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1722 At age 25, James Oglethorpe killed a man in a tavern.
According to the April 25, 1722 issue of the London Daily Journal:
There is no record of whether Oglethorpe was charged or what happened in his case. Likely, he claimed self-defense and was released.
1802 Meeting in Washington, D.C., a panel consisting of James Madison, Albert Gallatin, and Levi Lincoln representing the U.S. and Abraham Baldwin, James Jackson, and John Milledge representing Georgia signed an agreement whereby Georgia ceded all territories west of its present boundaries to the U.S.
In return, the United States agreed to (1) pay Georgia a total of $1,250,000; (2) assume responsibility for extinguishing all Indian claims to land within Georgia; and (3) recognize all British and Spanish grants to residents of the Mississippi Territory executed before Oct. 22, 1795.
1955 Politician Jack Kingston was born in Bryan, Texas. Kingston graduated from the University of Georgia in 1978, then became a successful insurance agent in Savannah. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1984, where he served four consecutive terms. In 1992 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Georgia's first district, a position he has held since.
1975 At age 40, Elvis Presley appeared in concert at Macon's Coliseum. This was the second of four times that Presley would perform in Macon during his career.
1999 In 1956, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame was created to honor high school athletes and coaches. In 1963, its focus expanded to include all sports. However, until 1999, a Georgia Sports Hall of Fame existed on paper only. Each year, a new round of former sports greats were inducted at an annual banquet in Atlanta, but there never was an actual facility housing the hall of fame.
2010 Four new members were inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Maj. Gen. John Paulk, commander of Warner Robins Air Force Base from 1980-82 and a veteran of 340 combat missions, and Col. James S. Mosley, a F-4 Phantom pilot during the Vietnam War who flew 375 combat missions, were the living inductees. Inducted posthumously were Patricia Malone, a former Delta Air lines executive who developed innovate pilot training programs, and Col. Lynn E. Witt Jr., a World War II pilot who flew 326 combat missions in the Pacific.
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1862 In the Civil War, many soldiers on both sides would die from wounds received in battle. Even more, however, died from illness and disease. One such fatality was Georgian Samuel Lovelace, who died at Bethel Springs, Tenn., as described in this letter from J.C. Curtwright to Lovelace's parents:
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), "Dear Mother: Don't grieve about me. If I get killed, I'll only be dead.": Letters from Georgia Soldiers in the Civil War (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), p. 116.
1865 In Washington, Ga., Eliza Frances Andrews recorded in her journal the arrival of the first groups of returning Georgia soldiers who had served with Robert E. Lee at the time of his surrender two weeks earlier:
Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908), pp. 181-182.
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