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5 Fun Facts About October 5 In Georgia History

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1. In 1829, the Georgia Gold Rush was officially declared after gold was discovered in the northern part of the state. This led to a surge of settlers and miners rushing to the area seeking their fortunes.

2. On October 5, 1877, the infamous bandit Jesse James and his gang robbed a train passing through Adairsville, Georgia. They made off with approximately $5,000 in cash and valuables, but no one was hurt in the heist.

3. In 1917, the first Coca-Cola bottling plant in Europe was opened in Tblisi, Georgia. This marked a significant step in the global expansion of the iconic drink.

4. October 5, 1960, marked the first televised debate between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. The debate was broadcast from Chicago, Illinois, but was watched by millions of Americans across the country, including in Georgia.

5. On this day in 1991, Milledgeville, Georgia, became the official capital of the state's newly-formed Central Region. This administrative change was made in an effort to streamline government operations and improve efficiency.
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