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1913 In Fulton County Superior Court, the capital murder trial of Leo Frank began its twenty-third day. Prosecutor Hugh Dorsey took the offense, blistering Frank's character and portraying Mary Phagan as a symbol of lost innocence and virtue. Dorsey tried to deflect charges of anti-Semitism by recalling the great names in Jewish history, arguing that Frank with his deviant behavior dishonored them as well as the southern girl he had so brutally murdered. Although Judge L.S. Roan kept strict control of the courtroom, Dorsey's words were quickly relayed to the large crowd waiting outside. When Dorsey emerged he was greeted with thunderous applause. Click here for a detailed accounting of the case.
1919 The front page headline of the Atlanta Constitution announced that the Candler family had sold The Coca-Cola Co. to the Trust Company Bank of Georgia.
The article noted that the Candlers had sold the soft drink company to Trust Company for almost $30,000,000, and that the bank planned to reincorporate Coca-Cola Co. in Delaware but would keep Coca-Cola's headquarters in Atlanta. Actually, the sale was not completed until Sept. 12, 1919, and involved a group of investors led by Trust Company president Ernest Woodruff who purchased Coca-Cola for $25,000,000. Four years later, Woodruff's son, Robert, became president of The Coca-Cola Company and transformed the Atlanta firm into an international corporation.
1933 Fishermen near Waynesboro killed a ten-foot long rattlesnake with a girth of eighteen inches and sixty-one rattles. While this reportedly was the largest rattlesnake recorded in Georgia until that time, it's hard to know with certainty since rattlesnake size can be based on different standards – such as length, weight, and number of rattles. But, in the wild, rattlesnakes can grow to huge sizes.
Construction of the N.S. Savannah had begun at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation's facilities in Camden, New Jersey, in 1958. The ship was christened fourteen months later – but work on the ship and installation of its nuclear reactor took another two and one-half years. Sea trials and additional testing and modification continued until May 1, 1962, when the Savannah was delivered to the States Marine Lines, which would operate the ship. On Aug. 20, 1962, the N.S. Savannah sailed from Yorktown, Virginia, southward to Savannah, Georgia, which would serve as its home port. Two days later, it arrived at Savannah to welcoming ceremonies by city officials, who presented the officers and crew with citations designating them "citizens of the city of Savannah."
During its six-day stay in Savannah, an estimated 35,000 visitors toured the ship. On the morning of Aug. 28, the N.S. Savannah sailed from Savannah for Norfolk, Va. After a brief stay there, it departed for a world tour that included a stop in Seattle for the World's Fair..
Georgia towns and cities incorporated by acts approved on August 22:
1891 Dexter (Laurens County) and Hazlehurst (Laurens County)
1905 Danville (Wilkinson and Twiggs counties), and Warwick (Worth County)
1907 Apalachee (Morgan County), Bethlehem (Walton County), Beverly (Elbert County), Boynton (Catoosa County), Brinson (Decatur County), Bushnell (Coffee County), Caldwell (Laurens County), Covington Mills (Newton County), Crandall (Murray County), Diffee (Decatur County), Fairfax (Ware County), Ficklen (Wilkes and Taliaferro counties),Gay (Meriwether County), Haralson (Coweta and Meriwether counties), Ideal (Macon County), Machinery City (Cobb County), Maxeys (Oglethorpe County), Mountain City (Rabun County), Nicholson (Jackson County), Odum (Wayne County), Pretoria (Dougherty County), Riverside (Colquitt County), Springfield (Effingham County), Tignall (Wilkes County), Warwick (Worth County), and White Sulphur Springs (Meriwether County)
Other acts affecting Georgia towns and cities approved on August 22:
1905 Charter of Cohutta (created Dec. 3, 1895) repealed
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1776 The Georgia Council of Safety was a temporary body formed to carry on Georgia's government during the Revolutionary War. Not surprisingly many of its meetings dealt chiefly with military matters, as evidenced by minutes of this day's meeting:
Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society (Savannah: Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1901), Vol. V, Part 1, pp. 96-97.
1864 In Petersburg, Va., Lt. T. M. Beasley, commander of Co. F of the 64th Georgia Regiment, had a duty that had become all too commonplace. Writing Susan Jones in Talbot County, Ga., Beasley had to inform her of the fate of her husband:
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1864 After the Civil War, the Georgia General Assembly was called on to provide artificial limbs to the many Georgians who had an arm or leg amputated because of wounds received in battle. One such Georgian was Milton Clark, as he reports in a letter to his brother from Reed's Hospital in Lynchburg, Va.:
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. 331.
1864 While Georgians were dying in battle near Atlanta and in Virginia, some civilians had a different fear. Far to the south, in Quitman, Ga., Mrs. Mitchell Jones wrote Georgia Gov. Joseph E. Brown of her concerns about a local slave insurrection:
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Price, 1995), pp. 176-177.
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