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July 17, 1559 Spanish explorer Tristan deLuna arrives on the coast of Florida near Appalachicola Bay.
  Tristan de Luna
July 17, 1739 Oglethorpe starts a journey to the Creek capitol of Coweta, accompanied by Lieutenant Dunbar, Ensign Leman and Cadet Erye. They left Savannah, headed to Uchee Town, north of Ebenezer, then headed west along the old Creek Trading Path.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Creek Indians
  James Oglethorpe
July 17, 1775 Provincial congress adjourns
July 17, 1858 John Quitman dies, on his plantation near Nachez, Mississippi
July 17, 1952 Headlines sweep the nation "Russell for Repeal of Taft-Hartley." (Taft-Hartley was a major piece of legislation that strengthened unions). Russell had said that Taft-Hartley should be supplanted.
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
July 17, 1961 Ty Cobb dies from complications of diabetes and cancer.
  Ty Cobb
July 17, 1963 Groundbreaking on a new visitors center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
July 17, 1994 Atlanta receives a record 14th day of rain. Its 17.71 monthly total for July remains a record
July 17, 2007 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and others are indicted for dogfighting activities at Vick's Virginia estate. Federal authorities believed dogfighting had been ongoing for 6 years.
  Michael Vick
July 17, 2009 First Piedmont Bank, Winder, was closed by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. The FDIC entered into a purchase agreement with First American Bank and Trust Company, Athens, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits.
  Bank Failures in Georgia
July 17, 2009 The First Piedmont Bank, Winder, fails. Its assets are purchased by First American Bank and Trust.
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