March in Georgia History
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A number of significant historical events have occurred in Georgia during the month of March.
Hernando de Soto and his army reached the southern border of what is now Georgia.
The first group of Salzburgers, German-speaking Protestants who founded the town of Ebenezer, arrived in Savannah.
During the Revolutionary War, British warships seized rice-laden merchant ships in the Battle of the Rice Boats.
The royal government in Georgia was restored when, under the command of Archibald Campbell, the British won the Battle of Briar Creek.
The first prisoner arrived at the Georgia Penitentiary at Milledgeville.
The Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette, of France, visited Georgia.
Mexican forces executed more than 330 Georgia volunteers under the command of James Walker Fannin Jr. during the Texas Revolution.
Crawford Long performed in Jackson County the first surgical procedure using an anesthetic.
The largest sale of human beings in the history of the United States occurred when Pierce Mease Butler sold 429 slaves in Savannah.
During Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan murdered Republican organizer George Ashburn in Columbus, marking the group's first instance of organized terrorism.
Journalist Henry W. Grady published his influential editorial "The New South."
"Georgia Wonder" Annie Abbott gave her first performance.
Construction of the gold-domed state capitol building was completed.
Atlanta businessman George V. Gress donated the Cyclorama painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta to the city.
Emory University Hospital in Atlanta opened as Wesley Memorial Hospital.
Eighteen girls held the first Girl Scouts meeting at the home of Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah.
Pro-suffragewomen held their first rally in Atlanta.
WSB, the first commercial radio station in the South, began broadcasting on March 15, under the ownership of the Atlanta Journal. WGM, owned by rival paper the Atlanta Constitution, followed WSB onto the air one day later.
Riley Puckett, with fiddler Gid Tanner, became the first country music artist to record for the Columbia Phonograph Company.
Angelo Herndon's autobiography, Let Me Live, was published.
The "three governors controversy" came to an end when the Supreme Court of Georgia ruled that Melvin E. Thompson was the rightful governor.
James Brown's first single, "Please Please Please," was released.
Peachtree City, considered the most successful planned community in the nation, was incorporated.
Students from Atlanta's historically black colleges and universities organized a series of sit-ins around the city to protest segregation.
During the centennial of the Civil War, Atlanta hosted a "re-premiere" of the film Gone With the Wind (1939).
U.S. president John F. Kennedy announced that the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in Marietta had been awarded the contract to build the C-141 Starlifter. Seven years later, the company began production of the first C-5 Galaxy aircraft.
The first issue of Foxfire magazine, a project by students at the Rabun Gap–Nacoochee School, was released.
The first issue of the Great Speckled Bird, an underground newspaper in Atlanta, was published.
Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" topped the pop music charts nationwide.
The Allman Brothers Band debuted.
U.S. president Jimmy Carter participated in the first "Dial-a-President" radio broadcast.
Delta Air Lines offered its first transpacific service to Tokyo, Japan, from Portland, Oregon.
During a statewide referendum, Georgians voted for a new state flag design.
The USS Georgia, a renovated guided-missile submarine, arrived at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, becoming the only submarine to reside in the same state for which it is named.
March 6, 1745 Casimir Pulaski, Revolutionary War hero
March [25, 26], 1774 Thomas Spalding, antebellum planter
March 8, 1822 Richard Malcolm Johnston, writer
March 19, 1827 John Rollin Ridge, writer
March 27, 1827 William Louis Jones, science professor and journalist
March 28, 1834 Rufus Bullock, governor
March 3, 1836 Jefferson Franklin Long, politician
March 16, 1841 Henry Tift, business leader
March 21, 1856 Henry O. Flipper, first African American graduate from the
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
March 23,  Fiddlin' John Carson, musician
March 17, 1869 Corra Harris, writer
March 1, 1876 Ivan Allen Sr., Atlanta booster
March 12, 1888 Hall Johnson, musician
March 21, 1889 Mildred Seydell, writer
March 1, 1890 William B. Hartsfield, politician
March 17, 1890 Hattie Saussy, artist
March 3, 1891 Grace Lumpkin, writer
March 13, 1902 Jesse Jewell, business leader
March 17, 1902 Bobby Jones, golfer
March 20, 1907 Ellis Arnall, governor
March 15, 1911 Ivan Allen Jr., politician
March 11, 1913 Malcolm Bell Jr., historian
March 1, 1916 Paul Broun Sr., politician
March 15, 1916 Harry James, musician
March 14, 1918 Cecil Alexander, architect
March 14, 1921 Truett Cathy, business leader
March 10, 1924 Tom Murphy, politician
March 25, 1925 Flannery O'Connor, writer
March 26, 1925 James Moody, musician
March 11, 1926 Ralph Abernathy, civil rights figure
March 20, 1927 Leon Neel, ecologist
March 1, 1929 Dorothy Felton, politician
March 8, 1930 Millard Grimes, writer
March 12, 1932 Andrew Young, civil rights figure
March 3, 1936 Preston King, civil rights figure
March 20, 1937 Jerry Reed, musician
March 2, 1938 Tom Buck, politician
March 10, 1938 Norman Blake, musician
March 16, 1938 Emma Amos, artist
March 23, 1938 Maynard Jackson, politician
March 21, 1939 Martha Hudson, track and field Olympian
March 23, 1940 John Blassingame, historian
March 2, 1941 David Satcher, U.S. surgeon general
March 29, 1942 Scott Wilson, actor
March 29, 1945 Walt Frazier, basketball player
March 4, 1947 Pam Durban, writer
March 11, 1948 Roy Barnes, governor
March 20, 1958 Holly Hunter, actor
March 3, 1962 Herschel Walker, football player