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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

18th century

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May 12, 1791

George Washington Visits

As first president, George Washington was the living symbol of the independent United States. After his inauguration, he embarked on a grand tour designed to ce...
June 30, 1785

James Oglethorpe Died

The colony he founded is now the largest of the United States east of the Mississippi.

James Edward Oglethorpe was born in 1696 in London and was ed...
May 16, 1777

Button Gwinnett – Lachlan McIntosh Duel

His John Hancock is rarer than John Hancock’s.

Born in England in 1735, Button Gwinnett came to Savannah 30 years later. He bought St. Catherine...
August 02, 1776

Georgia Delegates Sign Declaration of Independence

Georgia joined The United States on August 2, 1776, the same day that Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, and George Walton signed the Declaration of Independence in ...
August 10, 1774

Sons of Liberty Meet in Savannah

On this day in 1774, revolutionaries were plotting at Tondee's Tavern in Savannah. Thirty men, calling themselves the “Sons of Liberty,” gathered to plan Ge...
June 20, 1770

Moses Waddel

In a half century of teaching, Moses Waddel taught some of the most influential and important statesmen of the 19th century.

Born in North Carolina ...
March 18, 1766

Stamp Act Repealed

The Stamp Act was supposed to raise money to pay off the country’s enormous debt following eight years of war, but instead it started a revolution.

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May 17, 1749

Slavery in Colonial Georgia

At a time when slavery thrived in the American colonies, Georgia, you may be surprised, was alone in banning it. But it wasn’t a moral decision.

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August 07, 1742

Nathanael Greene

A Revolutionary War hero, born on this day, played a critical role in helping Georgia defeat the British.

Nathanael Greene, George Washington's top l...
July 07, 1742

Battle of Bloody Marsh

Georgia might have become a Spanish colony had it not been for the Battle of Bloody Marsh, fought on this day in 1742.

The battle on St. Simon’s I...

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