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December 22, 1696 James Oglethorpe born, Godalming, County Surrey, England
  James Oglethorpe
December 22, 1775 Prohibitory Act
December 22, 1798 George Walker Crawford born, Columbia County, Georgia
  Columbia County, Georgia
December 22, 1808 Christ Church on St. Simons Island (Glynn County) is chartered
  Glynn County, Georgia
December 22, 1830 Heard County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Heard County, Georgia
December 22, 1832 Americus is incorporated and made the seat of Sumter County
  Sumter County, Georgia
December 22, 1837 Mercer College chartered, Penfield, Georgia.
December 22, 1841 City of Salem, county seat of Dade County, changes its name to Trenton
  Dade County, Georgia
December 22, 1849 Howell Cobb is elected Speaker of the House
  Howell Cobb
December 22, 1853 Theodore Roosevelt (Sr.) marries Mittie Bulloch at Bulloch Hall in Roswell, Georgia. Their son Theodore (Jr.) would grow up to become President of the United States.
December 22, 1857 White County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  White County, Georgia
December 22, 1857 The Atlantic & LaGrange Railroad is renamed to The Atlanta and West Point Railroad
December 22, 1857 Schley County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Schley County, Georgia
  William Schley
December 22, 1857 Wilcox County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Wilcox County, Georgia
December 22, 1919 The Lake Burton dam is closed, impounding the Tallulah River and forming the lake.
December 22, 1930 Georgia on my Mind, lyrics by Hoagy Carmichael and words by Stuart Gorrell, is copyrighted
December 22, 1939 Blues singer "Ma" Rainey dies, Columbus
  Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey
  Columbus, Georgia
December 22, 1944 Flood Control Act of 1944 enacted. Created Allatoona Dam
December 22, 1962 Jeanette Clark, a 16 year old Barnesville, Georgia native, dies in a car accident on U. S. Highway 341, along with 2 other teenagers who were attending Gordon College. Wayne Cochran, who had already written "Last Kiss," dedicated the song to Clark.
December 22, 1968 Gary Steven Krist is arrested in Punta Gorda, Florida by FBI and local police. He was one of the criminals who kidnapped heiress Barbara Mackle. He had been one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted
December 22, 1979 MARTA's West Line service begins. It is now possible to go from Avondale in the east to Hightower Station in the west
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
December 22, 1984 Georgia ties Florida State 17-17 in the Citrus Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
December 22, 1995 Butterfly McQueen, best known for her role as "Prissy" in Gone With The Wind died in a tragic accident in Augusta, Georgia involving a kerosene heater that caught the dress she was wearing on fire. She ran outside and attempted to roll on the ground. A passing teenager smothered the fire with a blanket, but the badly burned actress died 10 hours later.
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Gone With The Wind
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