|Welcome to GeorgiaInfo | What's New | This Day in Georgia History | Instructional Handout Masters | Credits | Photos & Images | Georgia Trivia ||
1732 Georgia's royal charter was witnessed at Westminster "by Writ of Privy Seal," suggesting that this is the date the charter was officially issued. Actually, the charter was approved by the Privy Council in January 1732, signed by King George II on April 21, 1732. It was not until June 20, 1732, that the charter received all the approvals from boards, committees, and offices required for official promulgation.
1825 Gov. George Troup signed legislation creating what would become Lee, Muscogee, Troup, Coweta, and Carroll counties. The act did not name the counties but rather designated the boundaries of five numbered sections and provided for the survey of each section into land districts and lots.
Naming of the counties did not occur until Troup signed an act of Dec. 14, 1826.
However, if the date of the 1825 act establishing their boundaries is considered the date of the five counties' creation, they are respectively Georgia's 61st - 65th counties.
The five counties were created from land ceded by the Treaty of Indian Springs on Feb. 12, 1825 by a group of Creeks led by William McIntosh. McIntosh had signed away all Creek lands in Georgia (except for four reserves) without approval of other Creek factions, an action which led to his assassination. On Jan. 24, 1826, the Creeks signed a new agreement – the Treaty of Washington – in which they again ceded the lands in question but declared void the Treaty of Indian Springs.
Lee County, Georgia's 61st, probably was named for Revolutionary War hero Richard Henry Lee, though it may have been named for Col. Henry "Lighthorse Harry" Lee.
Muscogee County, Georgia's 62nd, was named for the Muscogee (or Creek) Indians that inhabited the area.
Coweta County, Georgia's 64th, was named for the Coweta band of the Creek Indians.
Carroll County, Georgia's 65th, was named for Maryland's Charles Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1976 Jimmy Carter was assured the Democratic nomination for the presidency when former rivals George Wallace and Henry Jackson, along with Chicago mayor Richard Daley, released their delegates to Carter and endorsed him for president.
1980 Twelve year old Christopher Richardson of Decatur
left his home to go swimming, but never arrived at the pool. He was the latest
victim in the Atlanta Child Murders case.
1987 A mistrial was declared in the third trial of Jim Williams, accused of killing Danny Hansford in Savannah in a case dramatized in both a book and movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
2010 There were two winners with Georgia ties at the County Music Television Video Awards in Nashville. Lady Antebellum won for Group Video of the Year for their song "Need You Now," and Leesburg native Luke Bryan won the award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for "Do I."
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1737 Thomas Causton, bailiff of Savannah, met two of early colonial Georgia's leading figures on this day, but one of the meetings was not pleasant:
Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (The Beehive Press, Savannah, 1974), pp. 250-251.
January / February / March / April / May / June / July / August / September / October / November / December
To the best of our knowledge, images on this site are either (1) in the public domain, or (2) qualify for educational Fair Use under federal copyright law, or (3) are used by permission.
|©2013 Digital Library of Georgia||UGA | GALILEO | Contact Us|