Georgia Colony Founded – Today In Southern History

12 February 1733 

On this date in 1733…

James Oglethorpe and his colonists first landed at Yamacraw Bluff to found the British colony of Georgia at the site of present-day Savannah, Georgia.

Other Years:

  • 1825 – The Creek tribe ceded the last of their lands in Georgia to the United States government by the Treaty of Indian Springs, and migrated west.
  • 1962 – The Macon, Georgia bus boycott began.
  • 1963 – Construction began on the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
  • 1971 – James Cash Penney of Hamilton, Missouri died at the age of 95. J.C. Penny closed for one-half day as a memorial to the company’s founder. 
  • 1999 – The U.S. Senate voted not to remove U.S. President Bill Clinton from office after his trial on charges raised in his impeachment.
  • 2002 – Kenneth Lay, former Enron CEO, exercised his constitutional rights and refused to testify to the U.S. Congress about the collapse of the Texas energy giant. 

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