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October History in Georgia

October 1, 2015
The Georgia Capitol.

It’s that time of the year again! There’s a chill sneaking into the air, the days are getting shorter and you can order just about any kind of food in Pumpkin Spice flavor. What better time to learn some Georgia trivia to share with your friends around the bonfire? You’ll be the most impressively educated person holding a s’more, we guarantee it.

Throw on your coziest sweater and let’s hit some of the highlights of October history in Georgia!

1829 - Our state upped its health sciences game when Georgia Health Sciences University (now known as Georgia Regents University) opened its doors. On October 1, 1829, classes began at the Augusta city hospital with a faculty of 3 professors and 7 students. It’s safe to say that the class sizes have grown, you know, maybe just a little bit.

1918 - With World War I in progress, a new military base sprung up in town. Troops started arriving at the base located just outside of Columbus, Georgia and Fort Benning officially had its new home in the southern town.

1924 - A polio patient who had recently suffered a paralyzing attack from the illness made a trip to Warm Springs, Georgia and found the natural springs eased his pain. Who was this patient? None other than President Franklin D. Roosevelt. He went on to build a treatment center there for fellow polio victims, as well as a residence for himself and his wife that came to affectionately be known as “The Little White House.”

1973 - Georgia native Gladys Knight and the Pips released their single entitled “Midnight Train to Georgia” and that train chugged along its path all the way to the top of the pop charts. On June 9, 2015, the songstress was given her own Gladys Knight Appreciation Day in Fulton County, and her own highway! Part of State Route 9, running from Spring Street and West Peachtree Street from 14th Street to Peachtree Street, is now officially known as Gladys Knight Highway.

1995 - What could possibly taste better than some popcorn and a cold Coca-Cola at a Braves game? A World Series win, of course! 1995 proved to be the Braves’ year as they defeated the Cleveland Indians and became the first Georgian sports franchise to win a major world championship.

We’ve only hit a few of the highlights here, but you can find many more fun facts about Georgia’s October history with the New Georgia Encyclopedia. Happy October!

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Blogger for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.