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    (January 2, 1788- )
    4th state to join
    Fifth of eleven states to secede and join the Confederacy
    Seceded: January 19, 1861
    Readmitted: July 15, 1870 (last to rejoin)
    Hernando de Soto found Georgia on his way to Florida (1540)
    Nickname: Empire State of the South/Peach State
    Capital: Atlanta
    Size: 58,876 square miles (ranks 21st)
    Tree: Live Oak
    Motto: Wisdom, Justice, Moderation
    Bird: Brown Thrasher
    Flower: Cherokee Rose
    Song: Georgia on My Mind
    Royal charter for Georgia granted to James Oglethorpe (1732)
    Georgia was a debtor's colony.
    John & Charles Wesley arrive in Savannah, Georgia to establish a Methodist colony (February 5, 1736).
    After ruling slavery illegal, Georgia Colony reversed itself & ruled slavery legal (October 26, 1749).
    They love peaches.
    Georgia seceded (January 19, 1861).
    Georgia became the last confederate state to be readmitted to the United States (May 15, 1870).
    President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union Cavalry in Georgia (May 19, 1865).
    Sherman marched through and destroyed much of Georgia (1865).
    After gold was discovered, Cherokees were forced to move out of Georgia (December 30, 1835).
    White firemen on the Georgia Railroad, struck to protest against hiring blacks (May 17, 1909).
    The Ku Klux Klan was chartered in Fulton County (December 4, 1915).
    The mob lynched Jewish businessman, Leo Frank, in Cobb County (August 17, 1915).
    Teaching the theory of evolution was forbidden in Atlanta schools (February 9, 1926).
    Temperatures ranged for -17ºF (January 27, 1940) to 112ºF (July 24, 1952).
    A tornado, killed 203 & injured 1,800 in Gainesville (April 6, 1936).
    The first state poorhouse opened in Smyrna (September 25, 1933).
    Georgia approved the first American literature censorship board (February 19, 1953).
    Hustler publisher Larry Flynt was shot & crippled by a sniper in Georgia (March 06, 1978).
    It was the first southern colony to sign the Declaration of Independence.
    Actresses Kim Basinger, Julia Roberts, Jan Hooks, Holly Hunter and Marla Maples were born in Georgia.
    Athletes Ty Cobb, Bobby Jones, Roosevelt Grier and Jim Brown were born in Georgia.
    Pro Wrestlers Hulk Hogan was born in Georgia.
    President Jimmy Carter was born in Georgia.
    Musicians Ray Charles and Little Richard were born in Georgia.
    Oliver Hardy, Bert Parks, Keith Jackson and Travis Tritt were born in Georgia.
    Athens was the first state university chartered (January 27, 1785).
    The 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, took office in Georgia (March 3, 1801).
    The 1st US African-American hospital founded by whites was chartered in Savannah, Ga (December 24, 1832).
    The first cotton gin was used here (1783).
    Ether was first used in Georgia (1842).
    The first female US Senator, Rebecca Felton represented Georgia (October 3, 1922).
    Coca-Cola was invented in Atlanta.
    Ray Charles recorded 'Georgia On My Mind' and Charlie Daniels Band recorded 'Devil Went Down to Georgia'
    Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland College 222-0 in football (October 7, 1915).
    They have an NHL hockey team named the Atlanta Thrashers (1999- ). The Atlanta Flames (1972-80) moved to Calgary.
    The Major League baseball team the Atlanta Braves (1966- ) won the World Series (1995), originally from Boston then Milwaukee.
    The NBA basketball team Atlanta Hawks (1968- ) was originally the Tri Cities Black Hawks became the Milwaukee/St. Louis Hawks
    They have an NFL football team named the Atlanta Falcons (1966- )
    The masters golf championship is held in Augusta, Ga (1934- ).
    The 26th Olympic games were held in Atlanta (July 19-August 4, 1996).
    The TV series 'Designing Women,' 'Carter Country,' 'Lobo' and 'B J & the Bear' were set in Georgia.
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