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October 4, 1757 Land for city of Sunbury granted to Mark Carr.
October 4, 1840 African Methodist Episcopal minister W. J. (Wesley John) Gaines is born in Wilkes County, Georgia
  Wilkes County, Georgia
October 4, 1940 Atlanta Airport declared an air base
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 4, 1948 Walt Kelley, a Yankee from Connecticut, published a comic strip based on characters he created earlier in his life. Pogo was set in the Okefenokee Swamp (Fort Mudge) and began to appear when Kelly was art director for the short-lived New York Star.
  Okefenokee Swamp
October 4, 1955 George Mathews of Americus, in association with Bell Systems, demonstrates a photovoltic (sun-powered) phone, the Bell Solar Battery, in the rural Georgia town.
  Sumter County, Georgia
October 4, 1970 John Rousakis begins a 21-year stint as mayor of Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
October 4, 1971 Georgia ratifies the 26th Amendment, setting the voting age to 18
  Georgia, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
October 4, 1982 Janice Kay Chatman and John Hancock are abducted. Hancock is shot and plays dead while Judy and Alvin Neelley flee the scene with Chatman.
  Judy Neelley - A woman on death row
October 4, 1995 The eye of Hurricane Opal reaches Georgia. While in the state the hurricane is downgraded to a tropical storm, then a tropical depression. Five people die from the hurricane, and many more are injured.
  Hurricane Opal
October 4, 2001
  Georgia Supreme Court rules against using electric chair
October 4, 2005 Tropical storm Tammy comes ashore in Northeast Flordia, quickly moving into southeastern Georgia. High winds and heavy rain cause problems througout the state over the next two days.
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