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August 8, 1760 After a forced march of 15 miles, Cherokee Indians abandon the men of Fort Loudoun on a high plain. The following morning they attack, killing most of the men.
August 8, 1775 Council of Safety requests that the election of officers by the militia be put into effect. Wright refuses.
  James Wright
August 8, 1776 Declaration of Independence read to Council of Safety in Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Archibald Bulloch
  Georgia and the American Revolution
  Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Savannah
August 8, 1836 A massive Hessian Fly (barley midge) outbreak reaches Georgia. It reduces the wheat crop that year by at least 50%.
August 8, 1899 William Yates Atkinson dies, Newnan, Georgia
  William Yates Atkinson
August 8, 1958 Deborah Norville born, Dalton, Georgia
August 8, 1974 Oglethorpe Power Corporation is formed to manage the power needs of 38 EMC across the state of Georgia
August 8, 1986 In what will become one of the smartest moves that Ted Turner will ever make, he purchases the MGM library
  Ted Turner
August 8, 1995 First Union acquires Home Federal Savings Bank, Rome
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
  Rome, Georgia
August 8, 2000 Veteran Dekalb County policeman Derwin Brown defeats incumbent Sidney Dorsey in a run-off election
  Derwin Brown murdered
August 8, 2005 Jennifer Wilbanks began her community service work, part of her sentencing agreement with Gwinnett County.
  Jennifer Wilbanks, The Runaway Bride
August 8, 2005 Alpharetta City Council votes to limit R. J. Kurey's communication as a council member to statements that have been factually checked by the city attorney.
  Alpharetta City Council
August 8, 2006 In a run-off election, Hank Johnson defeats Cynthia McKinney for the U. S. House
  Cynthia McKinney
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