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This Day in Georgia History

November 18, 1973

President Nixon Arrived at Robins AFB

President and Mrs. Richard M. Nixon and party arrived in the Spirit of ‘76 at Robins Air Force Base for a three-hour visit at Mercer University in Macon to honor the 90th birthday of former Georgia Congressman Carl Vinson and to pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law. At the ceremonies, President Richard Nixon announced that the next American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier would be named the USS Carl Vinson.