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July 1, 1540 Hernando deSoto leaves Chiaha and heads west
July 1, 1587 [circa] Spanish establish missions and garrisons at San Pedro de Mocama and Santa Catalina de Guale (St. Catherines Island)
July 1, 1595 Spanish establish a mission at Santa Clara
July 1, 1597 Spanish establish mission at Santo Domingo de Asao(Asajo)(St. Simons)
July 1, 1602 [circa] Spanish establish missions at Santa Maria and San Antonio.
July 1, 1609 [circa] Spanish establish a mission at San Buenaventura
July 1, 1798 John Anthony Quitman born, Rhinebeck, New York
July 1, 1819 James Fannin enters West Point
  James Walker Fannin
July 1, 1828 Jeff Davis breveted to 2nd Lieutenant, marking his graduation from West Point. It would take three years before he received his commission.
  Jefferson Davis
July 1, 1846 John Quitman commissioned Brigadier General.
July 1, 1862 Battle of Malvern Hill
  Civil War - 1862
  Philip Cook, CSA
July 1, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, PA
  Civil War - 1863
  Lafayette McLaws
  James Longstreet
July 1, 1879 Atlanta Cotton Factory opens. Gov. Alred H. Colquitt, Mayor William Calhoun, Western and Atlantic President Joseph E. Brown, and Benjamin Conley attend
  Joseph Emerson Brown
July 1, 1887 Doc Walker deeds his land to the Gentleman's Driving Club for $38,000. It will become Piedmont Park.
July 1, 1891 Following a number of intermediate moves the National Weather Service sets up office in the Prudential Building at the corner of Walton and Broad Streets
  National Weather Service
July 1, 1893 Walter Francis White born, Atlanta
July 1, 1894 Southern Railway Company was founded from Richmond and Danville Railroad and the East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railroad.
July 1, 1899 Thomas Andrew Dorsey born, Villa Rica, Georgia
  Thomas Dorsey
July 1, 1900 Combining the old Savannah, Americus and Montgomery Railroad (renamed to the Georgia and Alabama Railroad in 1895) with other assets, 35 year-old John Skelton Williams creates Seaboard Air Line Railway.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
July 1, 1916 The new Knights of the Ku Klux Klan receives its official charter from the state of Georgia
  Ku Klux Klan in Georgia
July 1, 1941 Philip Randolph and Baynard Rustin had a March on Washington scheduled on this date to protest the discrimination in defense industries. The march is called off when Roosevelt issued an Executive Order on June 25, 1941, barring discrimination based on race or religion.
  The Road to Integration
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
July 1, 1946 The Centers for Disease Control, Communicable Disease Center is organized in Atlanta
July 1, 1967 Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line merge to form Seaboard Coast Line
July 1, 1967 Gold Museum is opened in the Dahlonega Courthouse
  Lumpkin County, Georgia
July 1, 1971 First international flight arrives at Hartsfield, from Mexico. Atlanta's Board of Alders (now the city council) vote to rename the field William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport
July 1, 1976 The Agrirama opens in Tifton
July 1, 1977 Georgia's "Cave Law" (Cave Protection Acts, 1977) goes into effect, protecting caves throughout the state from pollution, looting and vandalism
July 1, 1990 MARTA's fare increases to $1.00
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
July 1, 1991 President George Bush nominates Clarence Thomas to the U. S. Supreme Court. Although Thomas is African-American, his nomination is opposed by groups such as the NAACP and the Black Congressional Caucus because of differing political views
  Clarence Thomas
July 1, 1994 HOPE Scholarship expands to cover four years of college.
July 1, 1995 MARTA's fare increases to $1.50
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
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