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1864 While advancing around Atlanta's western perimeter, Sherman's Army had reached the tracks of the Western & West Point Railroad on the previous evening. Sherman ordered his men to spend the entire day of August 29 pulling up over 12 miles of track between Red Oak and Fairburn to the west.
In Sherman's words: "The track was heaved up in sections the length of a regiment, then separated rail by rail; bonfires were made of the ties and of fence-rails on which the rolls were heated, carried to trees or telegraph poles, wrapped around and left to cool." Thus were the instructions for what Union soldiers called "Sherman's neckties".
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1945 American track star Wyomia Tyus was born in Griffin, Georgia. Tyus held the world record in the 100 meters (1964-65, 1968-72) and was the first athlete to win two Olympic gold medals in the event.
1961 Cobb County's Lockheed Corp. received the go-ahead from the FAA to begin production of the JetStar. Designed to fly at speeds of 550 miles per hour, the JetStar was the fastest passenger plane of the day.
1961 Atlanta Mayor William Hartsfield expressed "faith and confidence" that the imminent desegregation of four Atlanta public schools would be carried out "with peace and good order."
1964 Tropical storm Cleo, just downgraded from a hurricane after devastating Florida, hit the southeast Georgia coast with with wind gusts up to 65 MPH and sustained winds of 50 MPH. Seven inches of rain fell on Savannah in five hours, causing flash flooding.
1991 The U.S. Postal Service issued a 29-cent stamp commemorating the famous movie comedy duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, with first-day-of-issue ceremonies in Hollywood, California. Hardy (1892-1957) was born in Harlem, Georgia.
This was not the first stamp to honor the early movie comic pair. In 1989, the West African nation of Gambia issued a Laurel and Hardy commemorative stamp.
2009 Eight people were killed, and one critically injured, in a mobile home park on the grounds of New Hope plantation near Brunswick. Later, the person who made the 911 call, Guy Heinze, Jr., was charged with the murder of eight members of his family.
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1776 The following entry from the minutes of Georgia's Council of Safety indicates members had little mercy for loyalists conspiring with the British:
Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society (Savannah: Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1901), Vol. V, Part 1, p. 103.
1865 In Washington, Georgia, an "unreconstructed" Eliza Frances Andrews wrote of her gloom about a pending change in the commander of Union forces occupying her hometown:
Source: Eliza Frances Andrews, The War-Time Journal of a Georgia Girl, 1864-1865 (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1908),, pp. 382-384.
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