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December 12, 1754 William Clifton, a barrister from England who had been appointed Attorney General by the king, presents a plan for creating a system of courts in the colony of Georgia. This was the genesis of the system still in use in today.
December 12, 1804 Milledgeville established as new state capital.
  Milledgeville
December 12, 1825 Baker County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Baker County, Georgia
December 12, 1870 State operation of the Western and Atlantic Railroad ceases. Former governor Joseph E. Brown begins running the line under a 20 year lease from the state.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
December 12, 1896 First electric lights, Brumby's Drugstore, Athens, Georgia
December 12, 1897 Lillian Smith born, Jasper, Florida
  Lillian Smith
December 12, 1910 Joseph Rucker Lamar is nominated to the Supreme Court by William Howard Taft.
December 12, 1965 Tommy Nobis is signed by the Atlanta Falcons
  Atlanta Falcons
December 12, 1966 U. S. Supreme Court overturns a lower court ruling, permitting the election of the governor of Georgia by a vote in the Georgia legislature.
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
December 12, 1974 Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for President of the United States
  Jimmy Carter
December 12, 1999 Fulton County jury convicts former state senator Ralph David Abernathy II, son of the famous Civil Rights leader, on 18 felony counts.
  Abernathy convicted on 18 felony counts
  Ralph David Abernathy III
December 12, 2007 Atlanta appoints assistant coach Emmitt Thomas as interim head coach.
December 12, 2008 Haven Trust Bank in Duluth, Georgia was closed Friday by the Georgia Department of Banking, which named the FDIC as receiver. The FDIC immediately transferred the deposits to Branch Banking & Trust (BB&T), headquartered in Winston-Salem.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
December 12, 2008 Brian Nichols is sentenced to the maximum for each of the 54 crimes he committed in his May, 2005 rampage.
  Atlanta courthouse attack
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