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5 Fun Facts About September 17 In Georgia History

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1. On September 17, 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's army won a major victory against Union forces in the Battle of Antietam. This was the deadliest single-day battle in American history, with over 23,000 casualties.

2. On September 17, 1932, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets played their first football game at Grant Field in Atlanta, defeating nearby Oglethorpe University 21-6. This iconic venue, now known as Bobby Dodd Stadium, still hosts Georgia Tech home games to this day.

3. September 17, 2021 marked the beginning of the annual Georgia National Fair, a 10-day event held in Perry, GA featuring agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, live music, and more. This year's event also marked the 30th anniversary of the fair's founding.

4. In 1787, William Few, one of Georgia's Founding Fathers, signed the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia. Few served as a delegate from Georgia to the Constitutional Convention and helped to shape the emerging nation's government.

5. On September 17, 1881, Alexander Stephens, former Vice President of the Confederate States of America, was sworn in as Governor of Georgia. Stephens had been imprisoned for several months after the Civil War, but was eventually released and became active in politics again, serving as governor until 1883.
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