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January 1, 1886 John Stith "Doc" Pemberton, Frank Robinson, David Doe and Edward Holland formed the Pemberton Chemical Company. Robinson and Doe were selling printed advertising, Holland owned land, which he deeded to the company.
  John Stith (Styth) Pemberton
  Coca-Cola
January 6, 1886 Christ Church Frederica, on St. Simons Island is consectrated.
  Glynn County, Georgia
March 30, 1886 A record 6 inches of rain falls on Rome, GA. In 2 days Broad Street is flooded with 10 feet of water
April 16, 1886 Woodrow and Ellen Wilson have the first of their three daughters at Ellen's aunt's house in Gainesville, Georgia
  Woodrow Wilson
April 26, 1886 Blues singer "Ma" Rainey born, Columbus
  Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey
  Columbus, Georgia
May 8, 1886 First Coca-Cola served in Jacob's Pharmacy, Atlanta
  John Stith (Styth) Pemberton
  Coca-Cola
May 29, 1886 An ad appears for Coca-Cola in the Atlanta Journal. This is the earliest known ad for the soft drink
  John Stith (Styth) Pemberton
  Coca-Cola
June 1, 1886 All U. S. railroads are required to re-gauge to a width of 4' 8 1/2", to comply with the northern railroads. Prior to this time railroads in Georgia (and some other southern states) had been gauged at 5'0"
July 24, 1886 "Professor Leon" walks across Tallulah Gorge on a tightrope.
August 9, 1886 Central of Georgia Railroad reaches Bradley (Jones County)
August 31, 1886 Earthquake shakes Georgia. With an epicenter near Charleston, South Carolina, this massive earthquake laid waste to the coastal colonial city. It was felt across much of the northern and eastern sections of Georgia and cracked the Tybee Lighthouse and moved the lens an inch and a half to the northeast.
  Earthquakes that have struck Georgia
September 2, 1886 Cornerstone laid for new capitol building in Atlanta
October 1, 1886 Deadline for bids to a commission studying the creation of Georgia Tech. Those who met the deadline were: Athens and UGA; Atlanta; Macon; Milledgeville; and Penfield, Georgia (site of original Mercer College)
  City of Macon, Georgia
October 18, 1886 Grover Cleveland addresses a crowd from a platform built in front of the Markham Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
November 9, 1886 John Brown Gordon begins term as governor of Georgia
  John Brown Gordon
  Governors of Georgia, 1801-1900
December 6, 1886 Rome, Georgia is covered with more than 2 feet of snow
  Rome, Georgia
December 18, 1886 Ty Cobb born in Narrows (Banks County).
  Ty Cobb
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