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May 8, 1716 James Wright born, London, England
  James Wright
May 8, 1729 Frederick Louis becomes the Prince of Wales
May 8, 1736 Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales, marries Augusta of Saxe-Gotha at St. James' Palace in London
  City of Augusta, Georgia
May 8, 1738 King George the Second instructs James Oglethorpe to learn and report the designs of the Spanish in Florida
  James Oglethorpe
May 8, 1777 John Adam Treutlen becomes the first elected governor of Georgia
  John Treutlen
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
May 8, 1819 President James Monroe arrives in Savannah, staying at the home of William Scarbrough, a local merchant.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
May 8, 1822 William Lowndes resigns his seat in Congress
  William Lowndes
May 8, 1836 General Bryan Morel Thomas born, Milledgeville
May 8, 1845 The Southern Baptist Convention is formed by some 300 representatives of churches in the Southeastern United States
May 8, 1864 Battle of Rocky Face (Dalton)
May 11, 1864
  Civil War - 1864
  Whitfield County, Georgia
  William Tecumseh Sherman
May 8, 1886 First Coca-Cola served in Jacob's Pharmacy, Atlanta
  John Stith (Styth) Pemberton
  Coca-Cola
May 8, 1908 Terminal Block Fire. Fire breaks out at the Schlesinger Candy Factory near Terminal Station in Atlanta destroys a block of 30 buildings in downtown Atlanta including the Terminal Hotel. Buildings between Mitchell, Nelson, South Forsyth and Madison (now Spring St.) are a complete loss. Estimated property damage exceeds $1.2 million
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 8, 1908 Terminal Block Fire. Fire breaks out at the Schlesinger Candy Factory and destroys 30 buildings in downtown Atlanta including the Terminal Hotel
May 8, 1913 Leo Frank and Newt Lee are ordered to be held in the murder of Mary Phagan
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
May 8, 1926 Harriet "Hattie" Harwell Wilson High (Mrs. Joseph Madison High) donates the land on which her house is built for the express purpose of building an art museum in Atlanta
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 8, 1951 Martin Luther King graduates from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania with a divinity degree
  Martin Luther King
May 8, 1975 Jack Howard Potts kills Douglas Priest. Priest's body is found the following day in Forsyth County
May 8, 1981 Pvt. Joseph Christopher, Fort Benning, Georgia is extradited to New York to stand trial for several racially motivated killings.
May 8, 2003 New Georgia state flag adopted
May 8, 2005 James Brown dedicates statue of himself in downtown Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  James Brown
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