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1734 One of the early actions of the Trustees in 1732 was to authorize or commission persons in England to raise funds to send Britain's worthy poor to Georgia on charity. Three such solicitors were Jewish and used the money they raised to send 42 persecuted Jews (mainly from Portugal) to Georgia – without the knowledge or approval of the Trustees. The Jewish immigrants arrived in Savannah on July 11, 1733, and James Oglethorpe allowed them to stay. He even allocated a land plot for burial of Savannah's Jewish settlers.
Back in London, the Trustees were unhappy with the Jewish settlement in Savannah. On January 5, 1734, the Trustees ordered the Jewish solicitors in England to return their commissions and to make an effort to recall the Jews living in Savannah and send them somewhere else. That recall never took place, and Savannah became home of the oldest Jewish settlement in the South.
Soon after his arrival, a number of prominent Georgia citizens – including Gen. John B. Gordon – welcomed Meade with a banquet. However, in less than two weeks, the warmth of Meade's reception turned cold when on Jan. 13 he removed Georgia's provisional governor and treasurer, followed a few days later by removal of the comptroller-general and secretary of state.
1926 Civil rights and homeless advocate Hosea Williams was born in Attapulgus, Georgia.
1952 Chan Gailey was born in Gainesville, Georgia. He attended the University of Florida in the early 1970s, where he served as Gator quarterback. After graduation, Gailey coached for a number of college and professional football teams, becoming head coach of the Dallas Cowboys in 1998. In his first season, the Cowboys won the NFC East division. After two seasons, Gailey became offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. In 2002, Gailey was hired to lead the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Despite a number of successes at Tech, Gailey-led teams lost six consecutive games to the University of Georgia – a major factor in Tech releasing Gailey at the end of the 2007 season. In January 2008, the Kansas City Chiefs hired Gailey as offensive coordinator. On Jan. 19, 2010, the Buffalo Bills named Gailey as the team's new head coach.
1957 Georgia-born Jackie Robinson announced his retirement from major league baseball.
1979 Robins Air Force Base officials met with area state legislators about a proposal to annex Robins AFB to increase the official population of the city or Warner Robins in order to qualify for more state and federal grants. The next day, the base commander asked the city's mayor to drop the plans.
1983 Jim Williams was granted an appeal for a new trial; he had been convicted of murder the previous year in the case that was dramatized in the book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
1988 Former Atlanta Hawk "Pistol Pete" Maravich died at age 40 from a heart attack while playing a basketball pickup game in Pasadena, California.
Born on June 22, 1947 in Aliquippa,
Pa.the basketball standout set a NCAA record of 44.2 points per game at Louisiana
State University. The 1970 College Player of the Year, Maravich was drafted
by the Atlanta Hawks, where he spent four seasons. He led the National Basketball
Association in scoring in 1977.
2003 The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Green Bay Packers 27-7 in a playoff game. This was the first time Green Bay had ever lost a playoff game on their home field.
2009 Former U.S. Attorney General Griffin Bell died in Atlanta, GA. Bell was born in Sumter County, GA in 1918 and attended Mercer Law School in Macon. He served as U.S. Attorney General under President Jimmy Carter.
2010 In Miami, the temperature dropped to the upper 40s, making it the coldest Orange Bowl in history. It was not just the weather that was cold – so was 9th-ranked Georgia Tech during the first half of its game with 10th-ranked Iowa. The Yellow Jackets came into the game with the second most productive rushing offense in the nation. But nothing seemed to work in the first half. And though things improved in the second half, Tech could only muster a total of 143 rushing yards on 41 carries in the game – the second lowest of the season – losing to the Hawkeyes 24-14.
In Their Own Words on This Day . . .
1756 In 1754, England and France went to war over their worldwide empires. In North America, the conflict was known as the French and Indian War. Concerned about the defenses of the American colonies, the British Board of Trade wrote royal governor John Reynolds asking what needed to be done to put Georgia into a proper state of defense. On this day, Reynolds responded with a letter about how unprepared Georgia was:
Source: Edward J. Cashin (ed.), Setting Out to Begin a New World: Colonial Georgia (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), pp. 112-114.
1865 Union Maj. Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry wrote in his diary from the South Carolina side of the Savannah River:
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