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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In Georgia History

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1. On October 30, 1735, Georgia's first prison opened in Savannah. It was named the "Gaol," and it stood on the site of the present-day Chatham County Courthouse. The prison was built to house debtors and criminals.

2. In 1915, a devastating hurricane swept across the Georgia coast on October 30, causing widespread destruction and claiming many lives. The hurricane hit just two days after a massive shipwreck had already occurred off the Georgia coast, adding to the already significant death toll from the storm.

3. On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles' infamous radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" aired across the country. The dramatization, which featured simulated news broadcasts of a Martian invasion, caused widespread panic among listeners who believed the events were real.

4. Georgia native and civil rights leader Hosea Williams was born on October 30, 1926. Williams worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. and was a key figure in the Selma to Montgomery marches and other pivotal moments in the civil rights movement.

5. On October 30, 2014, Georgia's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King Jr. once preached, was designated a National Historic Landmark. The church, which was founded in the late 19th century, played a significant role in the civil rights movement and is still an important cultural landmark in Atlanta.
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