November in Georgia History

A number of significant historical events have occurred in Georgia during the month of November.

1700-1749

1732
The Anne set sail from England, carrying James Oglethorpe and Georgia's first colonists.

1750-1799

1790
charter was granted to Congregation Mickve Israel, the oldest Jewish congregation in the South.

1800-1849

1808
The first steamboat appeared on the Savannah River.

1827
The final cession of Creek Indian land in Georgia was signed.

1838
The Okefenokee Campaign of the Second Seminole War began.

1846
The headgates of the Augusta Canal were opened for the first time.

1847
The Columbus canal was completed.

1850-1899

1858
The last ship to bring slaves from Africa to Georgia, the Wanderer, arrived at Jekyll Island.

1863
During the Civil War, the Battle of Ringgold Gap took place.

1864
Union general William T. Sherman set fire to Atlanta on November 15, before embarking on his destructive March to the Sea.

1865
Captain Henry Wirz, the commander of Andersonville Prison, became the only person executed for war crimes during the Civil War.

1880
Joel Chandler Harris published his first book of Uncle Remus tales.

1884
Construction began on the new capitol building in Atlanta.

1895
The Georgia division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy formed.

1899
The Georgia Woman Suffrage Association held its first suffrage convention in Atlanta.

1900-1949

1914

1922
Rebecca Latimer Felton was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.

1935
U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at the opening in Atlanta of Techwood Homes, the nation's first public housing project.

1936
Thornwell Jacobs, the president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, published his concept for a "crypt of civilization" in Scientific American magazine.

1942
Frank Sinkwicha halfback for the UGA football team, won the Heisman Trophy.

1946
The Walt Disney film Song of the South, based on the Uncle Remus tales, premiered at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

1950-1999

1957
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.

1960
Albany native Ray Charles's recording of "Georgia on My Mind" reached number one on the charts for the first time.

1961
The  Albany Movement began after demonstrators were arrested for attempting to integrate the municipal bus station in Albany.

1966
The Atlanta Falcons football team won its first game on November 30.

1972
Andrew Young became the first black U.S. congressman elected from the Deep South since Reconstruction.

1976
Jimmy Carter became the first Georgian to be elected president of the United States.

1977
The Atlanta Braves hired Bobby Cox to manage and rebuild the baseball team.

1983
U.S. president Ronald Reagan designated a federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

1988
Spelman College in Atlanta received a $20 million donation from actor/comedian Bill Cosby.

1989
The groundbreaking for the Georgia Dome, the home of the Atlanta Falcons, took place.

1992
Georgia voters approved a statewide lottery to help fund public education.

1997
The film adaptation of John Berendt's book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil premiered in Savannah.

1998
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.

2000-2049

2001
The Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Constitution newspapers merged to publish a single newspaper under the masthead of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Staff, NGE. "November in Georgia History." New Georgia Encyclopedia. 06 December 2013. Web. 22 October 2014.
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