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May 17, 1740 Oglethorpe is joined by Capt. McIntosh and a company of Highlanders and some Carolina troops
  James Oglethorpe
May 17, 1756 England declares war on France beginning the French and Indian War
May 17, 1758 Lt. Governor Ellis becomes governor in chief
May 17, 1777 Georgia Whigs ambushed at Thomas Creek (present-day site of Jacksonville, Florida) in a decisive battle marking the end of the Second Florida Expedition
  Second Florida Expedition
May 17, 1839 Henry Mitchell dies, Hancock County, Georgia
May 17, 1847 Jefferson Davis appointed Brigadier General (he declines the appointment).
  Jefferson Davis
May 17, 1862 Union soldiers from Tybee/Fort Pulaski attempt to land near Savannah (Thunderbolt). They are driven back.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Civil War - 1862
May 17, 1909 In protest over the hiring of black workers on the Georgia Railroad, firemen go on strike
May 17, 1933 Charles Hillyer (C.H.) Brand dies in Athens
May 17, 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas. The U. S. Supreme Court holds that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional
  The Road to Integration
May 17, 1958 Good Golly, Miss Molly by "Little Richard" Penniman is released.
May 17, 1969 In the Ghetto performed Elvis Presley enters Billboard's Top 40 Pop Chart. The song, written by Mac Davis, will peak at #3
  'Mac' Davis
May 17, 1969 Dizzy by Tommy Roe begins a four-week stint as the #1 record in the nation
  Tommy Roe
May 17, 1970 Hank Aaron singles in Cincinnati for his 3,000th hit
  Hank Aaron
May 17, 1973 On the day that the Alday family is buried, West Virginia police capture George Dungee, first of the Issacs gang to fall into custody.
  Alday family murders
May 17, 2002 Georgia Lottery introduces Mega-millions, new name for the "Big Game"
  Georgia Lottery
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