May 13, 1740
1740 Oglethorpe’s invasion force of Spanish Florida reached the St. Johns River, where they found Col. Vanderdusen and part of the Carolina regiment, as well as Lt. Col. Cook from St. Simons Island.
May 13, 1760
1760 In London, the Lords of Trade appointed James Wright Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. Wright would not arrive in the colony until October.
May 13, 1775
1775 Lyman Hall arrived in Philadelphia as the representative of Georgia’s St. John’s Parish to the Second Continental Congress.
May 13, 1798
1798 A convention meeting at Louisville adopted a new state constitution for Georgia -- the Constitution of 1798.
May 13, 1864
1864 At 5 a.m., Union troops left behind to take Mill Creek Gap through Rocky Face Ridge were unopposed as they marched through gap into Dalton. Finding the Confederate rear guard had just pulled out for Resaca, the Union troops set off in pursuit. Around 9 a.m., they caught up with the rear guard and engaged in a minor skirmish. Meanwhile to the south, the first fighting at Resaca was taking place as Union forces began testing the strength and location of Confederate defenses.
May 13, 1865
1865 Col. B.B. Eggleston, Union commander of Atlanta, issued an order directing owners or employers of blacks to provide them with proper passes, and further any black found without pass in the city limits of Atlanta would be arrested.
May 13, 1913
1913 Detectives investigating the murder of Mary Phagan were reported to be on the verge of making a new arrest -- one "which would throw an entirely new light upon the case." Meanwhile rumors were swirling about the notes found near the body of Mary Phagan. Samples of her handwriting had been collected, and handwriting experts brought in.
May 13, 1957
1957 The first commercial jet -- a French Caravelle -- landed at Atlanta’s airport. The jet flew in from Washington D.C.
May 13, 1998
1998 Atlanta Braves outfielder Ryan Klesko hit a home run in a 10-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals to tie the Major League team record of 25 consecutive games in which a home run was hit. Klesko’s homer also gave the Braves a new National League record for consecutive home run games.
May 13, 2005
2005 The Pentagon announced plans to close four Georgia military bases - Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Fort Gillem in Forest Park, the Naval Air Station in Marietta, and the Naval Suppy Corps School in Athens.