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 The Etowa Indian Mounds was a ceremonial center for thousands of American Indians. http://www.gastateparks.org
 (WSJ, 7/9/99, p.W2)
Stone Mountain was carved with depictions of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis.
 (SFC,11/28/97, p.B6)

77 Million BP    In 2005 it was reported that paleontologists had identified a new dinosaur species, an early relative of Tyrannosaurus rex that roamed what is now the Southeastern US about this time. The scientists made the identification from hundreds of fossilized fragments collected mostly in Montgomery County, Ala., and southwestern Georgia. They named the new dinosaur Appalachiosaurus montgomeriensis, which means "the Appalachian lizard from Montgomery County." The 25-foot-long creature roamed the earth 10 million years before T. rex and was smaller and more primitive, with a narrower snout.
    (AP, 4/16/05)

1540        Mar 9, Hernando de Soto reached southern Georgia. He found the Indians there raising tame turkeys, caged opossums, corn, beans, pumpkins, cucumbers and plums.
    (ON, 4/01, p.5)(www.floridahistory.com/inset7.html)

1541        May 8, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovered and crossed the Mississippi River, which he called Rio de Espiritu Santo. He encountered the Cherokee Indians, who numbered about 25,000 and inhabited the area from the Ohio River to the north to the Chattahoochee in present day Georgia, and from the valley of the Tennessee east across the Great Smoky Mountains to the Piedmont of the Carolinas.
    (NG, 5/95, p.78)(AP, 5/8/97)(HN, 5/8/99)

1606        Dona Maria, a Timucuan Indian woman, inherited the position of chief of San Pedro de Mocama on Cumberland Island, Georgia. She had been chief of Nombre de Dios, a Spanish Franciscan mission town in Florida.
    (AM, 7/01, p.22)

1696        Dec 22, James Oglethorpe, General, author, colonizer of Georgia, was born in England.
    (MC, 12/22/01)

1732        Jun 9, Royal charter for Georgia was granted to James Oglethorpe.
    (MC, 6/9/02)

1733        Feb 12, English colonists led by James Oglethorpe founded Savannah, Ga. Gen. James Edward Oglethorpe sailed up the Savannah River with 144 English men, women and children and in the name of King George II chartered the Georgia Crown Colony. He created the town of Savannah, to establish an ideal colony where silk and wine would be produced, based on a grid of streets around six large squares.
    (SFC, 6/25/95, p.T-7)(SFEC,11/30/97, p.T4)(AP, 2/12/98)

1742        Jul 7, A Spanish force invading Georgia ran headlong into the colony's British defenders. A handful of British and Spanish colonial troops faced each other on a Georgia coastal island and decided the fate of a colony.
    (HN, 5/3/98)(HN, 7/7/99)

1742        General James Edward Oglethorpe led a victory over the Spanish at Bloody Marsh on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia.
    (SFC, 4/28/96, p.T-7)

1743        Gen’l. James Oglethorpe of England departed Georgia following some small scandal.
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T4)

1749        Oct 26, The Georgia Colony reversed itself and ruled slavery to be legal.
    (MC, 10/26/01)

1763        A Crown grant was made to Henry Laurens of Georgia, who later succeeded John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress in 1777. Laurens obtained control of the South Altamaha river lands and named it New Hope Plantation.
    (AP, 8/30/09)

1778        Dec 29, British troops, attempting a new strategy to defeat the colonials in America, captured Savannah, the capital of Georgia.
    (HN, 12/29/98)

1779        Feb 10, A shootout at Carr's Fort in Georgia turned back men sent to Wilkes County to recruit colonists loyal to the British army. In 2012 archeologists located the site.
    (AP, 5/6/13)

1779        Feb 14, American Loyalists were defeated by Patriots at Kettle Creek, Ga.
    (HN, 2/14/98)

1779        Oct 11, Polish nobleman General Casimir Pulaski was killed while fighting for American independence during the Revolutionary War Battle of Savannah, Ga. Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski had come to America in 1777. In 2005 an attempt to confirm his remains using DNA was inconclusive.
    (AP, 10/11/97)(AH, 10/04, p.15)(AP, 6/24/05)

1785        The University of Georgia was the first state university chartered, in 1785, but was not established until 1801. The University of North Carolina was chartered in 1789 and was the first state university in the U.S. to begin instruction, in 1795.
    (HNQ, 12/3/01)

1786        Jun 19, Gen. Nathanael Greene died of sunstroke at his Georgia plantation. In 1960 Theodore Thayer authored “Nathanael Greene, Strategist of the American Revolution." In 1973 William Johnson authored “Life and Correspondence of Nathanael Greene."
    (ON, 12/01, p.12)

1788        Jan 2, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AP, 1/2/98)

1788        Jan 20, The pioneer African Baptist church was organized in Savannah, Ga.
    (MC, 1/20/02)

1801        Mar 3, 1st US Jewish Governor, David Emanuel, took office in Georgia.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1812        Feb 11, Alexander Hamilton Stephens (d.1883), Vice Pres (Confederacy), was born near Crawfordville, Georgia. Stephens, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1843 to 1859, was a delegate at the Montgomery meeting that formed a new union of the seceded states. He was elected vice president to Jefferson Davis on February 9, 1861. Stephens was later elected governor of Georgia in 1882 but died after serving just a few months.
    (HNQ, 5/24/98)(MC, 2/11/02)

1817        Dec 16, The Georgia legislature enacted laws that defined the common boundary with Tennessee and created a boundary commission to jointly survey and mark the state border.

1818        Jun 1, Mathematician James Camak demarcated the border between Georgia and Tennessee. Due to a faulty sextant and bad astronomical charts he drew the line a mile south of the intended boundary, the 35th parallel.
    (Econ, 3/15/08, p.42)(www.profsurv.com/archive.php?article=1215&issue=86)

1819        May 26, The first steam-propelled vessel to attempt a trans-Atlantic crossing, the Savannah, departed from Savannah, Ga., May 26 and arrived in Liverpool, England, Jun 20.
    (AP, 5/22/97)

1819        Jun 20, The paddle-wheel steamship Savannah arrives in Liverpool, England, after a voyage of 27 days and 11 hours--the first steamship to successfully cross the Atlantic.
    (HN, 6/20/01)

1819        In Savannah Chatham Artillery Punch was served to Pres. James Monroe. It was a concoction of Catawba, rum, gin, brandy, rye whiskey, strong tea, brown sugar, Benedictine, juices of oranges and lemons, Maraschino cherries and champagne.
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T4)

1823        Dec 19, Georgia passed the 1st US state birth registration law.
    (MC, 12/19/01)

1825        Feb 12, Creek Indian treaty signed. Tribal chiefs agreed to turn over all their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept 1, 1826.
    (MC, 2/12/02)

1828        Gold was discovered in the US state of Georgia. The local gold rush began in earnest in 1829. By 1838, Georgia was producing so much gold that the Dahlonega Mint began operation.

1831-1892    The  16 1/2 mile Savannah-Ogeechee Canal was built by slaves and Irish workers to transport cotton and timber between the 2 rivers. Plans for restoration of the canal were made in 1998.
    (SFEC, 8/23/98, p.T3)

1835        Dec 30, Cherokees were forced to move across the Mississippi River after gold was discovered in Georgia. A minority faction of Cherokee agreed to the emigration of the whole tribe from their lands by signing the Treaty of New Echota. The Treaty of New Echota resulted in the cession of all Cherokee land to the U.S. and provided for the transportation of the Cherokee Indians to land beyond the Mississippi. The removal of the Cherokee was completed by 1838.
    (NG, 5/95, p.86)(HNQ, 6/21/98)(MC, 12/30/01)

1840        The US state of Georgia by this time had over 280,000 slaves with many working as field hands. By the start of  Civil War slaves made up over 40% of the state’s population.
    (SFC, 1/4/11, p.E2)

1842        Sidney Lanier (d.1881), poet, was born in Macon.
    (WSJ, 3/13/00, p.A24)

1845        May 8 - 1845 May 12, The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) was founded. The SBC became a separate denomination in Augusta, Georgia, following a regional split with northern Baptists over the issues of slavery.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.36)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Baptist_Convention)

1845        Dec 27, Ether was 1st used in childbirth in US at Jefferson, Ga.
    (MC, 12/27/01)

1848        Dec 21, William Craft and his wife Ellen, slaves to separate masters, escaped under disguise from Macon, Georgia, and made there way to Philadelphia. In 1860 Craft authored “Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom."
    (ON, 10/04, p.10)

1848        The Andrew Low House was built on Abercorn St. of stuccoed brick, elaborate iron-caste railings and shuttered piazzas.
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T5)

1851        Aug 14, Doc Holliday was born in Griffin, GA.

1857        Nov 9, Atlantic Monthly magazine was 1st published.
    (MC, 11/9/01)

1860         Nov, Abraham Lincoln won the US presidential elections with a majority of the electoral votes in a 4-way race. Following his election South Carolina seceded from the Union followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
    (WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)

1861        Jan 3, US Ft. Pulaski & Ft. Jackson, Savannah, were seized by Georgia.
    (MC, 1/3/02)

1861        Jan 19, Georgia became the 5th state to secede from the Union.
    (AP, 1/19/98)(HN, 1/19/99)

1861        Feb 4, Delegates from six southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America. They included Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. They elected Jefferson Davis as president of Confederacy.
    (AP, 2/4/97)(ON, 11/00, p.1)

1862        Apr 10, Union forces began the bombardment of Fort Pulaski in Georgia along the Tybee River.
    (HN, 4/10/99)

1862        Apr 11, Rebels surrendered Ft Pulaski, Georgia.
    (MC, 4/11/02)

1862        Apr 12, Union volunteers from Ohio, led by Lt. James J. Andrews, stole a Confederate train near Marietta, Ga. They were caught 89 miles up the track. 8 of the 24 raiders were hanged that summer. 8 others escaped and made their way north. The episode inspired Buster Keaton’s 1927 comedy "The General." In 1956 Disney retold the story in “The Great Locomotive Chase" with Fess Parker. In 2006 Russell S. Bonds authored “Stealing the General."
    (AP, 4/12/00)(WSJ, 11/10/06, p.W4)(ON, 8/08, p.10)
1862        Apr 12, Union troops occupied Fort Pulaski, Georgia.
    (MC, 4/12/02)

1862        Jun 7, James J. Andrews (b.1829), civilian Union spy, was hanged in Atlanta for leading the April 12 Union raid in Georgia that stole the locomotive “General" in an effort to disrupt Confederate transport. On June 18 seven other Union men were hanged for the raid.

1862        Jul 20-Sep 20, A guerrilla campaign in GA (Porter's & Poindexter's) left US 580 and CS 2,866 casualties.
    (MC, 7/20/02)

1862-1864    The C.S. Arsenal at Findlay Iron Works in Macon manufactured about 80 1,500-pound bronze canon.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A6)

1863        Feb 28, Four Union gunboats destroyed the CSS Nashville near Fort McAllister, Ga. Popular during the Crimean War, the floating battery was revived by hard-pressed Confederates because the popular gunboats were not capable of doing the things that the batteries could do.
    (HN, 2/28/98)

1863        Mar 3, Federal ironclad ships bombed Fort McAllister, Georgia.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

1863        Aug 16, Chickamauga campaign took place in GA. Union General William S. Rosecrans moved his army south from Tullahoma, Tennessee to attack Confederate forces in Chattanooga.
    (HN, 8/16/99)(MC, 8/16/02)

1863        Sep 9, The Union Army of the Cumberland passed through Chattanooga as they chased after the retreating Confederates.
    (HN, 9/9/98)

1863        Sep 18, Union cavalry troops clashed with a group of Confederates at Chickamauga Creek.
    (HN, 9/18/99)

1863        Sep 19, In Georgia, the two-day Battle of Chickamauga began as Union troops under George Thomas clashed with Confederates under Nathan Bedford Forrest.
    (HN, 9/19/98)

1863        Sep 20, Union troops under George Thomas prevented the Union defeat at Chickamauga from becoming a rout, earning him the nickname “the Rock of Chickamauga." Thomas stayed and fought even after his commander, William Rosecrans, retreated to Chattanooga. President Abraham Lincoln later appointed Thomas as Rosecrans‘ successor. Armed with their new, lethal seven-shot Spencer rifles, Wilder’s Lightning Brigade was all that stood between the Union Army and the looming disaster at Chickamauga Creek. The bloody battle of Chickamauga was the costliest two-day battle of the entire war.
    (HN, 9/20/98)(HN, 11/4/98)(HNQ, 9/29/00)

1864        Feb 22-27, Battle at Dalton, Georgia.
    (MC, 2/22/02)

1864        Feb 24-25, Battle of Tunnel Hill, GA (Buzzard's Roost).
    (MC, 2/24/02)

1864        Feb 27, The 6th and last day of battle at Dalton, Georgia, (about 600 casualties).
    (MC, 2/27/02)
1864        Feb 27, The first Union prisoners arrived at Camp Sumter prison near Andersonville, Georgia. It was designed for 6,000 prisoners but by summer’s end held 33,000. After enduring the hardship of being held in the South's Andersonville and Cahaba prison camps, A terrible disaster befell hundreds of Union soldiers who were being shipped home on the steamer Sultana at the end of the Civil War. The setting was made into a film for TV by John Frankheimer in 1996 based on an original script by David Rintels. Of the 45,000 Union prisoners of war that were brought to Andersonville, 29% i.e. 12,914, died there. In 1971 it became a National Park Service site.
    (WSJ, 2/26/96, p.A-10)(SFC, 4/28/96, p.T-10)(HN, 2/27/98)(AH, 10/02, p.20)

1864        Apr 17, There was a bread revolt in Savannah, Georgia.
    (MC, 4/17/02)

1864        May 1, Atlanta campaign, GA.
    (MC, 5/1/02)

1864        May 5, Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting began at Rocky Face Ridge.
    (MC, 5/5/02)

1864        May 6, General Sherman began to advance on Atlanta.
    (MC, 5/6/02)

1864        May 8, The Atlanta Campaign saw severe fighting at Rocky Face Ridge.
    (HN, 5/8/98)

1864        May 9, Battle of Dalton, GA.
    (MC, 5/9/02)

1864        May 13, Battle of Resaca commenced as Union General Sherman fought towards Atlanta.
    (SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(HN, 5/13/98)

1864        May 16, In the Atlanta Campaign, the battle of Resaca, begun May 13, ended.
    (MC, 5/16/02)

1864        May 17, The Battle of Adairsville, Georgia, resulted in a Confederate retreat.
    (HN, 5/17/98)

1864        May 25, Battle of New Hope Church, Ga. Joseph E. Johnston tried to halt Sherman’s advance on Atlanta at the Hell Hole.
    (SC, 5/25/02)(AM, 11/04, p.28)

