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5 Fun Facts About October 6 In Georgia History

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1. On October 6, 1732, James Oglethorpe, founder of the English colony of Georgia, arrived in Savannah with the first group of colonists. They would go on to establish a successful agricultural colony, and the city of Savannah still holds many historic sites related to this founding.

2. The first known performance of a play in Georgia occurred on October 6, 1794, in Augusta. The play was titled "The West Indian" and was performed by a traveling theater troupe from Great Britain.

3. On October 6, 1948, Jimmy Carter, future President of the United States, married Rosalynn Smith in Plains, Georgia. They went on to have four children and over 70 years of marriage, making them one of the longest-lasting presidential couples in history.

4. In 1977, the Atlanta Braves won their first-ever National League Championship Series on October 6. They defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in a dramatic game, with a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sealing the victory.

5. On October 6, 1990, Dr. Jan Kemp, a whistleblower at the University of Georgia, was awarded a settlement of over $1 million in a case related to discrimination against women in the university's athletic department. Kemp had exposed a pattern of favoritism towards male athletes in academics, and her case became a landmark in the fight for gender equity in collegiate sports.
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