Wednesday, January 27, 2010

UGA Founders' Day Tidbits

225 years ago the University of Georgia was founded on this date (January 27, 1785). This founding makes UGA the oldest public state-chartered school in America.

Other notable events from 1785:

-July, The dollar is unanimously chosen as the money unit for the United States (the first time a nation has adopted a decimal coinage system).

-"An Account of the Foxglove" by Shropshire physician William Withering, 44, introduces medical use of the cardiac drug digitalis. Obtained from dried leaves of the foxglove plant Digitalis purpurea, it is frequently toxic but is nevertheless the first effective treatment for heart disease.

-Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries travel from Dover, England, to Calais, France, in a gas balloon, becoming the first to cross the English Channel by air.

-The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the United States of America and the Cherokee Nation.

-Continental Congress convenes in New York City

-Click HERE for a great article from Online Athens about UGA Founders Day.

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