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May 18, 1539 Hernando DeSoto leaves Havana and sails for La Florida
  Hernando deSoto
May 18, 1791 George Washington arrives in Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  George Washington in Georgia
  George Washington
May 18, 1864 Battle of Woodlands fought on the estate of Godfrey Barnsley outside Adairsville
  Civil War - 1864
  Godfrey Barnsley and Barnsley Gardens
May 18, 1864 Major General Lafayette McLaws is placed in command of the defenses of Savannah, Georgia
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Lafayette McLaws
May 18, 1864 Battle of Adairsville
  Godfrey Barnsley and Barnsley Gardens
  William Tecumseh Sherman
May 18, 1912 For three innings Ty Cobb put up with insults from New York Highlanders fan Claude Lueker. Finally, Cobb charge the man, beating him fiercely. Lueker, who had lost a hand in an industrial accident could not defend himself. A. L. President Ban Johnson, who was attending the game, immediately suspended Cobb.
  Ty Cobb
May 18, 1923 Charles Lindbergh completes his first solo flight at Souther Field
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
May 18, 1933 Creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Three north Georgia lakes are currently part of the TVA.
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
May 18, 1949 Alben Barkley, Vice-President of the United States, visits Reinhardt College in Waleska
May 18, 1955 Mary McLeod Bethune, Educator and Civil Rights leader, dies in Daytona Beach
  Mary McLeod Bethune
May 18, 1966 Former Governor Earnest Vandiver, considered the front-runner for this year's governors race, withdraws his name from contention. He had suffered a mild heart attack and would not be able to handle a campaign
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
May 18, 1973 West Virginia police capture Carl Issacs, Billy Issacs and Wayne Coleman
  Alday family murders
May 18, 1980 Eric Middlebrooks vanishes. His body is found the next day.
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 18, 2009 Atlanta rapper Dolla, whose real name is Roderick Anthony Burton II, is shot at the Beverly Center. He is pronounced dead a few minutes later at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
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