1864        Jun 4, With Gen. Sherman again flanking them, Confederates under General Joseph Johnston retreated to the mountains before Marietta, Georgia.
    (HN, 6/4/98)

1864        Jun 9, Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, GA (Pine Mt, Pine Knob, Golgotha).
    (MC, 6/9/02)
1864        Jun 14, At the Battle of Pine Mountain, Georgia, Confederate General Leonidas Polk was killed by a Union shell.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1864        Jun 17, General John B. Hood replaced General Johnston as head of CSA troops around Atlanta.
    (MC, 6/17/02)

1864        Jun 19, Skirmish at Pine Knob, Georgia.
    (DTnet, 6/19/97)

1864        Jun 27, General Sherman was repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in the Atlanta Campaign.
    (HN, 6/27/98)(SC, 6/27/02)

1864        Jul 3, Battle of Chattahoochee River, GA, began and lasted until Jul 9.
    (MC, 7/3/02)

1864        Jul 4-9, Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia.
    (MC, 7/4/02)

1864        Jul 6, Battle of Chattahoochee River, GA.
    (MC, 7/6/02)

1864        Jul 8, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston retreated into Atlanta to prevent being flanked by Union General William T. Sherman.
    (HN, 7/8/98)

1864        Jul 17, Confederate President Jefferson Davis replaced General Joseph E. Johnston with General John Bell Hood in hopes of defeating Union General William T. Sherman outside Atlanta.
    (HN, 7/17/98)

1864        Jul 20, Confederate General John Bell Hood attacked Union forces under General William T. Sherman outside Atlanta. Gen. Hood lashed out against the Union right wing north of the city. Repulsed but undaunted, Hood turned to strike the Federal left wing, Major General James B. McPherson’s Army of the Tennessee, east of Atlanta. He deployed Major General Benjamin F. Chatham’s corps northeast of the city and sent Lieutenant General William J. Hardee's corps around McPherson’s left flank with orders to crush the Army of the Tennessee on the morning of July 22. Both corps were then to assail the rest of Sherman’s host. Battle of Peachtree Creek was part of the Atlanta Campaign.
    (HN, 7/20/98)(HNQ, 7/19/01)(MC, 7/20/02)

1864        Jul 18, Confederate Brig. Gen. John Bell Hood (33), commanding a corps under Gen. Johnston, was promoted to the temporary rank of full general, and given command of the Army of Tennessee just outside the gates of Atlanta.

1864        Jul 22, The Battle of Atlanta reached its peak when Confederate General John Bell Hood launched an all-out attack on Union General William T. Sherman's Army. Union General James McPherson was killed repulsing a Confederate attack. The Federal officer who sent his men naked against the enemy was Colonel James P. Brownlow of the 1st (Union) Tennessee Cavalry. Confederate casualties numbered 8449, 3641 US. In the mid-1880s a team of German artists in Milwaukee made a cyclorama of the battle to celebrate northern heroism. The six-ton work was then displayed in the south with its meaning reversed and uniforms recolored before being donated to the city of Atlanta. In 2017 it was leased from the city, restored and displayed in a bespoke rotunda with explanations of its past and the battle.
    (HN, 7/22/98)(Econ, 4/29/17, p.22)

1864        Jul 26, Battle at Ezra Chapel (Church), Georgia [Hood's Third Sortie].
    (MC, 7/26/02)
1864        Jul 26-31, Riots took place at McCook's to Lovejoy Station, and Stoneman's to Macon, Georgia.
    (MC, 7/26/02)

1864        Jul 28, Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Ezra Church.
    (SC, 7/28/02)

1864        Jul 29, Battle of Macon, GA (Stoneman's Raid).
    (MC, 7/29/02)

1864        Aug 10, Confederate Commander John Bell Hood sent his cavalry north of Atlanta to cut off Union General William Sherman's supply lines.
    (HN, 8/10/98)

1864        Aug 14-16, Confederate General Joe Wheeler besieged Dalton, Georgia.
    (MC, 8/14/02)

1864        Aug 18, Union General William T. Sherman sent General Judson Kilpatrick to raid Confederate lines of communication outside Atlanta. The raid was unsuccessful. Union General William Sherman considered Judson Kilpatrick, his cavalry chief, 'a hell of a damn fool.'
    (HN, 8/18/98)

1864        Aug 31, Atlanta Campaign-Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties.
    (MC, 8/31/01)

1864        Sep 1, Confederate forces under General John Bell Hood evacuated Atlanta in anticipation of the arrival of Union General William T. Sherman's troops.
    (HN, 9/1/99)
1864        Sep 1, 2nd day of battle at Jonesboro, Georgia, left some 3,000 casualties.
    (MC, 9/1/02)

1864        Sep 2, During the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman's forces occupied Atlanta.
    (AP, 9/2/97)

1864        Sep 11, A 10-day truce was declared between generals Sherman and Hood so civilians could leave Atlanta, Georgia.
    (HN, 9/11/98)

1864        Sep 28, Union General William Rosecrans blamed his defeat at Chickamauga on two of his subordinate generals. They were later exonerated by a court of inquiry.
    (HN, 9/28/98)

1864        Oct, Georgia’s Camp Lawton opened to replace the Andersonville Confederate prison. The new Confederate camp lasted barely 6 weeks before Sherman’s army arrived and burned it. In 2010 A Georgia Southern Univ. graduate student found the site and associated artifacts.
    (SFC, 8/19/10, p.A8)

1864            Nov 10, Kingston, Ga., was burned as the first act of Sherman's March to Sea. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman had made the city his headquarters as he planned to lay waste the south over the next six weeks.

1864            Nov 11, Sherman's troops destroyed Rome, Georgia. Gen. Sherman (1820-1891) ordered Gen. John Murray Corse’s (1835-1893) troops to destroy Rome, Georgia, and “everything that could be useful to an enemy."

1864        Nov 15, Union Major General William T. Sherman’s troops set fires that destroyed much of Atlanta.
    (HN, 11/15/98)

1864        Nov 16, Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops departed Atlanta and began their "March to the Sea" during the Civil War.
    (AP, 11/1697)(HN, 11/16/98)

1864        Nov 21-22, Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia.
    (MC, 11/21/01)

1864        Nov 22, Battle at Griswoldville, Georgia, ended after 650 casualties.
    (MC, 11/22/01)

1864        Nov 23-25, The Battle at Ball's Ferry, Georgia, left 30 casualties.
    (MC, 11/23/01)

1864        Nov 25, Confederates retreated at Sandersville, Georgia.
    (MC, 11/25/01)

1864        Nov 26, Skirmish at Sylvan Brutal and Waynesboro, Georgia.
    (MC, 11/26/01)

1864        Nov 27, 2nd day of Battles at Waynesboro, Georgia.
    (MC, 11/27/01)

1864        Nov 28, 3rd day of Battles at Waynesboro and Jones's Plantation, Georgia.
    (MC, 11/28/01)

1864        Nov 29, 4th and last day of skirmishes took place at Waynesboro, Georgia.
    (MC, 11/29/01)

1864        Dec 1, Skirmish at Millen Brutal, Georgia.
    (MC, 12/1/01)

1864        Dec 2, Skirmish at Rocky Creek Church, Georgia.
    (MC, 12/2/01)

1864        Dec 4, Battle of Waynesborough (Brier Creek) Ga.
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1864        Dec 10, General Sherman's armies reached Savannah and a 12 day siege began.
    (MC, 12/10/01)

1864        Dec 13, Battle of Ft. McAllister, Ga.
    (MC, 12/13/01)

1864        Dec 20, Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, Ga., as Union Gen. William T. Sherman continued his "March to the Sea."
    (AP, 12/20/97)

1864        Dec 22, During the Civil War, Gen’l. Sherman telegraphed Pres. Lincoln from Georgia, saying: "I beg to present to you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah with 150 guns and plenty of ammunition." In 2008 Noah Andre Trudeau authored “Southern Storm: Sherman’s March to the Sea."   
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T4)(AP, 12/22/97)(WSJ, 8/4/08, p.A11)

1864        During the Battle of Dunlap Hill a Union cannonball lodged into the side of a house in Macon that later became known as the Cannonball House and Museum.
    (SFC, 5/30/00, p.A6)

1865        Jan 16, General Sherman began a march through the Carolinas. Sherman issued an order that set aside land in Georgia and South Carolina for freed slaves.
    (HN, 1/16/99)(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A6)

1865        Feb, Major General William Tecumseh Sherman had made a swift and steady advance through Georgia and South Carolina, and by late February 1865, his army was approaching Charlotte, North Carolina.
    (HN, 2/8/98)

1865        Mar 22, Raid at Wilson's: Chickasaw, AL, to Macon, GA.
    (MC, 3/22/02)

1865        Apr 13, Union forces under Gen. Sherman began their devastating march through Georgia. Overconfident and overextended, the Union Army of the Cumberland advanced into the deep woods of northwest Georgia.
    (HN, 4/13/98)

1865        May 10, Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops in Irwinville, Georgia.
    (HN, 5/10/98)(AP, 5/10/08)

1865        May, The Confederate prison at Camp Sumter, Georgia, was shut down, but stories about it sparked outrage in the North.
    (AH, 10/02, p.71)

1865        Aug, A national military cemetery was dedicated at Andersonville, Georgia, by Clara Barton and the Red Cross for the 13,000 men who died at Camp Sumter. Dorance Atwater (d.1912), a Union soldier, had secretly copied the roll of Union dead at the prison. After the war Atwater was appointed Consul at Papeete, Tahiti. He died in San Francisco in 1910.
    (AHHT, 10/02, p.22)(http://petticoatsandpistols.com/category/civil-war/page/2/)

1865        Oct 25, The S.S. Republic was carrying 59 passengers and 20,000 $20 gold coins from New York to New Orleans when it sank in a hurricane off Savannah, Ga. All the passengers boarded life boats and got off alive. In 2003 Odyssey Marine Exploration found the ship. The company recovered some 52,000 silver and gold coins.
    (AP, 8/17/03)(AP, 11/29/03)(SFC, 6/11/12, p.E2)

1865            Nov 10, Captain Henry Wirz (b.1822), commandment of Camp Sumter, Ga., (known as “Andersonville" by the North) was hanged outside Washington, D.C., after being found guilty of war crimes.
    (www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USACWwirz.htm)(AHHT, 10/02, p.22)

1866        Apr 2, Pres. ended war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Ten & Va.
    (MC, 4/2/02)

1868        Jun 25, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were re-admitted to the Union.
    (AP, 6/25/97)

1870        Jul 15, Georgia became the last of the Confederate states to be readmitted to the Union.
    (AP, 7/15/97)

1872        A brick lighthouse was erected on St. Simons Island off the US coast of Georgia. The island is one of 4 barrier islands called the Golden Isles.
    (SSFC, 2/11/07, p.G7)

1875        Amos G. Rhodes opened his first retail furniture store in Atlanta, Ga. The company expanded to 80 stores in 13 states, but went bankrupt in 2005.
    (SFC, 9/19/06, p.G3)

1876        The state capital was moved from Milledgeville, originally designed to be the state capital, to Atlanta.
    (SFEC, 7/16/00, Z1 p.2)

1881        Aug 13, The first African-American nursing school opened at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (HN, 8/13/98)

1882        Alexander Hamilton Stephens was elected governor of Georgia but died after serving just a few months.
    (HNQ, 5/24/98)

1885        Nov, Atlanta, Georgia, voted to become a dry city effective July, 1886.

1885         "Pemberton’s French Wine Coca" made its premier In Dr. Jacob's pharmacy in Atlanta. John Stith Pemberton refined the wine-based drink and Coca-Cola, the future symbol of "the American way of life," made its debut in 1886.
    (AP, 5/3/03)(http://cocaine.org/coca-cola/)

1886        Mar 29, Coca-Cola was advertised for the first time in the Atlanta Daily. Its inventor, Dr. John Pemberton, claimed it could cure anything from hysteria to the common cold. John Stith (Doc) Pemberton, pharmacist, concocted a bath of a dark, sugary syrup meant to be mixed with carbonated water and sold at the city’s soda fountains. This was the beginning of Coca Cola, which then contained enough cocaine to give the a drinker a buzz and more caffeine than the drink contains today. Sales at the soda fountain of Jacob‘s Pharmacy averaged 9 drinks a day in the first year. The story is told by Frederick Allen in his book “Secret Formula." The drink was named by Frank Robinson and he created its signature script logo. [see May 8]

1886        May 8, Atlanta pharmacist John Stith Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola, which contained cocaine. The name for the soft drink came from his bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. Sales of Coca-Cola at the soda fountain of Jacob‘s Pharmacy averaged 9 drinks a day in the first year. [see Mar 29]
    (AP, 5/8/97)(HN, 5/8/98)(www.sodamuseum.bigstep.com/generic.jhtml?pid=1)

1889-1973    Conrad Potter Aiken, American poet, was born (Aug 5) and died (Aug 17) in Savannah, and was buried in the Boneventure Cemetery.
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T5)

1892        Jan 18, Oliver Hardy, member of Laurel and Hardy comedy duo who starred in numerous films, was born in Harlem, Ga.
    (HN, 1/18/99)(MC, 1/18/02)

1893        Oct 27, Hurricane hit the US coast between Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, SC.
    (MC, 10/27/01)

1893        Dec 20, The 1st state anti-lynching statute was approved in Georgia.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

1895        Mar 18, Some 200 blacks left Savannah, Ga., for Liberia.
    (MC, 3/18/02)

1899        Apr 23, Some 2000 people gathered to watch the lynching Sam Hose, a black man questionably accused of murdering a white planter and raping his wife. His ears, fingers, and genitals were cut off and his face was skinned before he was burned in kerosene soaked wood. His and other stories were later told in the 1998 book: “Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow" by Leon F. Litwack.
    (SFEC, 4/19/98, BR p.4)

1901        Apr 5, Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], actor (Hud, Ghost Story), was born in Macon, Ga.
    (MC, 4/5/02)

1904        Dec 28, Farmers in Georgia burned two million bales of cotton to prop up falling prices.
    (HN, 12/28/98)

1905        Sep 22, Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia killed 10 blacks and 2 whites.
    (MC, 9/22/01)

1905        Alonzo Herndon, a former slave, purchased two black benevolent associations for $140 and created Atlanta Mutual, which sold burial insurance to Atlanta’s black community. The company grew to become Atlanta Life Financial Group.
    (WSJ, 5/3/08, p.A8)

1906        Sep 22, Race riots in Atlanta, Georgia, killed 21 people. In 2001 Mark Bauerlein authored “Negrophobia," an account of the riots.
    (HN, 9/22/98)(WSJ, 6/12/01, p.A20)

1908        Oct, Georgia’s nearly all-white electorate voted by a 2 to 1 margin to abolish its system of peonage as of March 1909.
    (WSJ, 3/29/08, p.W8)

1909        May 17, White firemen on Georgia RR struck to protest the hiring of blacks.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

1909        Nov 18, John Herndon Mercer [Johnny Mercer] (d.1976), songwriter, was born in Savannah, Ga. John Herndon Mercer died on Jun 25, 1976, and was buried in Boneventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga.
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T5)(HN, 11/18/00)

1911        The will of Sen Augustus Bacon called for a whites-only park on donated land. In 1970 a court ruled that the park should revert to Bacon's heirs.
    (SFC, 12/4/99, p.A3)

1912        Mar 12, Juliette Gordon Low organized the Girl Guides, which later became the Girl Scouts of America, at the 1848 Andrew Low House in Savannah, Ga. The US Congress chartered the Girl Scouts in 1950.
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T5)(USAT, 3/23/04, p.1D)(AP, 3/12/08)

1913        Apr 26, Mary Phagan (13) was killed at an Atlanta pencil factory. She had stopped to pick up her check on her way to Peachtree Street to see a Confederate Memorial Day Parade. Leo Frank (29), a Jewish factory manager, was falsely accused of raping and murdering the young girl. Georgia Gov. John M. Slaton later commuted Frank’s sentence to life, but a vigilante crowd dragged him out of prison and lynched him on Aug 17. In 1968 Leonard Dinnerstein authored “The Leo Frank Case." The story is covered in the 1997 novel "The Old Religion" by David Mamet. In 1998 the musical "Parade" was produced based on the Frank lynching.
    (SFEC, 1/4/98, BR p.6)(WSJ, 12/22/98, p.A16)(WSJ, 6/9/00, p.A12)(WSJ, 1/17/09, p.W8)

1913        Aug 9, Herman Eugene Talmadge (d.2002), later state governor and US Senator, was born.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)

1914        Oct 1, Daniel Joseph Boorstin, author (Empire of Czar), was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974.

