July 24, 1775
1775 In Savannah, members of the Sons of Liberty seized loyalist John Hopkins from his house and publicly tarred and feathered and taken on cart through the streets of Savannah for three hours. Hopkins was not a government official but rather a local ship pilot. His offense the previous night was drinking to loyalist toast the Sons of Liberty found offensive. In addition to being tarred and feathered, Hopkins escaped hanging by drinking to the toast: "Damnation to all Tories and success to American liberty!"
July 24, 1778
1778 Georgia completed ratification of the Articles of Confederation. On Nov. 15, 1777, delegates to the Second Continental Congress had agreed to the Articles. Meeting on July 9, 1778, a number of delegates--acting with full authority to ratify on behalf of their respective states--ratified the Articles. However, for the Articles to go into effect, every state’s delegation had to approve. As the Revolutionary War was then under way, not all delegates were in attendance on July 9, and signing continued until March 1, 1781, when the last state ratified the Articles. Georgia’s John Walton was present on July 9, 1778, and signed the document then. Georgia’s other two delegates--Edward Telfair and Edward Langworthy--did not sign until July 24, 1778, which is the date most often used for Georgia’s ratification of the Articles. However, Georgia’s legislature appears to have unofficially ratified the Articles over a year earlier, as evidenced by a July 15, 1777 executive proclamation of Georgia Governor John Treutlen which refers to the Articles of Confederation as having already been "entered into, ratified, and confirmed by this State as a cement of union between the same and the other United and Independent States of America. . . ."
July 24, 1913
1913 A panel of 144 Fulton County men was selected, from which list the jury for the Leo Frank trial would be drawn.
July 24, 1919
1919 Georgia’s General Assembly rejected the 19th Amendment, which grants women the right to vote.
July 24, 1939
1939 NBA Hall of Fame center Walt Bellamy was born. He would play for several professional teams--including the Atlanta Hawks, and end his career with 20,941 total points. Also, with 14,241 rebounds, he was one of the top rebounders in NBA history. Before turning professional, Bellamy played on the U.S.’s 1960 gold-medal-winning Olympic basketball team. After his career in professional basketball, Bellamy chose to make Atlanta his home, and for a time he was sergeant-at-arms for the Georgia Senate.
July 24, 1962
1962 Collegiate and professional football place-kicking great Kevin Butler was born in Savannah, Georgia. He later had an outstanding career with the Georgia Bulldogs, where after each field goal the stadium scoreboard would flash "the Butler did it." In 1985, he was drafted in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears, where he played for eleven seasons. In 1996, he signed with the Arizona Cardinals.
July 24, 1996
1996 This was the sixth day of the 1996 Summer Olympics -- and day 5 of Olyimpic competition.
July 24, 1998
1998 Former University of Georgia running back Terrell Davis confirmed that he had just signed a nine-year contract with the NFL Denver Broncos totaling $56.1 million -- making him the highest paid running back in the National Football League at that time. Davis, a sixth-round draft choice of the Broncos in 1995, still had three years remaining on his earlier contract, but the Broncos had agreed to renegotiate if he had consecutive 1,500-yard seasons. Davis rushed for 1538 and 1,750 yards in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, followed by being named MVP of the 1998 Super Bowl.
July 24, 2000
2000 Zell Miller was appointed to the vacant U.S. Senate seat of Paul Coverdell (who had died July 18) by Georgia governor Roy Barnes, until an election could be held.