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1861 In Montgomery, Ala., Confederate President Jefferson Davis announced the ratification of the Confederate Constitution in a message to the Confederate Congress meeting in the Alabama state capitol.
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1913 During the funeral of 13-year-old Mary Phagan', her mother was overcome with grief several times.
Meanwhile, as the investigation proceeded, most of the suspicion continued to fall on Newt Lee, though plant supervisor Leo Frank was brought in again for more detailed questioning. After his interrogation, Frank questioned Lee himself. Police had found a bloody shirt in Lee's home, but he claimed it was his own blood from an injury. The reward for information leading to the conviction of the murderer was raised to $2200 – $1000 from the Atlanta Constitution, $1000 from the city of Atlanta, and $200 from the state. One of the detectives released the following statement: "We have sufficient evidence to convict the murderers of Mary Phagan. More arrests will be made before daybreak. The mystery is cleared." However, no names were mentioned. As it turned out, Leo Frank was arrested as a material witness. For more, the Leo Frank Case page.
1950 On this date the Air Force formally dedicated Dobbins Air Force Base in Cobb County in honor of the late Capt. Charles M. Dobbins and in memory of the other servicemen from Cobb and Fulton Counties, and of Georgia, "whose deeds and sacrifices will forever be honored." The origin of the base dates to 1940, when Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt named Marietta native Gen. Lucius D. Clay to launch the Civil Aeronautics Administration, which had the task of planning airfield construction in anticipation of possible U.S. entry into the war. One of the sites selected for a new airfield was Marietta, and here a new facility named Rickenbacker Field was built in 1941. In 1942, the air base was renamed Marietta Army Airfield. In 1948, following creation of the U.S. Air Force as a separate arm of the military, the airfield was renamed Marietta Air Force Base.
A native of Marietta, Capt. Dobbins graduated from Georgia Tech in 1939. During World War II, Dobbins flew C-47 troop transport planes in North Africa and in Europe.
On July 11, 1943, during a night paratroop mission, Dobbins' C-47 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire as it proceeded out to sea near Gela, Sicily. The plane and crew were never found. Capt. Dobbins flew eighty-eight bombardment missions in the North African campaign and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and a variety of other medals. His unit had been awarded the Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation. [Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]
This was Aaron's 405th career home run. Over the next eight years, he would hit over 300 more home runs to become the Major League Baseball's all-time home run king – a title he held until Aug. 7, 2007, when Barry Bonds broke Aaron's record of 755 home runs. Bonds went on to hit 762 home runs, establishing the all-time home run record. However, allegations that Bonds used steroids during part of his career tarnished his claim to home run king, leading some to believe that the untarnished title belonged to Aaron.
1988 Waycross-born Burt Reynolds married television actress Loni Anderson. Their marriage would last until 1993.
In September 1987, 14 U.S. cities had submitted bids to the U.S.O.C., which later narrowed the choice to two – Atlanta and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
1997 A ten-day protest on
the steps of the U.S. Capitol to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas
at Fort Benning, Georgia ended. The facility, which trains Latin American soldiers and police in military and law-enforcement tactics, has attracted protests by human rights activists since it moved to Fort Benning from Panama in 1984. In 2001, the school was renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation and transferred to the U.S. Department of Defense. However, it is still popularly known as the School of the Americas and human rights protestors annually hold a protest demonstration at the gates of Fort Benning.
2003 A mild earthquake (4.9 on the Richter scale) hit most
of northwest Georgia.
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1742 Many of the Georgia colonists were unprepared for the stifling heat they would face, as evidenced by the following entry from William Stephens' journal in 1742:
Source: E. Merton Coulter (ed.), The Journal of William Stephens, 1741-1743 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1959), p. 71.
1861 From Calhoun County, William P. Harrison wrote Georgia governor Joseph E. Brown of concerns that some local slaves were not working because of the widespread rumor that the Union Army would soon arrive to set them free:
Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), pp. 141-142.
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