1914        Dec 30, Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), was born in Atlanta, Ga.
    (MC, 12/30/01)

1915        Aug 17, Leo Frank, a Jewish factory manager, was lynched by a mob of anti-Semites in Cob County, Georgia. He had been convicted in the killing of Mary Phagan, a 13-year-old girl who worked at his pencil factory. The governor believed him innocent and commuted his death sentence in June. The state of Georgia pardoned Frank in 1986. In 2000 Stephen Goldfarb posted the names of some 2 dozen men believed to have participated in the murder.
    (WSJ, 6/9/00, p.A1)(AP, 8/17/02)(AP, 3/11/06)

1915        Sep 30, Lester Garfield Maddox, (Gov-D-Ga) restaurant owner and ax handle wielder segregationist, was born.
    (MC, 9/30/01)

1915        Dec 4, Ku Klux Klan received a charter from Fulton County, Ga.
    (MC, 12/4/01)

1915        Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941) signed on about this time with the United Daughter of the Confederacy to carve a memorial at Stone Mountain in Georgia and soon rose to the high ranks of the newly resurgent KKK. The project started in 1918 but was postponed by WWI and resumed in 1922. He was fired from the project in 1925. His carving was later removed and replaced by sculptor Augustus Lukeman. In 1927 Borglum began the Mount Rushmore presidential memorial.
    (SSFC, 9/9/07, p.C4)(ON, 2/11, p.10)
1915        The Knights of Mary Phagan set fire to a cross atop a granite mountain 16 miles east of Atlanta. The event became a rallying cry for the KKK.
    (WSJ, 6/9/00, p.A12)
1915        Ku Klux Klansmen held a formative assembly at the town of Stone Mountain.
    (SFC,11/28/97, p.B6)
1915        The US state of Georgia lynched 22 people this year.
    (Econ, 12/19/15, p.32)

1916        Oct 7, In the most lopsided victory in college football history, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University of Lebanon, Tennessee, 222-0 in Atlanta.

1917        Sep 8, Eugene Bullard, aviator, was born in Columbus, Georgia. He emigrated to France and became the first African-American combat aviator when he flew a reconnaissance mission over the city of Metz, France. He was credited with one confirmed "kill," a German Pfalz he shot down over Verdun.
    (MC, 9/8/01)

1917        Dec 18, Ossie Davis, actor, playwright (Hot Stuff, Man Called Adam), was born in Cogdell, Ga.
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1918        May 19, In Georgia Mary Turner, a married black woman and mother of two was lynched by a white mob in Lowndes County for having protested the lynching death of her husband Hazel "Hayes" Turner the day before in Brooks County. 13 people were lynched this year in Brooks and Lowndes counties.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Turner)(SFC, 12/31/18, p.A5)

1920s        In the early 1920s Col. J.G. Boswell, a cotton farmer from Georgia whose business was ruined by the boll weevil, arrived in California and began to acquire land in the central valley. The Boswell family took advantage of federal programs to stop droughts and floods and helped get the Army Corps of Engineers to drain Lake Tulare. In 2003 Mark Arax and Rick Wartzman authored "The King of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of a Secret American Empire."
    (Econ, 10/18/03, p.82) (SFC, 11/11/03, p.D1)

1922        Sep 26, Thomas Watson (b.1856) Populist Georgia state politician, attorney, newspaper editor, died in Washington, DC.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Watson)(Econ, 12/7/13, p.34)

1922        Oct 3, Rebecca L. Felton, D-Ga., became the first woman to be seated in the U.S. Senate. Mrs. Felton had been appointed to serve out the remaining term of Sen. Thomas E. Watson.
    (AP, 10/3/97)

1922        Nov 21, Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
    (AP, 11/21/97)

1924        Oct 1, Jimmy Carter (James Earl), 39th president of the U.S. (1977-1981), was born in Plains, Georgia.
    (SFEC, 1/12/97,  Z3 p.3)(HN, 10/1/98)(MC, 10/1/01)

1924        The 600-room Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta opened. It was developed by William Candler, the youngest son of Coca Cola founder Asa Candler. It was designed in a neo-Georgian style by New York architect Leonard Schultze. It closed in 1982 and was planned for renovation as an office complex in 1998. It was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
    (WSJ, 2/4/98, p.B8)

1924        The electric chair replaced hanging as the means of execution.
    (SFC, 2/22/00, p.A5)

1925        Feb 8, Marcus Garvey entered federal prison in Atlanta.
    (MC, 2/8/02)

1925        Mar 25, Flannery O'Connor (d.1964), novelist and short story writer, was born in Savannah, Georgia.
    (www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-498)(WUD, 1994 p.997)

1926        Feb 9, Teaching theory of evolution was forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia, schools.
    (MC, 2/9/02)

1927        Jan 17, Juliette Gordon Low (b.1860), founder of the Girl Scouts (1912), died in Savannah, Georgia. In 2012 Stacy A. Cordery authored “Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts."
    (SSFC, 3/18/12, p.F4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juliette_Gordon_Low)

1927        Aug 18, Rosalynn Smith Carter, 1st lady (1977-1981), was born in Plains, Georgia.
    (MC, 8/18/02)

1927        Alonzo Herndon, black Atlanta businessman, died. In 2002 Carole Merritt authored “The Herndons: An Atlanta Family."
    (WSJ, 8/28/02, p.D8)

1928        May 3, James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul," was born in Augusta, Georgia. The singer is best remembered for the song "I Feel Good." [see May 3, 1933]
    (HN, 5/3/99)(MC, 5/3/02)

1929        Jan 15, Martin Luther King Jr. (d1968), American Baptist Minister and Civil Rights leader, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He won the Nobel Peace prize in 1964 and was assassinated in 1968. Dr. King began his involvement in the civil rights movement in 1955 with his leadership of the Montgomery bus boycott, which ended segregated seating on city buses. Adopting Mohandas K. Gandhi's principles of nonviolence, King led demonstrations, sit-ins and boycotts in cities throughout the South to show the injustice of racist policies. He explained his belief in nonviolence in a letter written during one of his many incarcerations: "Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored...." King's efforts helped to bring about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Dr. King's leadership of the civil rights movement brought many threats against his life and on April 4, 1968, he was killed by a sniper's bullet in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King Day was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, for the third Monday in January. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." "A man can't ride your back unless it's bent."
    (HFA, '96, p.22)(AHD, p.721)(AP, 4/3/97)(AP, 1/15/98)(HNPD, 1/15/99)

1929        Aug 7, Ruth Carter-Stapleton, Pres. Carter’s sister, evangelist, was born in Plains, Ga.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1930        May 15, Jasper Johns, Jr., painter, leader of the Pop Art movement, was born in Augusta, Ga. He grew up in South Carolina.
    (www.artsy.net/artist/jasper-johns)(SFC, 3/8/07, p.E3)

1930        Sep 23, Ray Charles (d.2004), rhythm ‘n’ blues piano player and singer best known for "Hit the Road Jack" and "Georgia on My Mind" was born in Albany, Georgia. Stuart Gorrell wrote the lyrics for the hit song "Georgia on My Mind" in 1930 with music by Hoagy Carmichael. It was declared the state song of Georgia on April 24, 1979.
    (HN, 9/23/98)(WSJ, 2/2/00, p.W8)(www.promotega.org/vsu00011/georgia_book.htm)

1932        Feb 2, Al Capone was sent to prison at Atlanta, Georgia, for "tax evasion."
    (MC, 2/2/02)

1932        May 4,    Mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
    (AP, 5/4/08)

1932        Jun 2, George W. Perry (19), a Georgia farmer, caught a record 22-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass with a Chubb Wiggle Fish lure. The record still stood in 2001.
    (WSJ, 5/18/01, p.A1)

1933        Jan 10, Eugene Talmadge (1884-1946), began serving his first term as governor of Georgia. Talmadge served two terms as the 67th Governor of Georgia from 1933 to 1937, and a third term from 1941 to 1943.

1933        May 3, James Brown, American singer and songwriter, was born. [see May 3, 1928]
    (HN, 5/3/01)

1933        Sep 25, 1st state poorhouse opened in Smyrna, Georgia.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1934        The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, began hosting the Masters Tournament.
    (Econ, 4/10/10, p.70)

1936        Feb 17, Jim Brown, NFL fullback (Cleveland Browns), actor (Dirty Dozen), was born in Ga.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1936        Apr 6, A tornado killed 203 and injures 1,800 in Gainesville, Georgia.
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1937        Mar 20, Jerry Reed, singer, actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), was born in Atlanta, GA.
    (MC, 3/20/02)

1937        Mar 29, Billy Carter, brother of Pres Carter, was born in Plains, Georgia.
    (MC, 3/29/02)

1937        Dr. Leroy Burney set up the country’s first mobile venereal disease clinic in Brunswick, Ga.
    (SFC, 8/5/98, p.A17)

1939        Mar 18, Georgia finally ratified the Bill of Rights, 150 years after the birth of the federal government. Connecticut and Massachusetts, the only other states to hold out, also accepted the Bill of Rights in this year.
    (HN, 3/18/98)

1939        Dec 15, The motion picture "Gone With the Wind" had its world premiere in Atlanta.
    (AP, 12/15/97)

1940        Oglethorpe Univ. planted a time capsule called the "Crypt of Civilization" that was scheduled to be opened May 28, 8113. Souvenir medals were sold for $1 granted holders free admittance to the 8113 opening. Dr. Thornwell Jacobs, the "father of the modern time capsule," and president of Oglethorpe, calculated this date from the first fixed date in history, 4241 B.C. when most historians believe the Egyptian calendar was established. Exactly 6177 years had passed between 4241 B.C. and 1936 A.D., when Dr. Jacobs 1st proposed the project. He projected the same period of time forward from 1936, arriving at the year 8113 A.D. for the Crypt's opening.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.D4)(WSJ, 1/5/05, p.B1)

1941        Jun 2, William Guest, singer (Gladys Knight Show), was born in Atlanta, Ga.
    (SC, 6/2/02)
1941        Jun 2, Stacy Keach, actor (Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer), was born in Savannah, Ga.
    (SC, 6/2/02)

1941        Sep 9, Otis Redding, rock bassist (Sitting on the Dock of the Bay), was born in Dawson, Ga.
    (MC, 9/9/01)

1945        Mar 5, Georgia denied clemency and executed Lena Baker (b.1900), a black maid. She had been sentenced to die following a one-day trial before an all-male jury for the murder of E.B. Knight. He had held her against her will in a grist mill and threatened to shoot her if she tried to leave. In 2005 the Georgia Board of Pardons decided to pardon her. The movie The Lena Baker Story (2008) is about her life.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lena_Baker)(SFC, 8/16/05, p.A4)

 1945        Apr 12, Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt the 32nd president of the United States, died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Warm Springs, Ga., at age 63. Roosevelt, a polio victim confined to a wheelchair, spent a great deal of time in the soothing waters of the resort. He succumbed to a cerebral hemorrhage while posing for a portrait by Elizabeth Shoumatoff at what came to be known as the Little White House in Warm Springs, where the unfinished portrait remains on display. Lucy Rutherford Mercer, his secret companion, was at his bedside. He was succeeded by his Vice-President, Harry S. Truman. The 63-year-old president had been at Warm Springs, Georgia, since March 28, resting from the rigors of leading a nation at war. Roosevelt, left paralyzed by polio in 1921, was elected to the nation's highest office four times and is judged by historians to be among the greatest American presidents. He was buried at the Roosevelt family home in Hyde Park, New York. The period is covered in "Mr. Truman’s War" (1996) by Robert Moskin. In 2001 "The  New Dealer’s War," the 5th and last volume of the Roosevelt biography by Thomas Fleming (d.1999) was published. In 2001 Kenneth S. Davis authored "FDR: The War President." In 2003 Conrad Black, aka Lord Black of Crossharbour, authored "Franklin Delano Roosevelt." In 2008 H. W. Brands authored “"Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt."
    (A & IP., ESM, p.167)(WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A8)(SFC, 9/6.96, p.A10)(AP, 4/12/97)(HN, 4/11/99)(HNQ, 6/16/00)(WSJ, 4/26/01, p.A18)(WSJ, 12/3/03, p.D12)(Econ, 11/1/08, p.95)

1945        Sep 11, Leo Kottke, guitarist (Ice Water, Greenhouse), was born in Athens, Ga.
    (MC, 9/11/01)

1945        Oct 26, Pat Conroy, American writer (Great Santini, Prince of Tides), was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His work included "Conrack" (1973; film, 1974; stage musical, 1987); "The Great Santini" (1976; film, 1979); "The Lords of Discipline" (1980; film, 1983); "The Prince of Tides" (1986; film, 1991); and "Beach Music" (1995; film, 1997).

