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5 Fun Facts About September 29 In Georgia History

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1. In 1917, Georgia-born Bessie Coleman, also known as "Queen Bess," became the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license, making history in aviation.

2. In 1979, the Georgia State University Library caught fire due to a faulty rooftop air conditioning unit. Over 500,000 books were destroyed, making it one of the largest library fires in U.S. history.

3. On September 29, 1923, Georgia Tech's football team, coached by John Heisman, defeated Cumberland College 222-0 in what is still considered the most lopsided college football game ever played.

4. In 2006, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola introduced a new flavor of its popular soft drink, Vanilla Coke Zero, giving consumers a new zero-calorie option.

5. In 2009, the Georgia State Capitol opened up its doors to the public after months of renovation, unveiling a new gold dome and restored exterior made of marble and granite.
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