|Welcome to GeorgiaInfo | What's New | This Day in Georgia History | Instructional Handout Masters | Credits | Photos & Images | Georgia Trivia ||
1779 Count Casimir Pulaski was mortally wounded in battle during the siege of Savannah. He would die two days later.
1782 Lewis Cass was born in Michigan. He later became governor of Michigan, and then U.S. Senator from that state.
Cass's political beliefs were popular in the South, and in late 1832 the Georgia General Assembly named a new county after him.
After the outbreak of the Civil War, Cass became a strong proponent of the Union cause. That, coupled with the death of Col. Francis Bartow at the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), led the Georgia General Assembly on Dec. 6, 1861, to rename Cass County as Bartow County.
1918 Precautionary measures against the spread of Spanish influenza in Atlanta seemed to be working as few new cases were reported. Meanwhile, the flu epidemic continued to spread through the country.
1961 Ray Charles' recording of "Hit The Road Jack" reached #1 on the pop singles chart.
1963 The Board of Regents approved the creation of a new junior college in Cobb County. This action followed local leaders promise to pick up the costs of land acquisition, road and utility improvements, and construction of the original eight buildings. On April 22, 1964, Cobb County voters went to the polls, where 88 percent of the voters approved a bond referendum providing $2.35 million for campus construction. A large federal grant supplemented the original building costs. The embryonic institution was given a variety of unofficial names until August 1965, when it officially became Kennesaw Junior College – named for the nearby mountain where a major Civil War battle had been fought a century earlier. With the campus still under construction, classes began in September 1966 in classrooms provided at Southern Tech in Marietta. The initial enrollment was 1,014 students. The KJC campus in north Cobb County was not ready for occupancy until January 9, 1967, the beginning of winter quarter. In 1977, the institution became known as Kennesaw College, and the following year it became a four-year school. In 1996, Kennesaw College was renamed Kennesaw State University.[Contributed by Dr. Tom Scott, Kennesaw State University]
1976 Campaigning in Cleveland, Jimmy Carter kept us his attack on President Ford to maintain the momentum he had gained from the second presidential debate. He challenged Ford to make his income tax return public.
1980 Twelve year old Charles
Stephens was strangled to death in Atlanta. He was
the latest victim in the Atlanta Child Murders case.
1995 Georgia's Sam Nunn announced he would not seek re-election for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate. Known for his expertise in American national defense, the 57-year-old Democrat from Perry indicated that he planned to "follow a new course" in his life.
Georgia towns and cities incorporated by acts approved on Oct. 9:
1891 Dennard (Houston County) and Cement (Bartow County)
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1734 Although Mary Musgrove is credited for the valuable work she performed interpreting during James Oglethorpe's meetings with Yamacraw and other Creek Indians, it was actually her husband – John Musgrove – who played the role of key translator during the first two years of Georgia's existence. It was he who accompanied the delegation of Yamacraw Indians to England in 1734. On this important mission, Musgrove was able to perform his duties when Tomochichi met King George II and the Archbishop of Canterbury. But, on several other occasions, Musgrove had a problem that left him ineffective as a translator, as evidenced by this entry about the Trustees' meeting on Oct. 9 from the diary of the Earl of Egmont:
Source: U.K. Historical Manuscripts Commission, Diary of the First Earl of Egmont (London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1923), Vol. 2, p. 129.
1795 During the 1780s and '90s, there were frequent hostilities on Georgia's frontier due to Indian attacks on whites who had settled illegally on their lands. Sometimes, white Georgians retaliated against innocent Indians, as evidenced by this letter from Timothy Barnard to Gov. George Mathews:
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), pp. 60-61.
1864 Col. Fredrick Winkler of the 26th Wisconsin Infantry wrote his wife from occupied Atlanta:
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
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|