1946        Jul 14, In Monroe, Georgia, Roger Malcom, a black man, stabbed farmer Barnette Hester during an argument and fight.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A21)

1946        Jul 25, In Monroe, Georgia, 2 black couples were killed by Ku Klux Klansmen near Moore’s Ford Bridge in Walton County. Roger Malcom had just been given bail after stabbing a white farmer 11 days earlier. Pres. Truman ordered an FBI investigation and 55 suspects were named in the lynching of Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey, but no one was ever charged. Dorothy Malcom was pregnant. In 2019 a US appeals court considered whether federal judges can order the unsealing of grand jury records in cases with historical significance.
    (SFC, 7/26/05, p.A5)(Econ., 2/21/15, p.32)(SSFC, 12/31/17, p.A21)(AP, 10/22/19)

1946        Dec 7, A fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, killing 119 people, including hotel founder W. Frank Winecoff.
    (AP, 12/7/04)

1946        Dec 21, Eugene Talmadge (b.1884), former governor of Georgia, died. He served two terms as the 67th Governor of Georgia from 1933 to 1937, and a third term from 1941 to 1943. Herman E. Talmadge took over as George state governor following the death of his father, a strident racist.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Talmadge)(SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)

1946        In Georgia Lawrence D. Duke Sr. (d.1999 at 86), ass't. state attorney general, successfully campaigned against the state charter for the KKK and the Columbians Inc., a virulent anti-black and anti-Jewish Klan offshoot.
    (SFC, 4/2/99, p.D6)

1947        May, Sam Turner shot and killed Charlie Lipford and was sentenced to 5 years for voluntary manslaughter. He was paroled after a year and jailed again for burglary. In 1951 he walked off a work camp and never looked back until a routine check rounded him up in 1997.
    (SFC,12/10/97, p.A3)

1948        Herman E. Talmadge, was elected governor.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)

1948        Herman E. Talmadge, was re-elected governor to a full 4-year term.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)

1950        Nov 5, Billy Graham’s “Hour of Decision" was first broadcast as a live radio program from Atlanta, Georgia.

1950s        Marvin Griffin was the governor in the late 50s.
    (SFC,11/5/97, p.C5)

1953        Feb 19, Georgia approved the 1st US literature censorship board.
    (MC, 2/19/02)

1953        Dec 13, Ben Bernanke, later head of the US Federal Reserve (2006), was born in Augusta, Ga.
    (SSFC, 1/29/06, p.J1)

1956        Artist George Beattie painted a collection of 8 works depicting an idealized version of Georgia farming. The murals included depictions of slaves harvesting sugarcane and were hung in the lobby of the Georgia Dept. of Agriculture. In 2011 a new agriculture commissioner ordered the murals depicting slavery to be removed.
    (SFC, 1/4/11, p.E2)
1956        The Georgia state flag with its Confederate emblem was adopted under Gov. Marvin Griffin. The emblem was added in part to protest federal attacks on segregation. The flag was redesigned in 2003.
    (http://tinyurl.com/9b6pd)(Econ, 6/27/15, p.22)
1956        Herman E. Talmadge, former governor, 1st ran for the US Senate and proclaimed: “God advocates segregation."
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)
1956        Lake Lanier (officially Lake Sidney Lanier), a reservoir in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia, was created by the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River. It is also fed by the waters of the Chestatee River. US Congress had authorized the construction of Buford Dam in the mid-1940s.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Lanier)(Econ, 9/18/10, p.44)

1957        Jan 10, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to fight facial segregation by means of nonviolent protests. In 1986 David J. Garrow authored “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference." King met with about 60 black ministers and leaders to Ebenezer Church in Atlanta. Their goal was to form an organization to coordinate and support nonviolent direct action as a method of desegregating bus systems across the South. In addition to King, Bayard Rustin, Ella Baker, C.K. Steele, Fred Shuttlesworth of Birmingham, Joseph Lowery of Mobile, and Ralph Abernathy of Montgomery, all played key roles in this meeting which led to the formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Christian_Leadership_Conference)(ON, 4/2011, p.4,5)

1957        Feb 14, The Georgia Senate approved Sen Leon Butts' bill barring blacks from playing baseball with whites.
    (HN, 2/14/98)(MC, 2/14/02)

1958        Feb 5, A B-47 accidentally dropped an unarmed thermonuclear bomb at the mouth of Georgia’s Savannah River. It was never found.
    (SFEC, 11/22/98, Par p.22)

1959        Levi Strauss set up a jeans factory in Blue Ridge. It closed in 2002 and 400 jobs were lost.
    (SSFC, 6/16/02, p.G1)

1959        S. Ernest Vandiver began serving as governor of Georgia (1959-1963). His campaign motto was “No, not one," meaning not one black child in a white school.
    (SSFC, 12/22/02, p.A3)

1960        Mar 9, Roslyn Pope published “An Appeal for Human Rights." She had just come home from Europe to a segregated South and channeled her frustrations into writing the appeal which announced the formation of the Atlanta Student Movement, whose campaign of civil disobedience broke a suffocating stalemate over civil rights in Atlanta and hastened the end of racist Jim Crow laws and policies across the region.
    (AP, 3/8/20)

1960        Aug 7, Students staged kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches.
    (MC, 8/7/02)

1960        Oct 19, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Atlanta after asking to be served at a whites-only dining room at Rich's Department Store.
    (SFC, 4/4/20, p.A3)

1960        Ray Charles made a hit with "Georgia on My Mind."
    (SSFC, 7/28/02, Par p.20)
1960        In Georgia the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit began as a small church in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. Membership peaked at about 10,000 in the 1990s. By 2007 membership had fallen to about 1,500 in the wake of sex scandals associated with founding Archbishop Earl Paulk (80).
    (SFC, 11/20/07, p.A7)

1961        Jan 11, There was a race riot at the University of Georgia.
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1961        May 26, Civil rights activist group Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee was established in Atlanta.
    (HN, 5/26/98)

1961        Dec 12, Martin Luther King Jr & 700 demonstrators were arrested in Albany, Ga.
    (MC, 12/12/01)

1962        Feb 12, A bus boycott started in Macon, Georgia.
    (MC, 2/12/02)

1962        Jul 10, Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested during a demonstration in Georgia.
    (MC, 7/10/02)

1962        Jul 21, 160 civil right activists were jailed after demonstration in Albany, Ga.
    (MC, 7/21/02)

1962        Jul 27, Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Albany, Georgia.
    (MC, 7/27/02)

1962        Aug 15, Shady Grove Baptist Church was burned in Leesburg, Georgia.
    (MC, 8/15/02)

1962        Aug 22, Savannah, world's 1st nuclear powered ship, completed here maiden voyage from Yorktown, Va., to Savannah, Ga.
    (MC, 8/22/02)

1962        Sep 25, A Black church was destroyed by fire in Macon, Georgia.
    (MC, 9/25/01)

1962-1970    Ivan Allen Jr. (d.2003 at 92) served as mayor of Atlanta following the retirement of William Hartsfield. Allen desegregated city government the day he took office.
    (SFC, 7/3/03, p.A25)

1963        Georgia Gov. S. Ernest Vandiver Jr. (d.2005) left office. His decision not to defy federal courts cleared the way for a peaceful integration of state schools.
    (SFC, 2/24/05, p.B7)

1964        Jan 26, Eighty-four people were arrested in a segregation protest in Atlanta.
    (HN, 1/26/99)

1964        Aug 3, Flannery O'Connor (b.1925), novelist and short story writer, died in Georgia of lupus, an incurable, autoimmune disease. In 2009 Brad Gooch authored “Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor."
    (www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-498)(Econ, 2/28/09, p.89)

1965        Dec 20, In the largest U.S. drug bust to date, 209 lb. of heroin was seized in Georgia.
    (HN, 12/20/98)

1966        Jan 10, Julian Bond was denied a seat in Georgia legislature for opposing Vietnam War.
    (MC, 1/10/02)

1966        Sep 6, A race riot took place in the Summerhill neighborhood of Atlanta, Ga., from Sep 6-11. Blacks rioted after a suspected car thief is shot escaping a white cop and 138 people were arrested with 35 injured. Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee's (SNCC's) Stokely Carmichael is indicted for inciting a riot, and Julian Bond resigns from SNCC.

1966        Lester Maddox (d.2003) ran for governor of Georgia against incumbent Howard H. Callaway. The legislature voted 182-66 to give Maddux the governor's job after neither received a majority.
    (BS, 6/26/03, 5A)
1966        Shirley McBay (1935-2021) became the first Black person to receive a doctorate from the Univ. of Georgia. Her degree was in mathematics.
    (SSFC, 12/19/21, p.F8)

1967        Jan 10, Segregationist Lester Maddox was inaugurated as governor of Georgia.
    (MC, 1/10/02)

1969        Apr 7,    The US Supreme Court in Stanley v. Georgia unanimously struck down laws prohibiting private possession of obscene material.
    (AP, 4/7/07)

1969        Jul 4, Some 140,000 attended the Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zeppelin & Janis Joplin.

1970        May 12, In Augusta, Georgia, an overnight riot left 6 black men dead. Autopsies confirmed that the six men killed were all shot in the back with police-issued shotguns.

1970        Ted Turner (b.1938) bought an Atlanta UHF station and built it into the Turner Broadcasting System. He had inherited his father’s billboard business in 1962.
    (WSJ, 10/21/04, p.D8)(www.wordiq.com/definition/Ted_Turner)

1971        Jan 12, Jimmy Carter (b.1924) was sworn in as the 76th governor of Georgia.

1972        Mar 3, Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson were completed at Stone Mountain, GA. The Stone Mountain Memorial, a nine-story-high bas-relief sculpture carved into a sprawling rock face northeast of Atlanta, was notched in a relief 400 feet above ground. All three men were slave owners.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Mountain)(Reuters, 7/3/20)

1972        Jun 29, The US Supreme Court ruled in Furman v. Georgia that the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment." The ruling prompted states to revise their capital punishment laws. Four years later, the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty for murder cases.
    {USA, Supreme Court, GeorgiaUS}
    (AP, 6/29/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furman_v._Georgia)

1972        Oct 23, Cumberland Island off the coast of Georgia was established as a National Seashore.
    (SFC, 4/28/96, p.T-8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumberland_Island_National_Seashore)

1973        Oct 16, Maynard Jackson (1938-2003) was the elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta.

1973        Oct 18, Walt Kelly (b.1913), US comic strip artist, died. He was notable for his comic strip Pogo featuring characters that inhabited a portion of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.

1973        The Atlanta school system agreed to desegregate and Alonzo A. Crim (d.2000 at 71) became its first African-American superintendent.
    (SFC, 5/5/00, p.D5)
1973        The 6 members of the Alday family were killed on their farm during a robbery in southwest Georgia. In 2003 Carl Isaacs (49) was executed for his role in the killings.
    (SFC, 5/7/03, p.A7)
1973        In Georgia Ray Anderson (1934-2011) left Milliken Carpet in LaGrange and founded his own carpet firm, Interface, to produce the first free-lay carpet tiles in America. In 1994, inspired by Paul Hawken’s book “The Ecology of Commerce," he shifted the company toward sustainability and soon became known in environmental circles for his advanced and progressive stance on industrial ecology and sustainability.
    (Econ, 9/10/11, p.99)

1974        Apr 3, A series of 148 deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before jumping across the border into Canada; some 330 people were killed in 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Total property damage was estimated at $600 million. In 2007 Mark Levine authored “F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century."
    (AP, 4/3/99)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05, p.A7)(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.P10)

1974        Apr 4, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Babe Ruth's home-run record by hitting his 714th round-tripper in Cincinnati.
    (HN, 4/4/98)(AP, 4/4/99)

1974        Apr 8, Hank Aaron (1934-2021) of the Atlanta Braves hit his 715th career home run in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, breaking Babe Ruth's record. The round-tripper was off pitcher Al Downing.
    (AP, 4/8/07)(Econ., 1/30/21, p.74)

1974        Jun 30, Alberta King (b.1903), mother of Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated in Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia by Marcus Chenault, a twenty-one year old from Ohio who claimed that "all Christians are my enemies."

1976        Jan 6, Ted Turner purchased the Atlanta Braves for reported $12 million.

1976        Jun 25, John Herndon Mercer [Johnny Mercer] (b.1909), songwriter, died. He was buried in Boneventure Cemetery in Savannah, Ga. In 2004 Gene Lees authored the biography “Portrait of Johnny."
    (SFEC,11/30/97, p.T5)(HN, 11/18/00)(WSJ, 11/26/04, p.W4)

1976        Nov 2, Former Georgia Gov. (James Earl) Jimmy Carter defeated Republican incumbent Gerald R. Ford, becoming the 39th president and the first from the Deep South since the Civil War.
    (AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)

1976        Nov 30, In Georgia Katharina Wright (19) was found raped and murdered in an apartment in Columbus. In Johnny Lee Gates, a young black man with an intellectual disability, was convicted by an all white jury of murder, rape and robbery. In 2020 DNA evidence cast doubt on his guilt and the state Supreme Court ruled that he deserved a new trial.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yb9wa5bz)(SFC, 5/13/19, p.A4)

1976        The B-52 band formed in Athens, Georgia. Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland, Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Ricky Wilson formed the band following a rum-buzzed jam session.
    (SSFC, 8/10/03, p.C10)
1976        Ronald Spivey killed an off-duty Columbus police officer during a robbery. Spivey was executed by injection in 2002.
    (SFC, 1/25/02, p.A3)
1976        Bennigan’s, an Irish-themed restaurant was founded in Atlanta. During the 1990s it expanded across the country and became part of the Metromedia Restaurant Group. In 2008 Metromedia filed for bankruptcy.
    (WSJ, 7/30/08, p.B1)

1977        Nov 6, In Georgia, USA, 39 people were killed when an earthen dam burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls Bible College.
    (AP, 11/6/97)

1978        Mar 6, Larry Flynt, founder of “Hustler Magazine," was shot and wounded outside a Georgia courtroom. His story was told in a 1996 film “The People vs. Larry Flynt."
    (SFEC, 12/15/96, DB p.41)(MC, 3/6/02)

1979        Jan 10, Billy Carter, the brother of US Pres. Jimmy Carter, made allegedly anti-Semitic remarks. Billy eventually registered as a foreign agent of the Libyan government and received a $220,000 loan. This led to a Senate hearing over alleged influence peddling which some in the press dubbed "Billygate."

1979        Apr 24, The hit song "Georgia on My Mind," written in 1930 with lyrics by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael, was declared the state song of Georgia. Georgia-born singer Ray Charles (1930-2004) made the song famous.

1979        Jul 6, The B-52s, a New Wave band based in Athens, Georgia, released "Planet Claire."
    (SFEC, 1/3/99, DB p.29)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_B-52's_(album))

1979-1981    In Georgia a string of homicides terrorized the black community of Atlanta. At least 25 African American children and several adults were killed in the late 70s and early 80s. In 1982 Wayne Williams was convicted in the deaths of two adults.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y6xbnhz6)(SFC, 3/25/19, p.A5)

1980        Jul 23, The US Senator Judiciary Committee was reported to be officially joining those investigating allegations of misconduct in Billy Carter's relationship with Libya.

