September 27, 1787
1787 After debating for two days on whether to censure members of the Constitutional Convention for going beyond their authority in creating a new form of government, the U.S. Congress set in motion the ratification process for the new U.S. Constitution. Congress ordered that copies of the document be sent to the states and directed each state legislature to call a convention to vote on ratification.
September 27, 1833
1833 Black politician Madison Davis was born in Athens, Georgia. Until the end of the Civil War, Davis was the slave of a local carriage maker. After the war, he was one of two Clarke County delegates to the convention that framed the Constitution of 1868. Also in 1868, Davis was elected to the General Assembly. Because of their light complexions, he and one other black representative were allowed to keep their seats when the legislature voted to expel black members. In 1870, Davis was reelected to the House. In later years, he served as U.S. customs surveyor in Atlanta and as Athens postmaster. Davis was also active in Republican Party politics.
September 27, 1871
1871 Former Confederate general James H. Clanton died in Knoxville, Tenn. [For biographical information on Clanton, who was born in Columbia County, Ga., see the Jan. 8 entry.]
September 27, 1883
Georgia cities and towns incorporated by acts approved on Sept. 27:
1883 Ball Ground (Cherokee County)
September 27, 1927
1927 - Frankin D. Roosevelt arrived in Warm Springs, Ga. for the ninth visit to what was becoming his "second home." He would stay for over two months on this visit.
September 27, 1930
1930 Bobby Jones won the U.S. Amateur championship at Philadelphia, thus becoming the first player ever to make the "Grand Slam" by winning all four major titles (the U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur, the British Open, and the British Amateur championship).
September 27, 1945
1945 The Atlanta Constitution published a story announcing that Marietta’s Bell Bomber plant would soon be declared surplus by the U.S. War Department and put up for sale or lease.
September 27, 1950
1950 Heavyweight champ Ezzard Charles knocked out Joe Louis in 15 rounds in New York City for the heavyweight boxing championship. Charles was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
September 27, 1996
1996 In his final game of the regular season, pitching great John Smoltz cemented his hold on the 1996 Cy Young Award. In winning his 24th game, he set a new Atlanta Braves record for regular season wins. Smoltz also extended his club strikeout record to 276.
September 27, 1998
1998 Playing at home on the final day of the regular season, the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 7-2 for their 106th win -- extending the franchise record set the previous day.
September 27, 2002
2002 Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz established a National League record with 54 saves in a victory over the New York Mets.
September 27, 2005
2005 The Atlanta Braves won their 14th consecutive National League division championship, establishing yet another new record for Major League Baseball.