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April 12, 1724 Lyman Hall, doctor, governor, signed the Declaration of Independence for Georgia, born in Wallingford, Connecticut
  Lyman Hall
April 12, 1741 Rev. Johann Martin Bolzius held two services for the Salzburgers
  Salzburgers in Georgia
April 12, 1772 Georgia's House of Commons elects radical Noble Wimberly Jones as speaker for the first of three times. Acting Royal Governor James Habersham rejects the choice each time. The body then selects Archibald Bulloch as speaker, whom Habersham accepts but orders the house to remove any mention of Jones' election. They refuse and Habersham orders the house dissolved
April 12, 1777 Statesman Henry Clay born, Hanover County, Virginia
  Henry Clay
April 12, 1834 Treaty with the Seminole (Payne's Landing) proclaimed.
April 12, 1861 Start of the American Civil War
  Thomas Sumter
  American Civil War
April 12, 1862 The Great Locomotive Chase
  Civil War - 1862
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Bartow County, Georgia
  Gordon County, Georgia
  Whitfield County, Georgia
  Catoosa County, Georgia
April 12, 1866 Atlanta Chamber of Commerce organized as "Board of Trade"
April 12, 1899 Sam Hose kills his employer Alfred Cranford during an argument over wages
  The Lynching of Sam Hose
April 12, 1945 Pres. Franklin Roosevelt dies at Warm Springs, Georgia, victim of a cerebral hemorrhage.
April 12, 1948 Tying the course record, Georgian Claude Harmon wins the Masters at Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Masters Tournament
April 12, 1951 [circa] Mary Ball Tinius becomes the first woman to be seated on a jury in Georgia, in White County, Georgia. Legislation had not yet passed allowing women jurors
  White County, Georgia
  Women allowed on jury duty
April 12, 1960 Coca-Cola received a trademark on the contour bottle
  Coca-Cola
April 12, 1961 Textile magnate Cason J. Callaway, who founded Callaway Gardens, dies
  Cason J. Callaway
April 12, 1962 The Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel is dedicated by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
  Callaway Gardens
April 12, 1962 The Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad opens at Stone Mountain Park
  Stone Mountain
April 12, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, representing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is arrested in Birmingham, AL, for contempt of court and parading without a permit. He had come to Birmingham in an attempt to integrate public facilities in accordance with Supreme Court rulings. While in jail he composed his response to a public letter from 8 clergymen (who were white) criticizing him for breaking the law. King responded that We have waited 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. ...it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say "wait."
  The Road to Integration
  Martin Luther King
April 12, 1966 First ball game played by the Atlanta Braves in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in front of 51,000 fans
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 12, 1972 The General goes on display at the Kennesaw Civil War Museum
April 12, 1999 Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill No. 1, a landmark in the Cabbagetown area of Atlanta since the 1881 International Cotton Exposition, burns. Dramatic TV footage shows the rescue of a trapped crane operator by firefighter.
April 12, 2001 Derwin Brown is honored when Dekalb County's Candler Road police building is named in his memory
  Derwin Brown murdered
April 12, 2005 Data broker LexisNexis announced that up to 310,000 US accounts may have been compromised by unauthorized access to its computers.
  ChoicePoint scandal
April 12, 2009 Angel Cabrera wins the 73rd Annual Masters in a three person playoff.
April 12, 2010 Baldwin County District Attorney Fred Bright said assault charges against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would not be filed.
  Milledgeville assault
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