1980        Oct 10, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site, a 23 acre area in Atlanta, Ga., listed as a National Historic Landmark on May 5, 1977, was made a National Historic Site by the US Department of the Interior. The area where Dr. King was entombed is located on Freedom Plaza and surrounded by the Freedom Hall Complex of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Inc.

1980        Nov 19, T.J. Palmer and her husband Bill opened the first Applebee’s restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs became popular and they soon opened a second one. In 1983 they sold them to W.R. Grace which passed the brand in 1988 to franchisees in Kansas City, who took the chain public.
    (WSJ, 6/28/07, p.A13)(http://applebees-founder.com/history2.htm)

1980        Sen. Herman E. Talmadge lost his bid for 5th term as US Senator. He lost to Republican Matt Mattingly.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)

1980        Sue Savage-Rumbaugh in 1998 wrote “Apes, Language, and the Human Mind." It was based on her work with Kanzi, a bonobo ape, that began in 1980 at the Georgia State Univ. Language Research Center.
    (SFEC, 7/19/98, BR p.8)

1981        May 2, In Savannah, Ga., Jim Williams shot and killed his younger, redneck boyfriend. Clint Eastwood based his 1997 film “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" on this event.
    (SFC, 6/5/98, p.C14)

1981        Mar 13, Pres. Reagan granted Atlanta $1.5 million to search for the murderer of some 20 black children.

1981        Sep, The body of Patricia Parker was discovered in Dade County, Georgia, near the Tennessee border, but she was listed as a “Jane Doe" for 39 years. In 2020 her remains were identified through DNA samples provided by her son after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released a sketch and a clay rendering of the woman last March, calling for assistance in her identification. She is believed to have fallen victim to Samuel Little, one of the nation’s most prolific serial killers. In 2020 Little was serving consecutive life sentences for murder after confessing to killing 93 women.
    (TheGrio, 10/12/20)

1981        Oct 31, In Georgia (US) a Jane Doe murder victim remained nameless after her body was discovered in a cornfield in Dixie on Halloween. George Newsome was arrested shortly after the murder and police found the rope that had been used to strangle the girl in a motor home he owned. Newsome died in 1988, but never revealed the identity of his victim. In 2020 she was identified through DNA testing as Shirlene Cheryl Hammack.
    (ABC News, 1/10/20)

1981        Dec, Evelyn Joy Ludlum (19) of Perry, Ga., was raped and murdered. Her body was found after 2 weeks. In 1996 Ellis Wayne Felker was executed for the murder. Felker maintained his innocence and DNA evidence was available but not used. In 2000 a judge authorized DNA testing.
    (SFC, 7/27/00, p.A2)

1981        An official memorial to Rev. Martin Luther King opened in Atlanta, Ga.
    (WSJ, 1/14/06, p.A1)

1981-1997    Mike Bowers was the state Attorney-General.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.A14)

1982        Feb 27, Wayne B. Williams (b.1958) was found guilty of murdering two of the 28 young blacks whose bodies were found in the Atlanta area over a 22-month period.
    (AP, 2/27/99)

1982        In 1982 Jimmy Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University in Atlanta, and founded The Carter Center. With a permanent staff of approximately 160, The Carter Center works to resolve conflict, advance democracy and human rights, and prevent disease and hunger. The Carter Center Conflict Resolution Program was founded and helped Jimmy Carter win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
    (Econ, 7/2/11, p.50)(www.whitehousediarybook.com/legacy-post-presidency.html)

1983        Apr, The first Black College Spring Break festival was held in Atlanta.
    (SFEC, 4/19/98, p.A17)

1983        May, A 40 million year-old whale fossil of this age was found along the Savannah River in Georgia during the building of the Plant Vogtle nuclear power facility.
    (SFC, 10/2/98, p.A10)

1983        Sep 25, Leslie Michelle English (2) was raped and murdered in Griffin, Georgia. Her uncle, Eddie Albert Crawford was convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. After 20 years on death row Crawford was executed July 19, 2004.
    (SFC, 7/19/04, p.A4)

1983        Nov, Calvin Johnson Jr. (25) was convicted of rape by an all-white jury in Clayton Ct. In 1999 DNA evidence proved he was innocent.
    (SFC, 6/16/99, p.A3)

1983        The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. was formed with the purchase of the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. In 2001 the Atlanta-based company owned 26 city hotels and 12 resorts. Host-Marriott held a 49% ownership.
    (SSFC, 3/25/01, p.B6)

1983-1998    Georgia tape recorded 23 prison executions over this period.
    (SFC, 5/3/01, p.A3)

1984        Sep 14, In Georgia Taressa Stanley, a clerk at a Quickie convenience store in Warner Robbins, was killed during a robbery. Police soon arrested Timothy R. Johnson (22) and reportedly frightened him into pleading guilty. Georgia’s Supreme Court overturned Johnson’s conviction in 2006 and he was freed in 2013 after a new jury found him not guilty on all charges.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nwxssoz)(SFC, 11/12/15, p.A7)

1984        Nov 11, The Rev. Martin Luther King Sr. (84), father of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta.
    (AP, 11/11/04)

1984        The US Army School of the Americas, a training center for Latin American military officers, was moved from Panama to Fort Benning, Ga.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.B10)(SFC, 9/21/96, p.A3)(SFC,11/17/97, p.A3)

1985        In Georgia Harold and Thelma Swain were murdered at a church in north Camden County. Dennis Perry was arrested in 2000 and charged with the murders. Perry served 20 years in prison before DNA evidence showed he was wrongly convicted. Perry (59) was exonerated on July 19, 2021.
    (AP, 7/20/21)   

1986        Mar 4, Aleta Carol Bunch (16) was kidnapped, raped and murdered in Augusta, Georgia, by Alexander E. Williams IV (17). Williams was convicted and sentenced to death. In 2000 the state Supreme Court stayed the execution to see if electrocution violated the state constitution. Williams, a chronic paranoid schizophrenic, was kept synthetically sane with forced medication. His execution, set for Feb 20, was stayed on Feb 19. Williams was granted clemency Feb 25 and his sentence was commuted to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/23/00, p.A7)(SFC, 2/19/02, p.A3)(SFC, 2/20/02, p.A7)(SFC, 2/26/02, p.A5)

1986        Mar 11, The state of Georgia pardoned Leo Frank, a Jewish businessman who had been lynched in 1915 for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan.
    (AP, 3/11/06)

1986        Jun 30, In a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that states could outlaw homosexual acts between consenting adults. Mike Bowers in Bowers v. Hardwick, successfully defended Georgia's anti-sodomy law on the grounds that the state legislature, as representatives of the people of Georgia, had enacted it. However, the nation's highest court effectively reversed this decision in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowers_v._Hardwick)(Econ, 4/3/04, p.87)(AP, 6/30/07)(SFC, 6/30/21, p.A10)   

1986        Oct 1, Former President Jimmy Carter's presidential library and museum were dedicated in Atlanta with help from President Reagan.
    (AP, 10/1/97)

1987        Jan 24, About 20,000 civil rights demonstrators marched through predominantly white Forsyth County, Ga., a week after a smaller march was disrupted by Ku Klux Klan members and supporters.
    (AP, 1/24/98)

1987         Jan 16, Lita McClinton Sullivan was shot to death at her home in Atlanta by a man with roses posing as a delivery person. Florida millionaire James Vincent Sullivan paid a man $25,000 to kill Lita McClinton Sullivan to avoid losing property in a divorce. In 2003 a Thai court ruled to extradite Sullivan (61). In 2004 James Vincent Sullivan arrived in Atlanta, Ga., for prosecution. In 2006 he was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 2/15/03)(WSJ, 4/13/04, p.A1)(SFC, 3/15/06, p.A3)

1987        Apr 11, Erskine Caldwell (83), Georgia-born novelist (Tobacco Road), died.

1987        Nov 23, Two days after a riot by Cuban inmates erupted at a detention center in Oakdale, La., Cuban detainees at a federal prison in Atlanta also rioted, seizing hostages in a drama that was not resolved until Dec. 4.
    (AP, 11/23/97)

1987        Nov 26, Cuban detainees concerned about the possibility of being sent back to Cuba continued to hold hostages at a prison in Atlanta and a detention center in Oakdale, La.
    (AP, 11/26/97)

1987        Dec 4, Cuban inmates at a federal prison in Atlanta freed their 89 hostages, peacefully ending an 11-day uprising. The agreement provided for a nationwide moratorium on deportations of Mariel detainees.
    (AP, 12/4/97)

1987        Dec 5, FBI agents searched a federal prison where Cuban inmates had peacefully ended an 11-day hostage siege the day before. The agents reported finding bottle bombs and homemade machetes, but no booby-traps or bodies.
    (AP, 12/5/97)

1987        Herman Eugene Talmadge (1913-2002), former state governor and US Senator, authored his biography “Talmadge."
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)

1987        Billy Payne founded the Georgia Amateur Athletic Foundation to bid for the 1996 Olympic Games. He later sold to the foundation his collection of Olympics memorabilia for $975,000.
    (SFC, 4/28/00, p.A11)

1987        Some 13,000 people fell ill in Carrollton, Ga., from the cryptosporidium parasite in contaminated tap water.
    (SFC, 6/24/98, Z1 p.5)

1988        Jul 16, The Rev. Jesse Jackson arrived in Atlanta for the Democratic national convention, telling cheering supporters he was seeking "shared responsibility" with nominee-apparent Michael Dukakis.
    (AP, 7/16/98)

1988        Jul 17, Michael Dukakis arrived in Atlanta to claim the Democratic nomination for president, saying, "We're working hard to make sure we have a good convention, a strong and united party."
    (AP, 7/17/98)

1988        Jul 18, Texas Treasurer Ann Richards delivered the keynote address at the Democratic national convention in Atlanta, needling Republican nominee-apparent George Bush as having been "born with a silver foot in his mouth."
    (HN, 7/18/98)

1988        Jul 21, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis accepted the Democratic presidential nomination at the party's convention in Atlanta, declaring, "this election isn't about ideology; it's about competence."
    (AP, 7/21/98)

1988        Sep 25, Former first brother Billy Carter died in Plains, Ga., at 51.
    (AP, 9/25/98)

1989        Aug 19, Mark MacPhail, an off duty police officer was killed in Savannah, Georgia. Troy Davis was convicted and sentenced to death in 1991 for killing MacPhail. In 2008 his execution was reprieved for a 3rd time after 7 of 9 witnesses had recanted their testimony. In 2011 his execution was rescheduled for a 4th time.
    (SFC, 10/25/08, p.A3)(www.fop9.net/markmacphail/)(Econ, 11/29/08, p.35)(SFC, 9/7/11, p.A6)

1989        Dec 18, Robert E. Robinson, an attorney and alderman in Savannah, Ga., was killed by a mail bomb similar to a device that had claimed the life of a federal judge in Alabama two days earlier. Walter Leroy Moody Junior was later convicted of both bombings, and is on Alabama's death row.
    (AP, 12/18/99)

1990        Sep 18, The city of Atlanta was named the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics.
    (AP, 9/18/97)

1990        Jun, Rev. Eugene Marino (d.2000 at 66) resigned as archbishop of Atlanta following a scandal in which he admitted to a sexual relationship with parishioner Vicki Long. He had led the diocese for 26 months and was the 1st black Roman Catholic archbishop in the US.
    (SFC, 11/17/00, p.D7)

1990        The Atlanta-based International Time Capsule Society was established at Oglethorpe Univ. to promote the study of time capsules. It held a time capsule from 1940 that was scheduled to be opened in 8113.
    (SFEC, 1/2/00, p.D4)

1991        Swamp Gravy, the Official Folk Life Play of Georgia, began when Joy Jinks was at a meeting in NYC. She was talking about how she wanted to preserve Colquitt's heritage and record stories about the community. Richard Geer, a student who was working on his doctorate degree, overheard this conversation, and he approached Joy Jinks and said that he wanted to be involved in the project. The group produced plays with universal appeal steeped in Southern tradition.

1991        Mike Bowers withdrew a job offer from a lesbian who planned to marry another woman. He held that the marriage would violate Georgia’s anti-sodomy laws.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.A14)

1991        Coca-Cola established a corporate museum in Atlanta.
    (WSJ, 4/30/98, p.A1)

1992        Sep 6, The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., officially opened and became America’s largest indoor sports arena as well as the home of the Atlanta Falcons.
    (Econ, 5/19/12, p.36)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Dome)

1992        Oct 18, The visiting Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves in game two of the World Series, 5-to-4, evening the series at one game apiece. The pre-game ceremony was marred by a U.S. Marine Corps color guard that mistakenly presented the Canadian flag upside-down.
    (AP, 10/18/97)

1992        Oct 24, The Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win the World Series as they defeated the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in game six.
    (AP, 10/24/97)

1993        Feb 4, A jury in Atlanta found General Motors negligent in the fuel-tank design of a pickup truck and awarded $105.2 million to the parents of a teen-ager killed in a fiery 1989 crash. The negligence verdict was later overturned, and the parents of Shannon Moseley reached an out-of-court settlement with GM.
    (AP, 2/4/03)

1993         A.D. “Pete" Correll (1941-2021) rose to chairman and CEO of Georgia-Pacific. He later negotiated a $21 billion sale of the company to Kansas-based Koch Industries.
    (AP, 5/27/21)

1994        Jul 13, President Clinton visited flood-stricken Georgia, where he announced more than $60 million in aid for Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
    (AP, 7/13/99)

1994        John Berendt published “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," his personal impressions on the city of Savannah, Ga.
    (SFEC, 3/23/97,  p.T8)
1994        The Christian Sportsmen's Fellowship was founded in Atlanta with the motto "On target to catch men for Christ."
    (SFEC, 3/26/00, p.A10)
1994        Georgia state legislators adopted a law banning people from publicly advertising suicide.
    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)

1995        Jan, In Georgia Andrew Cook (21) shot and killed Michele Cartagena (19) and Grant Hendrickson (22) in a lover’s lane. Cook, the son of a former FBI agent, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1998.
    (SFC, 3/20/98, p.A3)

1995        Mar 3, In Georgia Glenn Turner (31) was discovered dead in bed by his wife. A Cobb medical examiner ruled that he died from an irregular heartbeat. Lynn Turner murdered her police officer husband, Glenn Turner, to get his life insurance money. In 2001 she killed her boyfriend, Randy Thompson, by poisoning him with antifreeze. In 2007 Turner (38), convicted in 2004 for her husband’s death, was convicted again for the Thompson’s murder. Turner (42) died in prison on Aug 30, 2010.
    (www.ajc.com/news/lynn-turners-death-still-603086.html)(SSFC, 3/25/07, p.A3)(SFC, 8/31/10, p.A7)

