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1779 Polish patriot and American Revolution hero Casimir Pulaski died after being wounded in the American and French attempts to re-take Savannah from British control.
1853 The cornerstone of the 55-foot-high Pulaski Monument was laid in Monterey Square in Savannah.
For more, see This Week in Georgia Civil War History.
1918 Spanish influenza cases remained relatively low in Atlanta, while the University of Georgia announced classes would resume October 21. Classes had been suspended October 7 as a precaution against the Spanish flu epidemic. For more information on the pandemic, see PBS's The American Experience: Influenza 1918 web site.
1927 "Lindbergh Day" was held in Atlanta. Events began at 1 p.m. at Candler Field. Charles Lindbergh flew the "Spirit of St. Louis" over the city and landed at Candler Field at 2 p.m. The entourage left for downtown Atlanta, where a parade was held. Shortly before 4 p.m., Lindbergh arrived at Georgia Tech Stadium, where he gave an address to 20,000 spirited onlookers. From there, he traveled to the Biltmore Hotel for ceremonies with the governor of Georgia and Atlanta's mayor. The next morning, Lindbergh was off to Spartanburg, South Carolina – the next stop on his scheduled tour.
1979 The U.S. Postal Service released a Casimir Pulaski postal card to mark the 200th anniversary of his death following a mortal injury during the siege of Savannah, in which American and French forces tried to retake Savannah from the British.
First-day-of-issue ceremonies were held in Savannah.
1980 The University of Georgia football team continued its national championship run with a 28-21 win over the University of Mississippi. With Herschel Walker injured for most of the game, reserve running back Carnie Norris and quarterback Buck Belue took up the slack, accounting for over 250 yards and two touchdowns between them.
1992 On this day, Deion Sanders accomplished a sports feat never before done – actually two feats. He played in two separate professional sports games in one day. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in the afternoon, then caught a plane to Pittsburgh to play for the Atlanta Braves in the playoffs that night.
Carter announced that the $1,000,000 associated with the award would be used by the Carter Center in Atlanta. Carter became the second Georgia native to receive the Nobel Peace Prize – which is a record for any American state. In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the first native-born Georgian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Though not born in Georgia, Pres. Woodrow Wilson (who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919) spent part of his youth in Augusta, practiced law in Atlanta, and married a young woman from Rome, Ga.
2007 Long time Atlanta Braves general manager John Schuerholz resigned his general manager position to become the team's president. Assistant GM Frank Wren was named the new general manager.
2010 In game four of the 2010 National League Division Series being played at Turner Field, the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2, winning their third game in the five-game series and eliminating the Braves from further post-season play. Even sadder for Atlanta fans was the fact that the loss represented the final game for manager Bobby Cox in a Braves uniform. In 2009, Cox had said that this would be the last in his 29 years as a MLB team manager (most of which was with the Braves). Now at age 69, he was taking his uniform off for the last time.
As the Braves made their final out in the ninth inning and started to leave the dugout, cheering fans in the stands stood in salute to Cox, while "Like a Rock" played over the stadium loudspeakers in his honor. Before leaving for their clubhouse to celebrate their victory, members of the San Francisco Giants came over and took off their hats to salute Cox. Afterwards, Cox addressed the team in the clubhouse, and then the sports media in an emotional press conference. He indicated that tonight was the last time he would wear a Braves uniform, though he would continue to work as a consultant for the team.
Cox began his major league career with the New York Yankees, where he played third base during the 1968 and 1969 seasons. He managed in the Yankees farm system from 1971 to 1976, then becoming the Yankees first base coach in 1977. In 1978, Cox was hired by Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner to manage the hapless Braves, a position he held until Turner fired him in 1981. Cox managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 to 1985 before returning to the Braves in 1986. In the unforgettable 1991 season, the Braves went from "worst to first," playing the Minnesota Twins in the World Series. Cox led the Braves to the 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996 World Series – though only winning the championship ring in 1995. During his amazing career, Cox led the Braves to a MLB record of 14 consecutive division titles, also finishing with a career total of 2,504 victories – ranking him fourth in MLB history
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
Source: George Fenwick Jones (ed.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America . . . Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969), Vol. 2, pp. 172-173.
1738 In an unattributed day-by-day report from Savannah dated Oct. 22 that subsequently was reprinted in London's Gentleman's Magazine, the entry for Oct. 11 noted:
Source: John T. Juricek (ed.), Georgia Treaties, 1733-1763, Vol. XI in Alden T. Vaughan (ed.), Early American Indian Documents: Treaties and Laws, 1607-1789 (Frederick, Md.: University Publications of America, 1989), p. 87.
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