February 5, 1736
1736 After having sailed from England on Dec. 10, 1735, James Oglethorpe, John and Charles Wesley, and 254 new Georgia colonists -- including a number of Moravians and Salzburgers -- arrived at Savannah. While John Wesley would stay behind to minister to the Savannah colonists, the others would sail south to St. Simons Island to begin the Frederica settlement.
February 5, 1777
1777 Meeting in Savannah, delegates to a constitutional convention adopted the Constitution of 1777 -- Georgia’s first official state constitution. [Although some historians consider the Rules and Regulations adopted by Georgia’s Provincial Congress on April 15, 1776, as Georgia’s first constitution, that document was adopted before Georgia proclaimed its statehood on July 4, 1776.]
February 5, 1943
1943 Gov. Ellis Arnall signed a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment to transfer the governor’s clemency powers to a new State Board of Pardons and Paroles. This was one of a series of constitutional amendments proposed by Arnall to reduce the powers of the governor following the administrations of Eugene Talmadge. In the subsequent general election, Georgia voters approved the amendment.
February 5, 1945
1945 Gov. Ellis Arnall signed legislation abolishing the poll tax, making Georgia the fourth southern state to drop the tax on voting.