1995        Aug 21, A commuter plane crashed near Carrollton, Georgia. Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 529 enroute to Gulfport, Miss., crashed with 29 people aboard. 10 died. In 2001 Gary M. Pomerantz authored "Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds: The Tragedy & Triumph of ASA Flight 529."
    (AP, 8/21/00)(SSFC, 10/21/01, p.R4)

1995        Sep 27-Oct 6, Hurricane Opal caused at least 50 deaths in Guatemala and Mexico and 20 deaths in the United States. The storm hit Central America before striking Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

1995        Oct 14, The Atlanta Braves won the National League pennant by beating the Cincinnati Reds, 6-to-0, to complete a four-game sweep.
    (AP, 10/14/00)

1995        Oct 22, The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians, 4-3, to win the first two games of the World Series.
    (AP, 10/22/05)

1995        Oct 28, The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians, 1-0, to win the World Series in Game 6.
    (AP, 10/28/00)

1996        Jul 19, The  26th summer Olympics opening ceremonies began in Atlanta, Georgia. The photo finish was computerized and in color for track and field events. Beach volleyball was inaugurated as an Olympic sport.
    (WSJ, 7/19/96, p.A1)(AP, 7/19/97)(SFC, 8/23/04, p.C3)(NG, 8/04, Geographica)

1996        Jul 27, A pipe bomb was set off at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. One person, Alice Stubbs Hawthorne (44), was killed and 111 injured. Eric Rudolph was later charged with the bombing. He was arrested May 31, 2003. Rudolph later pleaded guilty to the bombing.
    (WSJ, 7/29/96, p.A1,3)(WSJ, 8/9/96, p.A10)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1)(AP, 7/27/08)

1996        Jul 28, Federal investigators reported "very good leads" in the hunt for the Olympic bomber, a day after the explosion in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.
    (AP, 7/28/97)

1996        Jul 30, A federal law enforcement source said security guard Richard Jewell had become a focus of the investigation into the bombing at Centennial Olympic Park. Jewell was later cleared as a suspect, and Eric Rudolph eventually pleaded guilty.
    (AP, 7/30/06)

1996        Jul, In Atlanta Australian equestrian Gillian Rolton (1956-2017) broke multiple bones during a cross-country ride, but remounted following two falls to finish the competition and help her team win a gold medal.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tXL9atLwAo)(SSFC, 12/10/17, p.C11)

1996        Dec 9-1996 Dec 10, David Coffin Jr., heir to a Connecticut family that founded the Dexter Corp., was killed. In 2005 Scott Winfield Davis (40), was arrested in Palo Alto, Ca., for the Atlanta shooting death of David Coffin Jr. Initial charges against Davis were dropped in 1998 due to insufficient evidence.
    (SFC, 11/19/05, p.B3)

1996        The funeral of the Bailey family, killed in a tragic auto accident, was held at the all-white Southern Baptist church, the first black funeral there since slave members departed to form their own congregation in 1862.
    (WSJ, 6/23/97, p.A1)

1997        Feb 21, There was a bombing at an Atlanta lesbian nightclub that injured five people. It was similar to the previous recent bombings at an abortion clinic and at the Olympics. Eric Rudolph was later charged with the bombing. He was arrested May 31, 2003.
    (WSJ, 2/21/97, p.A12)(SSFC, 6/1/03, p.A1)

1997        Apr 20, In Atlanta Timmie Sinclair (27) was beaten by police officers in a scene that was captured on videotape and showed excessive use of force and baton beating.
    (SFC, 5/13/97, p.A6)

1997        Nov 8, Sabrina Lance and Dwight Wood Jr. were slain in Wood's home in Jackson County, Georgia. In 2020 ex-husband Donnie Cleveland Lance (66) was executed for the murder. Lance maintained that he did not kill the pair.
    (SFC, 1/30/20, p.A6)

1997        Nov 16, Some 600 protestors at Fort Benning, Ga., called for the closing of the Army’s School of the Americas, which trains Latin American soldiers.
    (SFC,11/17/97, p.A3)

1997        Dec 4, In Santa Claus Jerry Scott Heidler (20) was arrested for the murder of a couple and their two children and the kidnapping of three foster children.
    (SFC,12/5/97, p.A3)

1997        Mike Bowers admitted to having had an affair with a woman he once employed for more than ten years. He planed to run for state governor.
    (SFC, 6/6/97, p.A14)

1997        The town of Stone Mountain elected its first black mayor, Chuck Burris.
    (SFC,11/28/97, p.B6)

1998        Feb 9, It was reported that Steuart and Jane Dewar were attempting to set up a Gorilla Haven for retired gorillas in the area of Morgantown on part of 275 acres they owned in Fannin County. There was substantial neighbor opposition.
    (SFC, 2/9/98, p.A11)

1998        Mar 20, A twister killed 11 people in northeast Georgia and 2 people in North Carolina.
    (SFC, 3/21/98, p.A1)

1998        Apr 4, Two small planes collided over Marietta and at least 5 people were killed.
    (SFEC, 4/5/98, p.A10)

1998        Apr 8, A line of storms struck the southeast and killed at least 41 people. 32 were left dead in Alabama, 8 in Georgia and 1 in Mississippi.
    (SFC, 4/9/98, p.A3)(SFC, 4/10/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/10/98, p.A1)

1998        Apr 12, Mark O’Meara won the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. with a 9-under-par score of 279.
    (WSJ, 4/13/98, p.A1)

1998        Apr 23, In the US state of Georgia a trucking company owner Steven Moss (37) and his two children were killed during a burglary at their home near Macon. On April 27, 2016, Daniel Anthony Lucas (37) was executed for the murders.
    (www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article73953032.html)(SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)

1998        Sep 7, In Atlanta the 4-day Million Youth Movement ended with a march of less than 10,000 black youths.
    (SFC, 9/8/98, p.A3)

1998        Oct 12, In Tucker 3 men were found shot inside a parked van. A drug deal was suspected.
    (SFC, 10/19/98, p.A6)

1998        Oct 14, The San Diego Padres won the National League championship over the Atlanta Braves in 4 games to 2.
    (WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A1)

1998        Oct 18, In Atlanta 3 men were found shot to death, execution-style, on the 24th floor of the Atlanta Hilton & Towers.
    (SFC, 10/19/98, p.A6)

1998        Oct 20, State Senator Ralph David Abernathy III (39) was indicted by a grand jury for stealing some $13,000 from Georgia taxpayers by billing for false expenses.
    (SFC, 10/21/98, p.A3)

1998        Nov 23, The state Supreme Court invalidated Georgia’s anti-sodomy law.
    (SFC, 11/24/98, p.A4)

1998        The new Cousins Properties tower in Atlanta was scheduled to be completed. It was designed by Jon Pickard and featured a sweeping glass bonnet on the roof over a rooftop garden.
    (WSJ, 1/6/98, p.B10)

1999        Jan 25, Robert Shaw, the dean of American choral conducting, died in Atlanta at age 82. He was the musical director and conductor of the Atlanta Symphony from 1967-1988.
    (SFC, 1/26/99, p.A24)

1999        Feb 5, The Dupont Co., based in Wilmington, Del., agreed to a $90 million settlement with environmentalists to abandon plans to mine titanium along the edge of the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia.
    (SFC, 2/6/99, p.A9)

1999        May 20, In Conyers, Ga., a 15-year-old boy shot and wounded 6 fellow students at Heritage High School. In 2000 the boy was sentenced to 40 years in prison and 65 years of probation.
    (SFC, 5/21/99, p.A1)(SFC, 11/10/00, p.A4)

1999        Jul 12, In Atlanta 7 people, 5 adults and 2 children, were found shot to death with one 11-year-old boy as the only survivor.
    (SFC, 7/13/99, p.A2)

1999        Jul 24, In Austell, Greg Smith, shot and killed 2 SWAT officers when they stormed his house following a fight with neighbors. Smith was in turn killed by a police sniper.

1999        Jul 29, In Atlanta Mark O. Barton (44) shot and killed 9 people in 2 day-trading offices in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. Police also found the dead bodies of his wife Leigh Ann Barton (27) and 2 children, Matthew (11) and Elizabeth Mychelle (7) in suburban Stockbridge. Barton had been a suspect in the 1993 murders of his first wife and mother-in-law.
    (SFC, 7/30/99, p.A1)
1999        Aug, The new $325 million Mall of Georgia at Mills Creek was due to open. It was to feature a 1.4 million-sq.-foot mall curving around a 300,000 sq.-foot open-air “village."
    (WSJ, 11/25/98, p.B12)

1999        Oct 28, Two Navy Blue Angel aviators, Kieron O'Connor (35) and Kevin Colling (32), were killed when their F/A-18 Hornet crashed during a training flight near Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.
    (SFC, 10/29/99, p.A3)

1999        Nov 5, Two Chinese pandas, Lun-Lun and Yang-Yang, arrived in Atlanta for a 10 year visit. They were part of a project to study mating problems related to captivity.
    (SFC, 11/6/99, p.A6)

1999        Nov 21, Some 3,000 of 8,000 demonstrators crossed onto the Fort Benning army base in Georgia to protest against the School of the Americas and the 10 year anniversary of Jesuit priests killed in El Salvador by soldiers trained at the school.
    (SFC, 11/22/99, p.A2)

1999        Dec 22, In Atlanta, Georgia, federal drug police seized $72 million worth of cocaine in "Operation Juno," a 3 year sting operation that also netted $10-26 million laundered through a fake brokerage firm. 5 people were arrested in Tucker and another 47 nationwide.
    (SFC, 12/23/99, p.A2)(WSJ, 12/23/99, p.A1)

2000        Feb, In Georgia tornadoes struck the southwest part of the state and 22 people were killed.
    (SFC, 2/15/00, p.A1)

2000        Mar 16, In Georgia a gunman shot and wounded 2 sheriff's deputies while being served a warrant in Atlanta at the home of Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown. The gunman was later identified as Brown. Deputy Ricky Kinchen (35) died the next day. Al-Amin (56) was arrested in Alabama on Mar 20. he was convicted of murder on Mar 9, 2002.
    (SFC, 3/17/00, p.A5)(SFC, 3/18/00, p.A3)(SFC, 3/21/00, p.A3)(SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A6)

2000        Mar 28, Jordan with US intelligence help indicted 28 followers of Osama bin Laden for plotting attacks against American tourists in Dec.
    (SFC, 3/29/00, p.A14)

2000        Mar, The IntercontinentalExchange was founded in Atlanta, Ga., as an Internet-based trading platform for OTC precious metals and oil.

2000        Apr 26, Sparkle Rai (22), a black woman, was found dead in her Georgia apartment. She had recently married Ricky Rai (20), the manager of a grocery store in which she worked. In 2008 Chiman Rai (68) was convicted of felony murder. Prosecutors charged that Rai teamed up with Willie Fred Evans and Herbert Green to serve as middlemen. The two men passed along $10,000 to brothers Cleveland and Carl Clark. Carl Clark allegedly drove the car and Cleveland Clark, a 300-pound ex-con who also faces the death penalty, carried out the killing.

2000        Jul 14, Attorney Warren Bailey (88) died and left $60 million to St. Mary’s United Methodist Church. The fortune came from the Camden Telephone Co. The 715-member congregation used $40 million to set up a foundation to award grants to nonprofit groups.
    (SSFC, 12/10/00, p.C8)

2000        Jul 18, Sen. Paul Coverdell (Republican, Georgia) died in Atlanta at age 61 from a cerebral hemorrhage.
    (SFC, 7/19/00, p.A3)(AP, 7/18/01)

2000        Jul 24, Georgia’s Democratic Governor Zell Miller was appointed to the late Republican Paul Coverdell’s Senate seat. In 2003 Miler authored "A National Party No More."
    (AP, 7/24/01)(WSJ, 11/4/03, p.D8)

2000        Nov 16, Hosea Williams, civil rights leader and Lt. to Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta at age 74.
    (SFC, 11/17/00, p.A18)

2000        Dec 14, Police shot Devin Grant at least 16 times following a car chase from Atlanta to Douglasville. Grant survived the shooting that began at a roadblock over a minor traffic warrant.
    (SFC, 12/31/00, p.A16)

2000        Dec 15, The US Army planned to hold closing ceremonies for the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. The school planned to reopen in January as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.
    (SFC, 12/13/00, p.B8)

2000        Dec 15, Derwin Brown (46), the sheriff-elect of DeKalb County, Georgia,  was gunned down in what police called an assassination. Brown had promised to clean up the sheriff’s dept. and fire 38 employees. Former Sheriff Sidney Dorsey and 2 other men were charged for the murder on Nov 30, 2001. 2 other men involved in the slaying were given immunity for testifying. A 19-count indictment against Dorsey was handed down Feb 22, 2002. Melvin Walker and David Ramsey were acquitted Mar 25, 2002. Dorsey was convicted Jul 10. Dorsey was sentenced to life in prison on Aug 15, 2002. In 2005 a federal jury found Melvin Walker and David Ramsey guilty of conspiracy.
    (SSFC, 12/17/00, p.A2)(SFC, 3/19/01, p.A3)(SFC, 2/23/02, p.A5)(SFC, 3/26/02, p.A5)(SFC, 7/11/02, p.A3)(SFC, 8/16/02, p.A7)(SFC, 8/4/05, p.A3)

2000        Cornelia Bailey (1945-2017) with Christena Bledsoe authored “God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man: A Saltwater Geechee Talks about Life on Sapelo Island, Georgia."
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8wkemb4)(SFC, 10/20/17, p.D4)
2000        Bruce Wilkinson, Georgia preacher, authored “The Prayer of Jabez," a 93-page, $10 tract based on a passage from the Bible. Sales made him a rich man and in 2002 he embarked on a mission to save children in Swaziland orphaned by AIDS.
    (WSJ, 12/19/05, p.A1)

2001        Jan 30, Georgia lawmakers agreed to downsize the Confederate emblem on the state flag to a small symbol.
    (SFC, 1/31/01, p.A3)

2001        Feb 17, Khalid Abdul Muhammad (born as Harold Moore), national chairman of the New Black Panther Party and former Nation of Islam official, died at age 53 in Marietta, Ga. He was known for his harsh rhetoric about Jews and whites 
    (SSFC, 2/18/01, p.A2)(AP, 2/17/02)

2001        Mar 3, A US National Guard C-23 Sherpa plane crashed in Georgia and 21 people were killed.
    (SSFC, 3/4/01, p.A5)

2001        Mar 13, A BP Amoco chemical plant explosion near Augusta killed 3 workers.
    (WSJ, 3/14/00, p.A1)

2001        May 14, In Atlanta the federal government began its racketeering case against The Gold Club owned by Steve Kaplan and 6 associates. The club grossed some $20 million annually off of business travelers.
    (SFC, 5/14/01, p.A2)

2001        Jul 5, The US spy plane from China arrived at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Georgia aboard a Russian Antonov-124 transport plane.
    (SFC, 7/6/01, p.A9)

