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October 17, 1725 John Wilkes, a member of the House of Commons who was a strong supporter of American independence is born in England
  John Wilkes
October 17, 1781 Cornwallis, surrounded at Yorktown, surrenders
  Georgia and the American Revolution
October 17, 1782 General Andrew Pickens promises to leave the Indian settlements alone if the Cherokee will bring him the Tories for which he, Elijah Clarke and some 400 men are searching
  Andrew Pickens
October 17, 1793 In the last major battle of the Chickamauga Wars in Georgia, John Sevier defeats Kingfisher in the Battle of Hightower on the site of Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome.
  Rome, Georgia
October 17, 1807 James Couper sells 4 acres of land to the United States for construction of the St. Simons lighthouse. The land had been the site of Ft. Saint Simon.
  Glynn County, Georgia
October 17, 1870 Douglas County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Douglas County, Georgia
October 17, 1876 Evan Howell purchases a significant part of the Atlanta Constitution
October 17, 1879 Governor Alfred Colquitt signed a bill creating Georgia's first state flag, a blue field with 3 stripes, scarlet, white and scarlet.
October 17, 1887 U. S. President Grover Cleveland visits the Piedmont Exposition in Atlanta
  Piedmont Park
October 17, 1928 Blind Willie McTell records Statesboro Blues
  William Samuel 'Blind Willie' McTell
October 17, 1930 Plant Atkinson, a coal-fired power plant, is introduced by Georgia Power. It is named for Georgia Power President, Atlanta civic leader and philanthropist Henry Morrell Atkinson
October 17, 1958 Country music singer and songwriter Alan Jackson born, Newnan
October 17, 1970 A C-5 Galaxy explodes at the Lockheed Plant in Marietta. Workmen were cleaning the inside of the fuel tanks at the time
October 17, 1972 Jimmy Carter first mentions the idea of running for president to his staff
  Jimmy Carter
October 17, 1991 Atlanta Braves advance to the World Series for the first time in 33 years by defeating the Pittsburg Pirates in the National League Championship Series, 4 games to 3.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Braves defeat Pirates, 1991 NLCS
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