June 27, 1785
1785 Suffering from a sudden illness or medical condition, Georgia founder James Edward Oglethorpe lay weak and bedridden at Cranham Hall, his Essex estate east of London. Whether due to disease or advanced age, the frail general had entered the final days of his last battle.
June 27, 1864
1864 General Sherman launched a morning frontal attack on Confederate forces at Kennesaw Mountain. In the two-pronged offensive, 8,000 Union soldiers charged Cheatham’s Hill (so-named after its defender, Confederate General Cheatham), while 5,500 more attack Confederates south of Kennesaw Mountain. Almost 2,200 Union soldiers were killed, wounded, or captured, while Confederate casualties amounted to less than 600. In the Union defeat, 30 officers were killed -- including Gen. Charles G. Harker. The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain continued at reduced levels of fighting until the evening of July 2, when both sides withdrew.
June 27, 1865
1865 To oversee Reconstruction, a new Military Department of Georgia under Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas was created within the Military Division of Tennessee.
June 27, 1963
1963 Georgia’s Brenda Lee signed a contract with Decca Records assuring her $1 million over the next 20 years.
June 27, 1984
1984 The U.S. Supreme Court in the case of NCAA v. Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma and University of Georgia Athletic Association ruled that that individual colleges and conferences are free to negotiate their own TV package deals. This ruling was the culmination of a lawsuit filed jointly by the University of Georgia and the University of Oklahoma on behalf of the new College Football Association, which was created to promote the interests of the major college football powers in the NCAA.