21 December 1864
On this date in 1864...
Federal General W.T. Sherman’s federal troops occupied Savannah, Georgia after Confederates evacuated the city.
- 1759 - A peace conference convened between the Cherokee and British representatives in North Carolina.
- 1804 - Two treaties the Cherokee signed to give up over four million acres for almost $20,000 went to the Senate for approval.
- 1968 - Apollo 8 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a mission to orbit the moon.
- 1996 - After two years of denials, U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia admitted violating House ethics rules.
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