2001        Aug 11, A woman (71) who lived near downtown Atlanta died of the West Nile virus, the first reported death from the disease outside the Northeast since the virus emerged on the East Coast in 1999. Tests done by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the cause of death. The virus, which can cause deadly swelling of the brain, has killed nine people in New York and New Jersey since 1999.
    (AP, 8/17/01)(SFC, 8/18/01, p.A6)

2001        Oct 5, Georgia’s Supreme Court ruled that electrocution is an unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. 441 Georgia inmates had died in the electric chair since 1924.
    (SFC, 10/6/01, p.E1)

2001        Oct 25, Terry Mincey (41), convicted of killing a convenience store clerk in 1982, became the 1st Georgia inmate to die by lethal injection.
    (SFC, 10/26/01, p.D6)

2001        Nov 18, Thousands demonstrated outside Fort Benning during the annual march to the post to protest the School of the Americas training for Latin America soldiers.
    (SFC, 11/19/01, p.A15)

2001        Shirley Franklin was elected mayor of Atlanta, Ga.
    (Econ, 8/27/05, p.27)

2002        Feb 16, In Noble, Ga., officials found 334 decomposing bodies at the Tri-State Crematory, where the furnace had not worked for years. Ray Brent Marsh (28), manager of the family operation, was arrested and charged with 5 counts of theft by deception. In 2004 families of the dead settled a class-action suit for $80 million. Marsh pleaded guilty and was sentenced to twelve years in prison, with credit for the time he had served before making bond, plus seventy-five years of probation.
    (SSFC, 2/17/02, p.A6)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri-State_Crematory#Criminal_prosecution)

2002        Mar 8, The parents and sister of Ray Brent Marsh were arrested for signing death certificates even though they were not licensed. The number of corpses found at the Tri-State Crematory rose to 339.
    (SFC, 3/9/02, p.A3)

2002        Mar 9, Jamil Abdullah al-Amin, aka H. Rap Brown (58), was convicted by an Atlanta jury of murdering Fulton County sheriff's Deputy Ricky Kinchen on March 16, 2000, and wounding Kinchen's partner, Deputy Aldranon English. Brown was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Mar 13.  In 2019 a federal appeals court found that a prosecutor had violated the constitutional rights of the 1960s black militant during his trial for the killing of a sheriff's deputy, but it's unlikely that substantially affected the verdict.
    (SSFC, 3/10/02, p.A6)(SFC, 3/13/02, p.A4)(AP, 3/9/07)(AP, 7/31/19)

2002        Mar 14, A 125-vehicle pileup left 4 people dead on foggy I-75 near Ringgold.
    (SFC, 3/15/02, p.A3)

2002        Mar 20, In Valdosta Bobby Blake (44), assistant dean at Valdosta State Univ., was found dead in the trunk of his car. Charles Anthony Pascal (18) and Shimon Sanders (23) were soon arrested and charged with murder.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A5)

2002        Mar 21, Herman Eugene Talmadge (b.1913), later state governor and US Senator, died in Hampton.
    (SFC, 3/22/02, p.A27)

2002        Apr 17, Erika Greene (20) collected $58.9 million in the Big Game lottery.
    (USAT, 4/18/02, p.3A)

2002        Jun 9, A Georgia woman (63) shot to death 2 sons dying of Huntington’s disease at a nursing home. She was charged with murder.
    (WSJ, 6/11/02, p.A1)

2002        Aug 1, In Atlanta, Georgia, a 35,000 pound billboard collapsed at a suburban shopping center and 3 construction workers were killed.
    (SFC, 8/2/02, p.A6)

2002        Nov 5, In Georgia Democratic Gov. Roy Barnes (b.1948) was voted out of office. He had been the main sponsor for legislation to make it easier to sack incompetent teachers.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, SR p.11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Barnes)

2003        Mar 20, Tornadoes hit rural Georgia and 6 people were killed.
    (SFC, 3/21/03, p.A7)

2003        Mar 23, Adrian O’Neill Robinson (25) allegedly shot and killed his father (56) in Hamilton, Georgia. He then kidnapped 2 nuns, one of whom was found 3 days later, mutilated in a Norfolk, Va., parking lot. The other nun was found ok. Robinson was arrested Mar 27.
    (SFC, 3/27/03, p.A7)(SFC, 3/28/03, p.A20)

2003        May 8, Georgia's governor signed legislation redesigning the state flag without a Confederate emblem.
    (WSJ, 5/9/03, p.A1)

2003        Jun 23, Maynard Jackson Jr. (65), former black mayor of Atlanta (1973-1993), died.
    (SFC, 6/24/03, p.A21)

2003        Jun 25, Lester Maddox (87), segregationist and former Georgia governor (1967-1970), died in Atlanta.
    (BS, 6/26/03, 5A)(AP, 6/25/08)

2003        Sep 19, Five of six children riding on an all-terrain vehicle in Coffee County, Ga., were killed when they were hit by a motorist.
    (AP, 9/21/04)

2003        Oct 5, In Atlanta, Georgia, Shelia Chaney Wilson (43), shot and killed her mother, minister and herself in the sanctuary of the Turner Monumental AME Church.
    (SFC, 10/6/03, p.A3)

2003        Former Pres. Jimmy Carter authored his novel "The Hornet's Nest," set in Georgia and the Carolinas during the US war for independence.
    (WSJ, 11/7/03, p.W9)

2004        Jan 7, In Georgia Jerry William Jones (31) killed 3 former in-laws and his infant daughter and fled with 3 girl hostages. The girls were found safe and Jones shot himself following a police chase.
    (SFC, 1/9/04, p.A3)

2004        Apr 22, Malachi York (58), master teacher of the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, was sentenced to 135 years in prison for molesting boys and girls at the group's 476-acre compound. The sect, founded as a Muslim commune in NY, moved to Eatonton in 1993.
    (SFC, 4/23/04, p.A2)

2004        Jun 9, G-8 Summit leaders at Sea Island Resort near Savannah, Georgia, called for Middle East reform and a broader role for NATO in Iraq.
    (WSJ, 6/11/04, p.A7)

2004        Jun 10, A G-8 summit at Sea Island Resort near Savannah, Georgia, ended without an agreement on Iraq. The group agreed to extend through 2006 the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
    (WSJ, 6/11/04, p.A7)

2004        Jun, In Georgia Chris Griffin reportedly killed a 1,000-pound hog with 9-inch tusks at the River Oak Plantation. Only a photo portrayed the “Hogzilla" kill. In 2005 experts from National Geographic confirmed the kill but reduced the size to about 800 pounds.
    (AP, 7/29/04)(SFC, 3/22/05, p.A2)

2004        Jul 16, George Busbee 76, former Georgia Gov.,  died in Savannah.
    (AP, 7/16/05)

2004        Sep 17, The violent remains of Hurricane Ivan pounded a large swath of the eastern United States, drenching an area from Georgia to Ohio. Ivan left 70 dead in the Caribbean and 40 dead in the US including 4 in Alabama, 16 in Florida, 4 in Georgia, 4 in Louisiana, 3 in Mississippi, and 8 in North Carolina.
    (AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A16)

2004        Oct 25, The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously threw out the state's hate crimes law, calling it overbroad and "unconstitutionally vague."
    (AP, 10/25/04)

2005        Jan 3, Victor Hill, the newly elected Clayton County Sheriff, fired 27 mostly white officers from his staff as the Georgia county opened the year with its 1st black-majority government.
    (SFC, 1/10/05, p.A6)

2005        Jan 30, In Georgia more than 300,000 customers had no electricity as crews worked to repair power lines snapped by an ice storm.
    (AP, 1/30/05) 

2005        Feb 21, S. Ernest Vandiver Jr., former Georgia governor (1959-1963), died.
    (SFC, 2/24/05, p.B7)

2005        Mar 11, In Georgia Brian Nichols (33), on trial for rape, shot and killed Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau and Deputy Hoyt Teasley at the Fulton County Courthouse. He then killed deferral agent David Wilhelm in Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood. Nichols was captured the next day. In 2008 Nichols pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. On Nov 7, 2008, Nichols was convicted of murder. On Dec 13 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
    (AP, 3/12/05)(SFC, 3/12/05, p.A1)(SFC, 9/23/08, p.A4)(SFC, 11/7/08, p.A5)(SSFC, 12/14/08, p.A6)

2005        Apr 28, More than 100 volunteers joined police in Duluth, Ga., in searching for Jennifer Wilbanks, a bride-to-be who had vanished two days earlier. Wilbanks turned up in Albuquerque, N.M., having run away on her own.
    (AP, 4/28/06)

2005        Apr 30, Jennifer Wilbanks (32) of Duluth, Georgia, turned up in Albuquerque, NM, after being missing for 4 days. She was scheduled to be married Apr 30, and got “cold feet."
    (SSFC, 5/1/05, p.A2)

2005        Jul 4, The General Synod of the United Church of Christ, meeting in Georgia, endorsed same-sex marriage with a resolution that called for equal marriage rights for all.
    (SFC, 7/5/05, p.A3)

2005        Jul 5, At its Synod in Georgia(US) the United Church of Christ voted to use "economic leverage" to promote peace between Israel and Palestinians and to call for the dismantling of the Jewish state's security fence.
    (AP, 7/6/05)

2005        Jul 23, Kristina Miller (27) of Peachtree City, Ga., was the only American killed in the  blasts at the Egyptian resort at Sharm el-Sheik.
    (AP, 7/27/05)

2005        Aug 24, In Dublin, Ga., a girl shot, killed and robbed Fredrick Williams (25) and Reante Stanley (26) after they had given her and a 14-year-old friend a ride to a motel. The girls stole about $200 from the men. Lakeisha Davis (15) of Dublin was charged with murder and armed robbery. The 14-year-old, who was not immediately identified, was tried in juvenile court on a charge of theft. In 2008 Davis was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/26/05, p.A3)(www.prisontalk.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-143798.html)

2005        Sep 30, In Georgia 6 men were killed in a string of robberies targeting Hispanic immigrants at trailer parks in and around Tifton. Four suspects were arrested and charged with murder and other offenses.
    (AP, 9/30/06)

2005        Oct 15, Jason Collier (28), Atlanta Hawks center, died, possibly of cardiac arrest.
    (AP, 10/15/05)

2005        Nov 18, Scott Winfield Davis (40), was arrested in Palo Alto, Ca., for the 1996 Atlanta shooting death of David Coffin Jr., heir to a Connecticut family that founded the Dexter Corp. Initial charges against Davis were dropped in 1998 due to insufficient evidence. David Coffin Jr. On December 4, 2006, a jury in Fulton County, Georgia, found Davis guilty on all counts of malice murder and felony murder.
    (SFC, 11/19/05, p.B3)(www.atlantada.org/featuredarticle/ScottDavis.htm)

2006        Jan 30, Coretta Scott King (78), the widow of Martin Luther King Jr, died in Mexico. She had turned a life shattered by her husband's assassination into one devoted to enshrining his legacy of human rights and equality.
    (AP, 1/31/06)

2006        Feb 24, In Georgia Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. of Fulton County Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Kirk S. Wright (35), a hedge fund manager, for fraud. Wright’s Int’l. Management Associates LLC was suspected of up to $185 million in losses.
    (WSJ, 3/9/06, p.A1)

2006        Mar 10, Bill Campbell (52), former mayor if Atlanta, Georgia (1994-2002), was convicted of tax evasion, but acquitted for corruption charges. In June he was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison and fined $6,300.
    (http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=nation_world&id=4267799)(WSJ, 6/14/06, p.A1)

2006        Mar 13, South Korea’s Kia Motors Corp. said it will build a $1.2 billion factory in West Point, Ga., its first in the US. Toyota said it will build a plant in Lafayette, Ind.
    (SFC, 3/14/06, p.D3)

2006        Apr 10, Tens of thousands of immigrants spilled into the streets of Atlanta and other US cities in a national day of action billed as a "campaign for immigrants' dignity."
    (AP, 4/10/06)

2006        Apr 17, Georgia's Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a sweeping immigration bill that supporters and critics say gives the state some of the toughest measures against illegal immigrants in the nation.
    (AP, 4/17/06)

2006        Apr 20, Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a bill into law that offered government-sanctioned elective classes on the Bible in public high schools. He also signed a bill permitting the display of the Ten Commandments at courthouses.
    (SFC, 4/21/06, p.A3)
2006        Apr 20, Scott Crossfield, the hotshot test pilot who in 1953 became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was killed in the crash of his small plane in Georgia.
    (AP, 4/20/07)

2006        Apr 21, The US Justice Dept. gave assent to a Georgia law requiring photo IDs to vote.
    (WSJ, 4/22/06, p.A1)

2006        Jul 8, Georgia police found the decomposed body of Carlnell Walker (23), a Morehouse student from Richmond, Ca., in the trunk of his car in Riverdale. On July 21, 2006, 3 men were arrested for his murder. In 2007 4 men were indicted for the murder.
    (SFC, 7/12/06, p.B1)(SFC, 7/22/06, p.A1)(SFC, 3/23/07, p.A2)

2006        Aug 28, Columbus, Ga., beat Kawaguchi City, Japan, 2-1 to win the Little League World Series championship game.
    (AP, 8/28/07)

2006        Sep 1, US federal agents began rounding up illegal immigrants in Stillmore, Georgia. More than 120 illegal immigrants were loaded onto buses bound for immigration courts in Atlanta. Hundreds more fled Emanuel County. The Crider poultry plant was left scrambling for workers.
    (AP, 9/15/06)

2006        Sep 19, A Georgia judge struck down the state’s photo ID requirement to vote.
    (WSJ, 9/20/06, p.A1)

2006        Oct 6, The US Centers for Disease Control said 3 people from Washington County, Ga., had experienced respiratory failure and remained hospitalized on ventilators following a meal they shared on Sept. 7 that included carrot juice made by Bolthouse Farms. A woman in Florida was hospitalized mid-September and botulism toxin from bottled carrot juice was suspected.
    (AP, 10/7/06)

2006        Oct 17, Pres. Bush signed into law a bill to provide grant money for the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. In September Congress had declared a swathe of coastline from North Carolina to Florida the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, in an effort to preserve the region’s distinctive black culture and creole language.
    (Econ, 2/2/08, p.42)(www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6283153)

2006        Nov 1, In Lawrenceville, Ga., Khalid Adem (30), an Ethiopian immigrant, was convicted of genital mutilation of his 2-year-old daughter. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
    (SFC, 11/2/06, p.A3)

2006        Nov 21, In Atlanta, Ga., Kathryn Johnston (92) was shot to death by police after she fired at narcotics investigators as they stormed her house in a no-knock raid. In 2007 2 officers pleaded guilty to killing Johnston. One of the officers had planted marijuana there as part of a cover story. In 2009 a judge sentenced 3 former Atlanta police officers to prison for their role in the botched raid.
    (AP, 11/22/06)(SFC, 4/27/07, p.A4)(SFC, 2/25/09, p.A4)

