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1727 James Oglethorpe dropped out of Corpus Christi College at Oxford University without completing his B.A. degree. However, he would receive a special M.A. degree on July 31, 1731. (See July 31 entry for story of why he received the M.A. degree.)
1839 Lawyer and veteran politician Augustus Octavius Bacon was born in Bryan County, Georgia (although he ultimately made his home in Macon). After graduating from the University of Georgia with undergraduate and law degrees, he began the practice of law in Atlanta in 1860. Bacon became involved in politics after serving in the Confederate army during the Civil War. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1871-1883, eventually rising to the prominent position of Speaker of the House. Bacon was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1895 until his death in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 14, 1914.
1886 The committee created by the legislature to choose a site for the new state technology school of Georgia selected a location just north of downtown Atlanta.
1918 There was a slight decrease in the number of new cases of Spanish influenza reported statewide.
1946 Humorist Lewis Grizzard was born at Fort Benning, Georgia; he would grow up in Moreland, Georgia, in Coweta County.
1963 St. Simons Island-born Jim Brown set a National Football League single-season rushing record of 1,863 yards – a record that stood until broken by O.J. Simpson in 1973. In 1971, Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1969 The U.S. Department of Interior designated the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge on Wassaw Island off the coast of Chatham County.
1996 Playing in New York, the Atlanta Braves embarrassed the Yankees in the opening game of the World Series with a 12-1 win. In his first at-bat, 19-year-old Andruw Jones hit a home run to become the youngest player to homer in the history of the World Series. During his second at-bat, Jones hit another home run to become the second player to hit back-to-back home runs in his first appearance in the World Series.
In Their Own Words on This Day. . .
1861 From Villa Rica, Ga., Joseph W. Chambers wrote Gov. Joseph E. Brown about boys sixteen and younger enlisting as soldiers. Chambers had two teenage sons of his own, and it was not fear of their death or injury that he spoke about in his letter but rather concern that his boys would learn to drink and gamble:
Source: Mills Lane (ed.), Georgia: History written by Those who lived It (Savannah: Beehive Press, 1995), p. 145.
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