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1733 James Oglethorpe presented gifts to the Yamacraw Indians in appreciation for being allowed to settle the Georgia colonists on Yamacraw Bluff.
[Note: Letters, diaries, and records of this time show dates based on the Julian calendar (referred to as "Old Style") then in effect in Britain and the American colonies. The Gregorian calendar ("New Style") was adopted in 1752. Thus, Feb. 2, 1732/33 (Old Style) represents Feb. 13, 1733 under our calendar now in effect. For a fuller explanation, click here.]
1848 Following the Jan. 29 election of Moses W. Formwalt as Atlanta's first mayor and six city council members, the Atlanta city council held its first meeting in the store of Jonas Smith, one of the new council members.
1870 The Georgia General Assembly ratified the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits denying the right to vote because of race or color.
1899 Following a campaign by the Atlanta Young Men's Library Association (YMLA) to find funding for a public library in Atlanta, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie wrote a letter stating that he would donate $100,000 to give Atlanta a public library, providing the city would provide a site and agree to spend at least $5,000 per year maintaining the library. [See letter below in "In Their Own Words . . ." section.]
Atlanta city officials subsequently agreed to his offer, and on May 6, 1899, Carnegie fulfilled his pledge. On July 1, Atlanta city officials announced that $5,000 would be appropriated out of each year's city budget. However, the $105,000 did not prove sufficient to construct a large library in downtown Atlanta, so the YMLA made another request for help to Carnegie, who in November 1899 donated an additional $25,000. Even that was not enough, so in 1901 Carnegie gave an additional $20,000. Atlanta's new public library opened on March 4, 1902.
1923 Poet and novelist James Dickey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. While Dickey's most famous work was his novel Deliverance, he was primarily a poet. His poetry was published in several volumes: Buckdancer's Choice (which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1966), Into the Stone, Drowning with Others, The Eagle's Mile, and The Whole Motion: Collected Poems (published in 1994). Dickey died January 19, 1997 in Columbia, S.C.
1956 In the Georgia House of Representatives, S.B. 98 (which would change Georgia's state flag) had its first reading and then was sent to the Committee on Historical Research. This was a Thursday, and both houses of the General Assembly voted to adjourn until Monday. For more on Georgia flags, vist the Flags That Have Flown Over Georgia site.
1982 Jim Williams was convicted
of the murder of Danny Hansford in Savannah. The case was dramatized in
the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, later made into
1988 The Georgia Senate approved a House resolution ratifying the 27th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides that no law changing the compensation of any member of Congress can take effect until an election of representatives shall have taken place. Gov. Joe Frank Harris would not sign the joint resolution until March 28, though the U.S. Secretary of State recognizes the day of ratification as the day the second house of a bicamerial legislature approves the amendment -- not the day that a governor signs a joint or concurrent resolution.
2000 Willie B., Zoo Atlanta's famous resident gorilla, died.
Actions affecting Georgia cities and towns approved on Feb. 2:
1943 Worth (Turner County) charter repealed
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1740 In January, James Oglethorpe had taken a force of almost 200 men southward from Frederica, past the St. Johns River, and on to St. Augustine to see personally the size and location of Spanish forces. After his probe, Oglethorpe returned to Frederica, where he wrote William Stephens (who was president of the northern half of the colony) in Savannah:
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe's Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), Vol. II, pp. 451-452.
1797 Indian agent Benjamin Hawkins was very serious about his work and kept detailed records, as shown in the following journal entry:
Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. IX, Letters of Benjamin Hawkins, 1796-1806 (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1916), pp. 69-70.
1899 Members of Atlanta's Young Men's Library Association had launched a campaign earlier to encourage city official to fund a public library for Atlanta residents. After the president of Y.M.L.A. saw reports of Andrew Carnegie funding libraries in other cities, the organization invited Walter M. Kelley, who represented Carnegie Steel Corp. interests in the Southeast, to sit on the board of directors of the Y.M.L.A. Subsequently, members encouraged Kelley to use his influence with Carnegie to obtain financial support for a library in Atlanta. On Feb. 2, 1899, Carnegie wrote Kelley the following letter:
Source: Franklin M. Garrett, Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of Its People and Events (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 original volume), Vol. II, p. 376.
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