Today’s historical moments below combine to show some of the major influences on Georgia politics and governance since her founding, and how the same conflicts have played out across the world, from Northern Ireland to India, to stages of rock and roll shows.
On January 31, 1733, six boats carried Georgia’s first colonists to Trench’s Island, now called Hilton Head Island, where they spent the night before continuing on to land in Georgia at Yamacraw Bluff on February 1, 1733.
On January 30, 1788, the Georgia legislature passed a resolution calling for a state Constitutional Convention in Augusta to adopt a state Constitution that conformed to the new Constitution of the United States.
The United States Supreme Court held its first session in New York City, Chief Justice John Jay presiding, on February 1, 1790.
On February 1, 1861, Texas seceded from the Union.
On January 30, 1862, the United States launced its first ironclad warship, USS Monitor.
On January 31, 1865, Robert E. Lee began service as Commander-in-Chief of the Confederate armies.
On January 31, 1865, Congress passed the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery.
On February 1, 1871, Jefferson Franklin Long of Macon, Georgia became the first black Member of Congress to speak on the floor of the United States House of Representatives. Long was born into slavery and taught himself to read and write. Long was a prominent member of the Republican Party, speaking on its behalf in Georgia and other Southern states. He helped elect 37 African-American members to the 1867 Georgia Constitutional Convention and 32 members of the state legislature; Long continued after his term in Congress as a delegate to Republican National Conventions through 1880. In 1880, Long’s support of Governor Alfred Colquitt showed that African-Americans could be an electoral force in Georgia politics.
General William Tecumseh Sherman visited Kimball Opera House in Atlanta on January 31, 1879, which was then serving as State Capitol, fifteen years after burning the city.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York. In 1942, Roosevelt ordered Japanese-Americans on the west coast of the United States into concentration camps, leaving German and Italian Americans free.
On January 31, 1893, the trademark for “Coca-Cola” was filed.
On January 30, 1935, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. protested segregated elevators at the Fulton County Courthouse.
On January 30, 1948, Mohandas K. Gandhi was assassinated.
On January 30, 1956, six members of the Georgia State House of Representatives introduced House Bill 98 to replace the red and white stripes on Georgia’s flag (above) with a Confederate battle flag (below). That same day, a bomb was thrown at the Birmingham, AL home of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
On February 1, 1956, the new state flag bill was passed by the Georgia Senate.
On February 1, 1965, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived in Selma, Alabama, where he was arrested.
Richard M. Nixon announced his candidacy for President of the United States on Feburary 1, 1968.
January 30, 1972 is remembered as Bloody Sunday in commemoration of the shooting of 26 civilians by British troops in Northern Ireland.
On February 2, 1988, Georgia ratified the Twenty-Seventh Amendment, which prohibits Congressional raises (or hypothetical lowering of pay) from taking effect until the next term of office begins.
Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker was suspended on January 31, 2000 for remarks made to ESPN.
On January 30, 2001, the Georgia State Senate passed a house bill changing the state flag from the 1956 version to one that aggregated the State Seal and five former state flags, pictured below.
On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
Today is the deadline to be registered to vote in the March 1 Presidential Primary.
Senate Committee Meetings
12:00 PM RULES — UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
REGULATED IND. & UTIL.- CANCELED
1:00 PM AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER AFFAIRS 125 CAP
1:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Agric & Nat’l Res. Sub. MEZZ 1
1:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Judicial Sub. 341 CAP
2:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY – CANCELED 125 CAP
2:00 PM EDUCATION & YOUTH 307 CLOB
INSURANCE & LABOR – CANCELED
2:30 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Economic Development Sub. MEZZ
3:00 PM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 307 CLOB
3:00 PM HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES 450 CAP
4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ
4:00 PM ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & TOURISM 310 CLOB
4:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – HDBHDD Public Health Sub. 341 CAP
4:00 PM APPROPRIATIONS – Fiscal Mgmt Sub. MEZZ 1
On January 29, 1779, British forces captured Augusta, Georgia.
Walter F. George was born on January 29, 1878 in Preston, the county seat for Webster County, Georgia. Ron Daniels has a brief bio of the United States Senator who gave his name to a Law School, a courthouse, and a lake. The photo above is a bust in the town square of Vienna, Georgia, in Dooly County, where George made his home.
On January 29, 1892, the Coca Cola Company was incorporated in Georgia in Fulton County Superior Court.
On January 29, 1955, Georgia Governor Marvin Griffin signed legislation granting the power to take land needed for the Stone Mountain Park through condemnation if negotiations to buy it fell through.
On January 29, 1977, Congressman Andrew Young resigned his seat to accept the nomination by President Carter as United States Ambassador to the United Nations.
