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January 1, 1740 At the head of a fleet that included some 15 boats and 200 men, General Oglethorpe decides to raid two Spanish forts in response to an earlier attack by the Spanish on Amelia Island. The raiding party is a combined force of Highland Rangers, soldiers from Fort Frederica, and Creek, Chickasaw, and Uchee Indians.
  James Oglethorpe
  Creek Indians
January 1, 1745 Anthony Wayne born, Paoli, Pennsylvania
  'Mad' Anthony Wayne
January 1, 1749 Probable date of the birth of George Walton, justice of the courts, governor and leader of the executive branch and signer of the Declaration of Independence, in Goochland (now Cumberland County), Virginia
  George Walton
January 1, 1751 Slavery officially becomes legal in Georgia
  Slavery in Georgia
January 1, 1758 John Paulding born, New York City
January 1, 1776 The Continental Congress recommends an attack on Florida
January 1, 1788 Before signing the letter of ratification, John King and Henry Osborne propose that the Constitution and the ratification by Congress be added to the document. The Convention agrees and returns the document to the committee.
  Augusta Convention
January 1, 1804 James Walker Fannin born, Twiggs County
  Twiggs County, Georgia
  James Walker Fannin
January 1, 1826 Gwinnett County Academy opens
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
January 1, 1827 Creek relinquish ceded land in western Georgia.
  Creek Indians
January 1, 1833 Georgia States Rights and Free Trade Association formed
January 1, 1842 The state asks former U. S. Senator and Governor Wilson Lumpkin to become disbursing agent for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Lumpkin accepts.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
January 1, 1856 John MacPherson Berrien dies, Savannah
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  John MacPherson Berrien (John Berrien)
January 1, 1861 Georgia votes against holding a secession convention, but the results are manipulated by Governor Joseph Brown to indicate that the state strongly supported the convention.
  Civil War - 1861
  Joseph Emerson Brown
  Herschel V. Johnson
January 1, 1886 John Stith "Doc" Pemberton, Frank Robinson, David Doe and Edward Holland formed the Pemberton Chemical Company. Robinson and Doe were selling printed advertising, Holland owned land, which he deeded to the company.
  John Stith (Styth) Pemberton
  Coca-Cola
January 1, 1891 Sale of 238,120 acres of the Okefenokee Swamp to the Suwannee Canal Company by the State of Georgia for $62,000.
  Okefenokee Swamp
January 1, 1895 Art Gillham is born
  Art Gillham
January 1, 1897 Atlanta University and Tuskegee Institute square off in the first college football game between African-American schools. Atlanta University won.
January 1, 1901 The entire Georgia Tech senior class (18 students) fails to return as scheduled from the Christmas break. President Lyman Hall suspends graduation as a result.
January 1, 1904 New courthouse opens for Miller County (Colquitt, GA)
  City of Colquitt
January 1, 1908 Atlanta becomes a "dry" town. Liquor sales are restricted.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
January 1, 1919 Franklin Springs Institute, now Emanuel College, opens in Franklin Springs (Franklin County)
  Franklin County, Georgia
January 1, 1923 Civil Rights leader W. W. (Wesley Wallace) Law born, Savannah
January 1, 1929 California's Roy Riegel scores winning TD in Rose Bowl for Georgia Tech
  Roy Riegels earns his 'Wrong Way' nickname
January 1, 1932 Reorganization Act of 1931 goes into effect. Georgia, faced with mounting debt because of decreased revenue during the Great Depression, reorganizes a vast bureaucracy into 18 agencies and departments to save money.
