William T. Sherman began their march through Georgia. The march, known as Sherman's March to the Sea, was a devastating military campaign that aimed to destroy the South's ability to wage war. The march would ultimately end in Savannah on December 21, 1864.

3. In 1881, the first issue of The Atlanta Constitution was published. The newspaper would become one of the most prominent in the South and would earn national recognition for its coverage of important events, including the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906 and the Leo Frank case of 1913.

4. In 1963, civil rights activist and leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Albany, Georgia, while participating in a nonviolent protest against segregation. King would go on to play a pivotal role in the American Civil Rights Movement, advocating for racial equality and social justice until his assassination in 1968.

5. In 1974, Gov. Jimmy Carter declared a state of emergency in response to a severe drought that was gripping Georgia. To conserve water, the governor implemented restrictions on nonessential water usage and encouraged residents to take shorter showers and turn off faucets when not in use. The drought would ultimately last for several years, prompting the construction of new reservoirs and water management systems across the state.
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