On January 29, 1998, a bomb exploded in a Birmingham, Alabama abortion clinic, killing a police officer. Eric Rudolph would later admit to setting that bomb, along with the Centennial Park bombing in 1996, and the bombing of a Sandy Springs abortion clinic and an Atlanta bar in 1997.
Join GeorgiaCares, Street Grace, and Wellspring Living in fighting against Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking at Lobby Day 2016 at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Register for free here.
The General Assembly will be in recess today and convene on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10 AM.
The Athens Banner-Herald notes that some Georgians have already cast ballots in the March 1 Presidential Preference Primary, in advance of Iowans going to
the polls shiver in freezing barns at caucuses.Continue Reading..
The Society of Humane Friends of Georgia runs the Jail Dog Program in conjunction with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office and SOHFGA pays for all expenses associated with the program.
The Sheriff and his staff provide the unit and supervision, screen and select inmates for the unit, and welcome potential adopters into the unit to visit or adopt dogs. SOHFGA provides all financial support for the program (no taxpayer dollars are spent), selects the dogs, handles the application and screening process for potential adopters, and supports the volunteer efforts by the trainers and others.
The following dogs are “recruits” who are available for adoption from the Society. Click here to donate online or for information on sending a check to support SOHFGA and the Jail Dogs program.
Onyx is an adult male Labrador Retriever mix who is available for adoption from the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia in Lawrenceville, GA. Onyx is full of energy and just wants to run and play.
Poor Bandit was paralyzed after his last heartworm treatment. He is a loving and sweet dog. He is fighting hard to walk again and we believe he will. Click here for more pictures and to read Bandit’s story.
Lady is a 4-year old female Dachshund and Terrier mix who is available for adoption from the Society of Humane Friends of Georgia in Lawrenceville, GA. Lady is really sweet and laid back and needs an adult-only home where she is the only dog.
On January 28, 1733, Georgia’s first colonists celebrated a day of thanksgiving for their safe arrival in Savannah and Chief Tomochichi’s granting them permission to settle on the Yamacraw Bluff.
On January 28, 1943, Governor Ellis Arnall signed a joint resolution of the Georgia House and Senate amending the Georgia Constitution to make the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia a constitutional board and reduce the power of the Governor over the Regents.
The movement to a constitutional board came after the loss of accreditation of all Georgia state higher education institutions for white people. The previous Governor, Eugene Talmadge, had engineered the firing of UGA’s Dean of the College of Education; after the Board of Regents initially refused to fire the Dean, Talmadge dismissed three members, and replaced them with new appointees who voted for the firing. Talmadge lost the 1942 election to Arnall.
On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after liftoff as many Americans watched on live television. President Ronald Reagan addressed the loss of seven astronauts.
Reagan had originally been scheduled to give his State of the Union that evening, but cancelled the speech. His address on the Challenger disaster was written by Peggy Noonan. The speech written by Noonan and delivered by Reagan is ranked as one of the top ten political speeches of the 20th Century.
Happy birthday today to Northwestern University (1851), Yale Daily News (1878), the first daily college newspaper in the country, the United States Coast Guard (1915), and the Lego brick, which was patented on January 28, 1958. Elvis Presley made his first appearance on television on January 28, 1956 on the Stage Show on CBS.
Senate Committee Meetings
12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
INSURANCE AND LABOR -CANCELLED 450 CAP
2:00 PM JUDICIARY 310 CLOB
JUDICIARY NON-CIVIL- CANCELLED 307 CLOB
3:00 PM TRANSPORTATION 125 CAP
4:00 PM BANKING AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 310 CLOB
Peachtree City, GA – Peachtree City Businessman Jim Pace announced today his candidacy for Georgia’s 3rd Congressional District to replace Congressman Lynn Westmoreland.
“After much prayer, discussion with my family, and encouragement from so many throughout our community, I am proud to announce my candidacy for Congress,” Pace said. “I didn’t come to the decision to run easily. I’m not running for a career in politics or because I need a title. I am running because I truly believe that together we can make a difference and can solve our nation’s problems. Our federal government is out of control, our national debt is quickly approaching $19 trillion and our nation is dire need for new leadership. We must return to the conservative economic principles and moral values that made our country the greatest country on Earth. We can’t expect different results in Congress from the same career politicians and out of touch bureaucrats who’ve have created this mess. I’ve spent my entire career managing businesses, building the economy and creating jobs. I want to take my private sector experience to Congress, so we can take back our country and put the power back in the hands of we the people of this great country.”