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
January 1, 1942 Georgia defeats TCU 40-26 in the Orange Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1943 Georgia defeats UCLA 9-0 in the Rose Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1943 Georgia wins Rose Bowl
  Georgia beats UCLA, 9-0 at the Rose Bowl
January 1, 1944 Georgia Tech defeats Tulsa in the Sugar Bowl
January 1, 1945 Tulsa defeats Georgia Tech 26-12 at the Orange Bowl
January 1, 1946 Georgia defeats Tulsa 20-6 in the Oil Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1947 Georgia defeats the University of North Carolina in the Sugar Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1948 Georgia ties Maryland 20-20 in the Gator Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1948 Georgia Tech defeats Kansas 20-14 at the Orange Bowl
January 1, 1949 Georgia loses to Texas 41-28 at the Orange Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1950 The gates on Allatoona Dam are closed and the lake begins to fill
January 1, 1952 Culminating a dream of Mayor William B. Hartsfield, Atlanta expands the city limits, annexing more than 118 square miles of land. Total population increased by more than 100,000 people and Atlanta rose from 32nd to the 23rd most populus city in the United States.
January 1, 1952 Georgia Tech defeats Baylor 17-14 at the Orange Bowl in Miami
January 1, 1953 Georgia Tech defeats Ole Miss 24-7 at the Sugar Bowl
January 1, 1954 Georgia Tech defeats West Virginia 42-19 at the Sugar Bowl
January 1, 1956 Georgia Tech defeats Ole Miss 7-0 at the Sugar Bowl
January 1, 1960 Georgia defeats Missouri 14-0 at the Orange Bowl in Miami
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1969 Georgia loses to Arkansas 16-2 at the Sugar Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1970 Atlanta UHF Channel 17, WJRJ becomes WTCG (Turner Communications Group
  Ted Turner
January 1, 1975 Headquarters of the Eighth Air Force moved to Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
  Eighth Air Force
January 1, 1976 Georgia loses to Arkansas 31-10 in the Cotton Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1976 Ted Turner purchases the Atlanta Braves
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Ted Turner
January 1, 1977 Georgia loses to Pitt at the Sugar Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1979 Full diplomatic relations with the communist government of China resumes
  Jimmy Carter
January 1, 1981 Georgia defeats Notre Dame, 17-10 at the Sugar Bowl, winning the National Title. Outgoing U. S. President Jimmy Carter watches
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1982 Pitt defeats Georgia, 24-20 at the Sugar Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1983 Penn State defeats Georgia, 27-23 at the Sugar Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1989 Vince Dooley ends his college coach career with a 34-27 win over Michigan State at the Gator Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1993 Georgia defeats Ohio State 21-14 in the Florida Citrus Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1994 Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a story about Jim Williams of Savannah, who was tried four times (and convicted three times) for the murder of Danny Hansford, is published.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
January 1, 1996 Richmond County and the city of Augusta merge
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Richmond County, Georgia
January 1, 1998 Georgia defeats Wisconsin 33-6 in the Outback Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1999 Georgia Tech (9-2) defeats Notre Dame at the Gator Bowl
January 1, 2000 Georgia Tech (8-3) loses to Miami at the Gator Bowl, 28-13
January 1, 2000 Georgia (7-4) defeats Purdue in overtime at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, 28-25
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 2001 MARTA's fare increases to $1.75
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
January 1, 2002 Robert Nardelli is begins serving as Chairman of the Board for The Home Depot
January 1, 2003 A 17-year old woman walks into the Douglasville, Georgia, police station and reports that she had been forced to have sex with a group of teenagers at a nearby hotel. Police return to the hotel room, find a group of males and evidence of sexual activity including a videotape of the incident.
  Genarlow Wilson
January 1, 2004 Georgia Bulldogs (#11) defeat Purdue (#12) in the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Citrus Bowl) in Orlando, FL. With the game tied at the end of the 4th quarter, courtesy of a Purdue field goal with 49 seconds remaining, capping an astounding 24-point comeback by Purdue. On the first series of plays in overtime, Georgia decided to go in a fourth and one situation, scoring the winning touchdown.
January 1, 2005 No. 7 ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeat No. 17 Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 2007 Falcons Head Coach Jim Mora is fired
  Atlanta Falcons
January 1, 2008 Meredith Hope Emerson turns up missing after hiking the Appalachian Trail and the Freeman Trail through the Blood Mountains Wilderness.
  Meredith Emerson
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