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5 Fun Facts About September 6 In Georgia History

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1. In 1738, English lawyer and philanthropist James Edward Oglethorpe arrived with a ship full of settlers in Savannah, marking the founding of the colony of Georgia.

2. In 1860, the Savannah Volunteer Guards were mustered into service by the state of Georgia in anticipation of the Civil War.

3. In 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood launched his ill-fated Atlanta Campaign against Union forces led by General William T. Sherman.

4. In 1901, the first electric streetcar ran in Atlanta, Georgia, marking the beginning of a new era in transportation for the city.

5. In 1995, the opening ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics took place in Atlanta, Georgia, with Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic flame.
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