November in Georgia History
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A number of significant historical events have occurred in Georgia during the month of November.
A charter was granted to Congregation Mickve Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the South.
The first steamboat appeared on the Savannah River.
The final cession of Creek Indian land in Georgia was signed.
The Okefenokee Campaign of the Second Seminole War began.
The headgates of the Augusta Canal were opened for the first time.
The Columbus canal was completed.
The last ship to bring slaves from Africa to Georgia, the Wanderer, arrived at Jekyll Island.
During the Civil War, the Battle of Ringgold Gap took place.
Union general William T. Sherman set fire to Atlanta on November 15, before embarking on his destructive March to the Sea.
Captain Henry Wirz, the commander of Andersonville Prison, became the only person executed for war crimes during the Civil War.
The Georgia division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy formed.
The Georgia Woman Suffrage Association held its first suffrage convention in Atlanta.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta opened.
Rebecca Latimer Felton was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at the opening in Atlanta of Techwood Homes, the nation's first public housing project.
Thornwell Jacobs, the president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, published his concept for a "crypt of civilization" in Scientific American magazine.
The Walt Disney film Song of the South, based on the Uncle Remus tales, premiered at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
Eighty members of the Atlanta Christian Council issued a statement, known as the Ministers' Manifesto, providing tenets for the city to follow during its struggles with integration.
Albany native Ray Charles's recording of "Georgia on My Mind" reached number one on the charts for the first time.
The Albany Movement began after demonstrators were arrested for attempting to integrate the municipal bus station in Albany.
The Atlanta Falcons football team won its first game on November 30.
Andrew Young became the first black U.S. congressman elected from the Deep South since Reconstruction.
U.S. president Ronald Reagan designated a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
Spelman College in Atlanta received a $20 million donation from actor/comedian Bill Cosby.
Georgia voters approved a statewide lottery to help fund public education.
The film adaptation of John Berendt's book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil premiered in Savannah.
The Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum (later the Albany Civil Rights Institute) opened to commemorate the civil rights movement in southwest Georgia.
Dalton-based World Carpets merged with Mohawk Industries to become one of the largest tufted-carpet companies in the United States.
The Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution newspapers merged to publish a single newspaper under the masthead of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
- November [?], 1740 Stephen Heard, Revolutionary War patriot
- November 22, 1754 Abraham Baldwin, founder of the University of Georgia
- November 9, 1795 Josiah Tattnall, Civil War naval officer
- November [?], 1809 Fanny Kemble, author and actress
- November 1, 1815 Crawford Long, physician
- November 4, 1834 Allen D. Candler, Georgia governor
- November 19, 1839 Atticus G. Haygood, educator
- November 20, 1849 Amanda America Dickson, wealthy landowner
- November 11, 1854 William Y. Atkinson, politician
- November 17, 1867 George Stallings, baseball player and manager
- November 24, 1868 Robert Sengstacke Abbott, journalist
- November 24, 1870 Alexander Hamilton, builder
- November 21, 1875 Julia Collier Harris, journalist
- November 4, 1877 Ulrich Bonnell Phillips, historian
- November 27, 1881 C. Mildred Thompson, historian
- November 18, 1883 Carl Vinson, politician
- November 26, 1885 Andrew Jenkins, musician
- November 18, 1894 Thomas Brewer, civil rights activist
- November 2, 1897 Richard B. Russell Jr., politician
- November 8, 1900 Margaret Mitchell, writer
- November 7, 1902 Ed Dodd, cartoonist
- November 8, 1904 Horace Mann Bond, educator
- November 11, 1908 Bobby Dodd, football coach
- November 18, 1909 Johnny Mercer, musician
- November 29, 1912 Albert B. Saye, historian
- November 21, 1915 Wessie Connell, librarian
- November 4, 1918 Furman Bisher, sportswriter
- November 13, 1930 Benny Andrews, artist
- November 13, 1930 Frank Manley, writer
- November 18, 1931 Roberto Goizueta, businessman
- November 3, 1933 Mildred McDaniel, athlete
- November 3, 1933 Louis Sullivan, medical scholar
- November 29, 1935 Rosemary Daniell, writer
- November 19, 1938 Ted Turner, businessman
- November 18, 1939 Stanley Lindberg, editor
- November 5, 1946 Gram Parsons, musician
- November 20, 1946 Duane Allman, musician
- November 3, 1949 Larry Holmes, athlete
- November 18, 1949 Tina McElroy Ansa, writer
- November 25, 1960 Amy Grant, musician
- November 12, 1964 Vic Chesnutt, musician
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