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April 1, 1566 Pedro Menendez de Aviles, governor of Florida, visits St. Catherine's and meets with Guale, a chief who controls the lower half of Georgia's coast. Menendez builds two forts, one on Cumberland Island and one on St. Catherines
April 1, 1751 Culminating an effort to revive the silk industry, a reeling plant is completed in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
April 1, 1777 Commander of British forces in East Florida Augustine Prevost promoted to Brigadier General
April 1, 1867 General John Pope is appointed Governor, Third Military District, giving him administrative control of the state of Georgia
April 1, 1925 Sculptor Augustus Lukeman takes over the Stone Mountain project. He suggests that three men, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, be enshrined on the face of the mountain
  Stone Mountain
April 1, 1927 Franklin Delano Roosevelt returns to Warm Springs, Georgia to greet the first polio patients who arrive at the Warm Springs Foundation. He worked with them, helping to establish an exercise program and share his experiences. The patients referred to him as "Dr. Roosevelt."
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
April 1, 1938 Arthur L. Hutchins becomes the first Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent
April 1, 1946 The U. S. Supreme Court declines a request to overturn Sibley's ruling
  The Road to Integration
April 1, 1956 Turner Air Force Base becomes home to the U-2 plane
April 1, 1956 Long Tall Sally by "Little Richard" Penniman is released. It reaches #6 on the pop charts
  Little Richard
April 1, 1987 First Union buys Roswell Bank
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
April 1, 1987 Western Air is merged with Delta Airlines
  Delta Air Lines
April 1, 1994 National Weather Service central office opens in Peachtree City. Atlanta Airport office closes in Oct., 1996
  National Weather Service
April 1, 2001 EP-3E downed on Hainan Island, China
  Fighter downs EP-3E
April 1, 2006 Friends Kyle DeLapp and Hooman Nourparvar of Roswell and Steven M. Gartner of Alpharetta, in Destin, Florida on spring break swim into a dangerous rip current in the Gulf of Mexico to save the lives of 4 children
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Carnegie Awards 2007
April 1, 2008 Police in Waycross uncover a plot to "hurt" a school teacher by nine of her third-grade students.
  Plot against Waycross teacher
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