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1845 Congress enacted legislation directing states to hold all national elections on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
1861 Except for Joshua Hill, all of Georgia's members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to the Speaker of the House announcing that they were no longer members of that body, since Georgia had withdrawn from the Union and had repealed the 1788 ordinance ratifying the U.S. Constitution. Hill withdrew by sending the Speaker a letter of resignation on the grounds that Georgians no longer wished to be represented in Congress. Because Georgia's senators had resigned earlier, this left the state without any representation in Congress. See also This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
Georgia's Delegation to the U.S. Congress, January 1861
1861 Gov. Joseph E. Brown personally visited Augusta and demanded that U.S. Army Capt. Arnold Elzey, commander of the federal arsenal at Augusta, surrender the facility to the state of Georgia.
Capt. Elzey, who had a small force of 80 soldiers, refused Brown's demand. Rumors that Georgia was going to take the arsenal by force led 800 Augustans to volunteer for military duty. Gov. Brown, however, decided give Elzey a chance to reconsider and had his aide-de-camp draft a letter to Elzey stipulating his demand in writing [see letter below in "In Their Own Words. . ."]. Elzey then telegraphed Army officials in Washington D.C. to tell of his situation and ask for further instructions [see telegraph below in "In Their Own Words. . ."].
1893 Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior and Supreme Court justice Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar died at age 77 in Vineville, Georgia.
1933 Gov. Eugene Talmadge signed a joint resolution of the General Assembly ratifying the 20th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prescribed that the terms of president and vice president end at noon on Jan. 20th, that terms of members of Congress end at noon on Jan. 3, and that Congress shall convene at noon on Jan. 3 of each year. The amendment also provided for presidential succession should the president-elect before taking office.
1942 South of Macon, the U.S. Army Air Depot was officially named Robins Field in honor of Brig. Gen. Augustine Warner Robins.
1962 Jackie Robinson and Bob Feller were selected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
1977 The television miniseries "Roots," filmed largely in coastal Georgia, debuted on ABC. Shown on 8 different nights, the miniseries drew more viewers than any previous series in history.
1986 Two Georgians -- James Brown and Ray Charles -- were among the first eight musicians or groups honored at the first annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining them were Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley.
1993 Thomas A. Dorsey, known as the father of black gospel music, died in Chicago at age 93.
2005 The Atlanta Falcons lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football Conference title game, falling one game short of the Super Bowl.
2008 The Atlanta Falcons hired Mike Smith, formerly defensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as their new head coach. Bobby Petrino had resigned thirteen games into his first season as coach.
Georgia towns and cities first incorporated by acts signed on this day:
1866 Wrightsville (Johnson
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1782 Six months before Savannah was recaptured by American forces, Georgia's royal governor James Wright wrote the British Board of Trade:
Source: Kenneth Coleman and Milton Ready (eds.), Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Volume 28, Part II (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1979), p. 408.
1861 At the direction of Gov. Joseph E. Brown, his aide-de-camp Col. Henry R. Jackson wrote Capt. Arnold Elzey, U.S. commander of the Augusta Arsenal, demanding him to surrender the facility:
Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (Washington, DC: Government Publications Office, 1880-1900), Vol. I, p. 322.
1861 Following receipt of Gov. Brown's demand for the surrender of the U.S. Arsenal in Augusta, arsenal commander Capt. Arnold Elzey telegraphed Col. Samuel Cooper, U.S. Army Adjutant General, with the following message:
Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (Washington, DC: Government Publications Office, 1880-1900), Vol. I, p. 321-322.
1883 City government has changed dramatically in terms of budget, work force, and services over the past century, as evidenced by this reporter's account of the annual report for Decatur, Ga. published two days later in the Atlanta Constitution:
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. 54.
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