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1749 In London, James Oglethorpe attended his last meeting of the Trustees of Georgia. Disillusioned by the Trustees' decision to allow slavery and to make other changes in Georgia, Oglethorpe decided he could no longer participate.
1861 In Savannah, delegates to Georgia's secession convention unanimously ratified the proposed Confederate Constitution adopted five days earlier by the Confederate Congress. One of the delegates, Thomas R.R. Cobb, had been the principal author of the Confederate Constitutioin. On the same day, convention delegates voted to instruct the Committee on Constitution and Laws, chaired by Cobb, to revise Georgia's state constitution. Cobb, however, already had drafted a new state constitution.
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1954 Professional golfer Hollis Stacy was born in Savannah, Georgia. In 1969, she became the youngest player to ever win the U.S. Golf Association Junior Girls Championship. She also won the event in 1970 and 1971, becoming one of only two golfers to win the championship three years in succession. Stacey joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1974 and went on to successful career, winning the U.S. Open three times (1977, 1978, and 1984).
Stacy played the LPGA tour until 2000, when she retired from the regular tour and joined the Women's Senior Golf Tour. Additionally, she has designed a golf course in Austin, Texas and has worked with the Scleraderma Foundation.
1976 Jimmy Carter's presidential race was buoyed with a decisive victory in the Illinois Democratic Primary, proving to be his largest win to date in the 1976 presidential primary campaign.
1976 Two days of heavy rain caused over $1.7 million in floor damage in the Atlanta area. One of the casualties was the Cyclorama's painting of the Battle of Atlanta. In the past, the Grant Park building housing the painting had leaked frequently, but this was the first time there was actual water damage to the painting itself.
2012 President Barack Obama visited the Atlanta area for a series of fund raisers.
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
Source: [no author or editor cited], Our First Visit in America: Early Reports from the Colony of Georgia, 1732-1740 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1974), pp. 48-49.
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), General Oglethorpe's Georgia: Colonial Letters, 1733-1743 (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1990), Vol. I, pp. 251-252.
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