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April 23, 1763 An article written by John Wilkes attacks the Earl of Bute (Prime Minister of England).
  John Wilkes
April 23, 1818 General Andrew Jackson hangs Lt. Robert Ambrister along with another British prisoner.
April 23, 1838 Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson writes a letter against the removal of the Cherokee to President Martin van Buren
  Ralph Waldo Emerson Letter Against Cherokee Removal
April 23, 1860 At the Democratic National convention a long-feared split occurs. Southerners leave and northerners choose Stephen A. Douglas as their presidential nominee. To help offset the Southern defection, Douglas choses anti-secessionist Herschel Johnson as his vice-presidential nominee.
  Herschel V. Johnson
April 23, 1897 Lucius Clay born, Marietta, Georgia
  Marietta, GA
  General Lucius D. Clay
April 23, 1898 Army designates Camp George H. Thomas on the grounds of the Chickamauga National Military Park. It will become Fort Oglethorpe.
April 23, 1899 Sam Hose, a black worker, was killed and mutilated in front of a crowd of 2,000 whites.
  The Lynching of Sam Hose
April 23, 1954 Hank Aaron hits his first Major League home run.
  Hank Aaron
April 23, 1964 Ground is broken for improving runways at Atlanta Airport by Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
April 23, 1970 James Dickey's work Deliverance is published. The work is loosely based on an incident that occurred when he paddled down the Coosawattee River between Ellijay and Carters (Quarters). The area in which it happened was to be flooded to form Carters Lake.
  James Dickey
April 23, 1971 Two waves of storms, which included tornadoes that registered F3 on the Fujita-Pearson scale, swept through Georgia destroying more than a million dollars in property, killing one person and injuring 23. Counties affected were Polk, Gwinnett, Douglas, Dekalb, Carroll, Screven, Paulding, Randolph, Houstoun, Troup, Macon, Dooly, Sumter, Chatham, Lanier, Tattnall, and Wilcox.
  Wilcox County, Georgia
  Douglas County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
April 23, 1976 Police Chief Laurie Pritchett is interviewed by James Reston on the Albany Movement
April 23, 1981 Atlanta Public Safety Commissioner Lee Brown clears the man identified by CORE Director Ray Innis as a suspect in the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
April 23, 1985 New Coke is introduced. The controversy is immediate and wide-spread, and Coca-Cola does not expect the frenzied rejection of its "new" offering.
April 23, 1993 Arsonists destroy Kilgore Mill Covered Bridge on the border of Barrow and Walton County.
April 23, 1998 The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame opens a new facility in Macon, Georgia, making it the largest state Hall of Fame in the nation.
  City of Macon, Georgia
  Macon, Georgia
April 23, 2002 Change of venue from Dekalb County to Dougherty County for the Derwin Brown murder trial
  Dougherty County, Georgia
  Derwin Brown murdered
April 23, 2004 Jason McCartney (US) captured Stage 5 of the Tour de Georgia with a solo breakaway finish. On the first of two epic mountain stages, McCartney crossed the finish line with a final time of 5 hours, 40 minutes, and 16 seconds.
  Tour de Georgia 2004
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