About Jim Pace
A successful businessman, Jim Pace has over 40 years of experience representing a diverse business background. In 1989, Jim confounded Group VI (6), one of Georgia’s leading family owned and operated full service real estate and construction firms. As CEO of Group VI, Jim is responsible for long-term planning, strategy, and growth of all related Group VI Companies. Jim has also successfully managed operating units at both Westinghouse House and Cooper Industries. His experience includes management positions in accounting, financial planning, operations, customer service, sales and marketing. Jim also remains active in the community having served on several boards including: Former Chairman of Young Life of Fayette County, Former Chairman of Fayette Family YMCA, Clayton State University School of Business Advisory Board, Landmark Christian School Advisory Board, BlueSky Global Ministries Board or Directors and Founding Member of Southside Church. At the age of 13 Jim became the youngest person in the state of Mississippi to earn the rank of Eagle Scout and in 2014 he was awarded the Golden Eagle award from the Flint River Council Boy Scouts of America for his public service to the community. After a visiting his daughter in Kenya, Africa where she operates summer camp and outdoor adventure center, Jim founded the mission Cows for Christ to purchase milk-producing cows for families and a large orphanage of children whose parents have died of AIDS. Jim earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mississippi College. Jim and his wife Mary have been
The Washington Wilkes animal shelter has a fundraiser this Saturday and if you can fit it in your publication we would appreciate it. The fundraiser is a dinner prepared by Joe Barnett. Joe won best in show at the Jekyll Island Shrimp and Grits festival in 2006 and followed that with People’s choice award for the next 3 years. He was featured on Bobby Flay’s Throwdown show. We are extremely pleased that he is donating his time and culinary skills to help out our shelter.
If you can’t help them with their local fundraiser, you can also donate online through their Facebook page or mail a check to:
Friends of Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter
358 Brown Road
Washington, GA 30673
Ebony is a middle-aged to senior female Black and Tan Coonhound who is available for adoption from Washington Wilkes Humane Animal Shelter in Washington, GA.
If I had my way and enough land for it, I’d love to have a pack of Hounds.
Partners for Pets is asking for help in providing animal shelter and food to some families who are unable to afford it. If you’re interested in helping and live in Atlanta, please email [email protected] or you may buy items online through their Amazon.com wishlist and they’ll be delivered directly.
The Augusta City Commission will consider the first major update to it’s animal control ordinance since the 1970s.
Animal Services Director Sharon Broady told commissioners she thought the ordinance subcommittee had addressed their concerns in the latest revision – by increasing the number of days an owner has to claim a pet from the shelter, reducing the registration fee for sterilized animals to $5 and restoring paid euthanasia services for owners who want a pet put down.
The subcommittee has repeatedly disagreed with some commissioners’ push to endorse a trap-neuter-release program for feral cat communities, Broady said, and did not include TNR in the revisions.
Commissioner Sean Frantom said the problem needed a new mindset to be fixed.
“Yes, we need to throw money at it, but more than that, it’s the brand,” Commissioner Sean Frantom said.
During a recent visit to Columbia County Animal Services, “I saw love; I saw customer service,” he said.
Broady said until people start spaying and neutering their pets, the shelter will continue to adopt out only four of each 24 it takes in.
On January 26, 1779, a group of Patriots held off British soldiers at the Battle of Burke County Jail, south of Augusta, GA. If you enjoy American History from the colonial and revolutionary period, check out Tara Ross on Facebook, where she posts daily notes about our nation’s history.
On January 27, 1785, a charter was approved by the Georgia legislature for the first publicly-supported state university in America.
On January 27, 1941, Delta Air Lines announced it would move its headquarters from Monroe, Louisiana to Atlanta, Georgia. It was an interesting case of public-money-fueled economic development.
In 1940, the city of Atlanta and Delta had signed an agreement whereby the city agreed to contribute $50,000 for construction of a new hanger and office building for Delta if it would move its headquarters to Atlanta. In turn, Delta agreed to pay the remaining construction costs and then assume a 20-year lease for the new facilities. On Jan. 16, 1941, Delta had secured a $500,000 loan from Atlanta’s Trust Company of Georgia, thus allowing it to make a public announcement of the move.
On January 27, 1965, the Shelby GT 350 was unveiled.
Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay” was released on January 27, 1965, seven weeks after his death.
Today is the 11th Legislative Day of the 2016 Session of the Georgia General Assembly.
Senate Committee Meetings
12:00 PM RULES UPON ADJOURNMENT 450 CAP
1:00 PM REGULATED INDUSTRIES AND UTILITIES 307 CLOB
1:00 PM PUBLIC SAFETY 125 CAP
1:00 PM EDUCATION AND YOUTH 310 CLOB
2:00 PM HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 450 CAP
2:00 PM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY – CANCELED 307 CLOB
3:00 PM HIGHER EDUCATION 406 CLOB
3:00 PM STATE INSTITUTIONS AND PROPERTY -CANCELED MEZZ 1
4:00 PM FINANCE MEZZ 1