Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy Birthday, Georgia!

Today is the anniversary of Georgia ratifying the US Constitution, becoming one of the original 13 Colonies that became The United States of America.
Date of Admittance: January 2, 1788
Parentage: The state was named after King George II of England by its founder, James Oglethorpe. 

Place in the Family 
Number 4
Georgia followed New Jersey (12-18-1787)
and preceded Connecticut (1-9-1788)

"Wisdom, Justice, Moderation"
Wow, this is a great one, who doesn't want to live in a world of ....wait, what?
"Empire State of the South"
Do I sense some rivalry with New York, "The Empire State"?

On the License Plate
Until recently it featured the phrase "Georgia on my mind.
Now it features just a Georgia peach and the outline of the state. 

State Flag
A blue field with the state seal in the upper left corner and two red and white stripes. 
Believe it or not, this is the eighth state flag that Georgia has had! 
This one was only changed in 2003.

First City You Probably Think of 
When You Think "Georgia" 
Actual State Capital:Atlanta

State Size (Area) is 24th of 50
Population is closer to 10th of 50
(per 2000 Census figures)

Georgia Sports:
NFL (Atlanta Falcons)

MLB (Atlanta Braves)


Anybody From Georgia
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
 Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter 
was elected 39th President in 1976. 
He has since been one of our 
more active Former Presidents. 

Musical Georgians
Johnny Mercer
song-writer, "Hooray for Hollywood," 
"Moon River," "That Old Black Magic" 

Little Richard
"Good Golly Miss Molly"

Ray Charles
"Hit The Road, Jack"

Brenda Lee
"I'm Sorry"

Otis Redding
"Sitting On the Dock Of The Bay"

Jerry Reed
"East Bound and Down"

The B-52s
"Love Shack"

"Losing My Religion"

Alan Jackson
"Five O'Clock Somewhere"

Amy Grant
"Baby Baby"

Trisha Yearwood
"How Do I Live?"

Jason Aldean 
"Don't You Want To Stay?"

Luke Bryan
"All My Friends Say"

Cee Lo Green
"F(orget) You"

Zac Brown Band
"Colder Weather"

Historically Famous Georgians
 John "Doc" Holliday
participant at OK Corral shoot-out

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
national conscience during Civil Rights Movement

Clarence Thomas
Supreme Court Justice

Literary Georgians
Margaret Mitchell

Carson McCullers

Alice Walker

Louise Simonson
writer, editor

Celebrities From Georgia

Ty Cobb
Hall of Fame Baseball Player 

Oliver Hardy
comedian, actor

Joanne Woodward 
Academy Award-winning actress

Pernell Roberts
actor, "Bonanza," "Trapper John MD"

Ossie Davis
actor, activist

DeForest Kelley
actor, "Star Trek"

Walt Frazier
Hall of Fame Basketball Player

Holly Hunter
Academy Award-winning actress

Kim Basinger
Academy Award-winning actress

Julia Roberts 
Academy Award-winning actress

Spike Lee
director, "Malcolm X," "Do the Right Thing"  

Steven Soderbergh
Academy Award-winning director

Laurence Fishburne
actor, "The Matrix"

Jeff Foxworthy 
comedian, actor

Ed Helms 
actor, "The Office," "The Hangover"

Josh Holloway
actor, "LOST"

Paula Deen
TV Cooking Personality

Ryan Seacrest
"American Idol"  

Ty Pennington
"Extreme Home Makeover"

Fictional Georgians
Scarlett O'Hara
Gone With The Wind

lives in the Okefenokee Swamp

"Squeal like a pig!"

"Driving Miss Daisy"
Academy Award & Pulitzer Prize winning story

The Dukes Of Hazzard
from Hazzard County 

A Song For You.... 
"Georgia On My Mind" 
sung by Ray Charles
written by Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell  
(there are plenty of Georgia songs to choose from, 
but this 1960 hit by Georgia-native Ray
Charles became the State Song in 1979)

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