2007        Feb 13, Charles Norwood (b.1941), tobacco-chewing conservative Georgia congressman, died of cancer and lung disease.
    (SFC, 2/14/07, p.B9)

2007        Feb 14, ConAgra recalled all Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter made at a Georgia plant because of a salmonella outbreak.
    (AP, 2/14/08)

2007        Feb 15, Scientists gathered in Atlanta, Ga., to find a way to stop a fungus killing the world’s frogs. Up to 170 species have gone extinct in the past decade.
    (WSJ, 2/16/07, p.A1)

2007        Mar 2, A charter bus carrying a college baseball team from Ohio’s Mennonite-affiliated Bluffton University plunged off a highway ramp in Georgia and slammed into the pavement below, killing six people, injuring 29 and scattering sports equipment across the road. A 7th player died from his injuries on Mar 9.
    (AP, 3/2/07)(AP, 3/9/07)

2007        Mar 7, At least two people woke on their way to becoming millionaires. Someone bought a winning ticket for the record $370 million Mega Millions jackpot in Dalton, Ga., and another winning ticket was purchased in Woodbine, N.J. Ed Nabors (52), a Georgia truck driver, stepped forward to claim half of a $390 million jackpot, the richest lottery prize in US history. He elected to take his winnings in a lump sum instead of annual installments, and will get over $80 million after taxes.
    (AP, 3/7/07)(AP, 3/8/07)

2007        Apr 3, An ex-con shot and killed his ex-girlfriend at the CNN headquarters complex in Atlanta before being wounded by a security guard. Arthur Mann was later convicted of murdering Clara Riddles and sentenced to life without parole.
    (AP, 4/3/08)

2007        May 25, Atlanta attorney Andrew Speaker, infected with drug-resistant tuberculosis, was quarantined by the federal government after returning from his European wedding and honeymoon.
    (AP, 5/25/08)

2007        Jun 25, Chris Benoit (40), a professional wrestling superstar, was found dead alongside the bodies of his wife and retarded son (7) in Fayetteville, Georgia. Police treated the case as a possible murder-suicide. Anabolic steroids thought to be a contributing factor. The Canadian-born wrestler won the world heavyweight championship in 2004. Doctors later reported that Chris Benoit had injected steroids not long before he died.
    (Reuters, 6/26/07)(SFC, 6/28/07, p.A4)(Reuters, 7/17/07)

2007        Jun 27, Under the banner, "If another world is possible, another US is necessary," 10,000 civil society activists gathered in Atlanta, Georgia, for the beginning of the first US Social Forum (USSF).
    (IPS, 6/30/07)

2007        Jul 20, On the Caribbean island of St. Maarten Georgia state athletes Randy Newton and Bryan Kilgore were killed. Michael Registe was later accused of the murders and faced extradition.
    (SSFC, 7/19/09, p.A6)

2007        Jul 23, The US FDA said people should immediately throw away more than 90 different products, from chili sauce to corned beef hash to dog food, produced at a Castleberry plant in Augusta, Ga., linked to a botulism outbreak.
    (AP, 7/23/07)

2007        Aug 20, The lawyer for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick said Vick will plead guilty to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges. Vick could spend the next few American football seasons behind bars.
    (AFP, 8/20/07)(WSJ, 8/21/07, p.A1)

2007        Aug 24, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick admitted he participated in an illegal dogfighting operation and was suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.
    (Reuters, 8/24/07)

2007        Aug 29,  Richard Jewell, the former security guard who was wrongly linked to the 1996 Olympic bombing, was found dead in his west Georgia home; he was 44.
    (AP, 8/29/08)

2007        Sep 19, Julian Walker (34) of Atlanta, Georgia, suspected in the slayings of his ex-wife and his girlfriend’s father, shot and killed himself after he was surrounded by police in Fairview Heights, Ill.
    (SFC, 9/20/07, p.A8)

2007        Oct 20,     With water supplies rapidly shrinking during a drought of historic proportions, Gov. Sonny Perdue declared a state of emergency for the northern third of Georgia and asked President Bush to declare it a major disaster area. The 38,000-acre Lake Lanier reservoir, which supplies more than 3 million residents with water, was down to 3 months from depletion.
    (AP, 10/20/07)(SSFC, 10/21/07, p.A3)

2007        Oct 26, Georgia's Supreme Court ordered the release of a young man who has been imprisoned for more than two years for having consensual oral sex with another teenager. The court ruled 4-3 that Genarlow Wilson's 10-year sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.
    (AP, 10/26/07)

2007        Nov 16, US federal biologists signed off on a plan to reduce the flow of water from Lake Lanier, Atlanta’s main water source, as the southeast contends with a historic drought.
    (WSJ, 11/17/07, p.A1)

2007        Nov 29, In Richmond County, Georgia, Jeanette Michelle Hawes (22) fatally stabbed her two young children in a Food Mart convenience store bathroom.
    (AP, 11/30/07)

2007-2008    Georgia issued bonds to fund a plan by Gov. Sonny Perdue for a $19 million project to make the state the most popular fishing destination in the country.
    (WSJ, 1/5/09, p.A1)

2008        Jan 5, Georgia authorities served a warrant charging Gary Michael Hilton (61) with the kidnapping with bodily injury of Meredith Emerson (24). Emerson was last seen on New Year's Day hiking with her black Labrador retriever, Ella, in Vogel State Park. On Jan 7 he led investigators to a spot in a wooded area in north Georgia where they found her body. In March Hilton was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
    (AP, 1/6/08)(AP, 1/8/08)(SFC, 3/24/08, p.A8)

2008        Jan 16, In Georgia 2 off-duty DeKalb County police officers were killed in what appeared to be an ambush at an apartment complex in what residents described as a high-crime neighborhood.
    (AP, 1/16/08)

2008        Feb 1, In Loganville, Ga., Darryl Spearman (55) and Cherri Spearman (52) were found dead in their home by relatives. Investigators said they were beaten to death. The next day police arrested their son, Joshua Spearman (18), on two counts of murder.
    (AP, 2/3/08)

2008        Feb 5, A US Court of Appeals rejected a decision giving Georgia a quarter of Lake Lanier’s capacity over the coming decades. It said such changes require congressional approval. Alabama and Florida had challenged the initial 2003 agreement.
    (WSJ, 2/6/08, p.A10)

2008        Feb 7, In Port Wentworth, Georgia, an explosion and fire at a sugar refinery owned by Imperial Sugar, based in Sugar Land, Texas, left 11 people dead. Imperial had acquired Savannah Foods & Industries, the producer of Dixie Crystals, in 1997. The acquisition doubled the size of the company, making it the largest processor and refiner of sugar in the US.
    (AP, 2/8/08)(SFC, 2/11/08, p.A10)(AP, 2/24/08)

2008        Mar 14, A tornado his downtown Atlanta, Georgia, and left 27 people injured. Workers cleaning debris  found one dead body on March 22.
    (SSFC, 3/23/08, p.A3)

2008        Mar 27, In Columbus, Georgia, Charles Johnston (63) stormed a hospital and killed 3 people including a nurse he blamed for his mother’s death in 2004. Johnston was wounded and taken into custody.
    (SFC, 3/29/08, p.A2)

2008        May 6, In Georgia William Earl Lynd (53) was executed for the murder of his live-in girlfriend. He was the first inmate executed since the Supreme Court upheld lethal injections on April 16.
    (SFC, 5/7/08, p.A2)

2008        May 10, A tornado rumbled through Picher, Okla., killing at least 7 people. The same storm system then moved into southwest Missouri, where tornadoes killed at least 15 others. The storms moved eastward and killed at least one person the next day in Georgia.
    (AP, 5/11/08)(SFC, 5/12/08, p.A2)

2008        May 14, In Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a new law allowing permitted gun owners to carry concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol, aboard public transportation and in parks.
    (SFC, 5/15/08, p.A3)

2008        May 20, Hamilton Jordan (b.1944), former strategist and chief of staff for Pres. Jimmy Carter, died in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (SFC, 5/21/08, p.A5)

2008        May 24, In Georgia Kirk Wright (37), convicted of leading an investment scheme, hanged himself in the Union City jail. He faced up to 710 years in prison and a fine up to $16 million. An SEC suit had already hit him with a $20 million judgment for fraud and money laundering related to the 2006 collapse of his Int’l. Management Associates hedge fund.
    (WSJ, 5/27/08, p.C12)

2008        Jun 9, In Georgia Linda Yancey (44) and Marcial Cax Puluc (20), a Guatemalan day laborer, were shot and killed in Atlanta’s Stone Mountain suburban community. In 2009 Linda’s husband Derrick Yancey (49), a former sheriff’s deputy, fled Georgia in April and was captured in September in Belize.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mqavw6)(SFC, 9/22/09, p.A5)

2008        Aug 29, US banking regulators shut down Integrity Bancshares Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., and sold all deposits to Regions Financial Corp. of Birmingham, Ala. This marked the 10th US bank to fail this year.
    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.B3)

2008        Oct 6, Stewart Parnell, an executive for Peanut Butter of America, sent an e-mail saying that delays in shipping product from a Georgia plant was costing huge dollars. Federal investigators later found that batches of product containing salmonella were shipped with fake lab records saying salmonella screenings were negative. On Sep 21 Parnell was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
    (SFC, 9/22/15, p.A7)

2008        Nov 18, A judge in Georgia sentenced 25-year-old Rico Todriquez Wright to spend the next 20 years in prison after his victim mentioned a hip hop confession to police. Wright shot a man twice and felt so good about it, the rapper wrote a song describing the shooting and calling out the victim by name.
    (AP, 11/20/08)

2008        Dec 2, Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss trounced Democrat Jim Martin, winning his second term by a margin of more than 10 percentage points. The victory in the runoff denied Democrats a filibuster-proof majority and cemented the state's reputation as a GOP bastion.
    (AP, 12/3/08)

2008        Dec 19, In Atlanta, Georgia, one worker died and at least 18 others were injured when a walkway being built collapsed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
    (SFC, 12/20/08, p.A2)

2009        Jan 14, In Atlanta, Georgia, a federal appeals court upheld the state’s voter ID law.
    (WSJ, 1/30/09, p.A13)

2009        Jan 16, Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Mich., recalled 16 products containing peanut butter due to possible salmonella contamination as federal officials confirmed contamination at a Georgia facility that ships peanut products to 85 food companies. On Jan 21 federal health authorities confirmed that peanut butter and paste made by a Virginia company were the sole sources of the outbreak. The Blakely, Ga., facility was owned by Peanut Corp. of America, based in Lynchburg, Va. In 2013 four former executives of Peanut Corp. were indicted for the outbreak that left 9 people dead and hundreds sickened.
    (SFC, 1/17/09, p.A2)(WSJ, 1/22/09, p.A4)(SFC, 2/22/13, p.A11)

2009        Jan 28, Peanut Corp. expanded its recall to all peanut products produced at its Blakely, Ga., plant since Jan 1, 2007, due to a salmonella outbreak.
    (SFC, 1/29/09, p.A3)

2009        Feb 17, In Atlanta, Georgia, Eugenia Calle (57), a prominent researcher who studied links between cancer and obesity, was found beaten to death in her condominium. Jamal Thompson (22) was soon arrested and charged with her murder.
    (SFC, 2/20/09, p.A10)(www.inquisitr.com/18407/dr-eugenia-calle-murder/)

2009        Apr 9, The SEC charged Atlanta attorney Robert P. Copeland (48) for running a Ponzi scheme from about 2004-2009. He was alleged to have raised over $35 million from at least 140 investors and owed over $28 million to the victims.
    (WSJ, 4/10/09, p.C3)(www.sec.gov/litigation/litreleases/2009/lr20994.htm)

2009        Apr 25, In Athens, Georgia, Prof. George Zinkhan (57) shot and killed his wife and 2 other people outside the Athens Community Theater. Zinkhan fled the scene. Cadaver dogs found Zinkhan’s body "beneath the earth" in the north Georgia woods on May 9, two weeks after police say he shot his wife and two other people to death outside a community theater.
    (SSFC, 4/26/09, p.A7)(SFC, 4/27/09, p.A4)(AP, 5/10/09)(AP, 5/10/09)

2009        Apr 27, Five members of the US Congress were arrested while protesting the expulsion of aid groups from Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, DC. The included Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, John Lewis of Georgia, Donna Edwards of Maryland and Lynn Woolsey of California.
    (AP, 4/27/09)

2009        May 9, Federal drug enforcement agents began seizing about 351 pounds of meth from two houses in Duluth, in suburban Atlanta. The 2-day operation included the arrest of four Mexican nationals, three of whom were in the US illegally. It was the biggest seizure of Mexican crystal methamphetamine ever recorded east of the Mississippi River.
    (AP, 5/13/09)

2009        Jun 15, Georgia’s Supreme Court ordered Expedia Inc. and its Hotwire.com subsidiary to collect and pay hotel occupancy taxes to the west Georgia city of Columbus in a possible precedent for cities across the country.
    (SFC, 6/17/09, p.C1)

2009        Jun 26, In Georgia regulators shut down the Community Bank of West Georgia, marking the 41st failure this year of a federally insured bank.
    (SFC, 6/27/09, p.B1)

2009        Jul 17, In Douglas, Georgia, federal authorities arrested Cecil Stephen Haire (51), the so-called “limping bandit." He was said to have robbed 23 banks across the Southwest over the last 3 years.
    (SFC, 7/22/09, p.A4)

2009        Aug 12, In Atlanta, Georgia, Ehsanul Islam (23) was convicted of aiding terrorist groups by sending videotapes of US landmarks overseas and plotting to support “violent jihad." He faced a maximum of 60 years in prison.
    (SFC, 8/13/09, p.A4)

2009        Aug 15, In Georgia former college professor Lothar Karl Schweder (77) and his wife Sherry (65) were found mauled to death by dogs near their home in Lexington.
    (SFC, 8/18/09, p.A7)

2009        Aug 21, Guaranty Bank became the 2nd-largest US bank to fail this year after the Texas lender was shut down by regulators and most of its operations sold at a loss of billions of dollars for the US government to a major Spanish bank. Guaranty's failure, along with those of three small banks in Georgia and Alabama, brought to 81 the number of US bank failures this year.
    (AP, 8/22/09)

2009        Aug 29, In southeast Georgia 7 people were found dead inside a dingy mobile home at a trailer park built on the grounds of a historic US plantation near Brunswick. One of two critically injured survivors died soon after. Police arrested Guy Heinze Jr. (22), a family member who called 911 to report finding the people slain, but the charges were drug-related and police wouldn't say if the man was a suspect in the killings. On Sep 4 police Heinze on 8 counts of first-degree murder. On Oct 25, 2013, Heinze was convicted on 8 counts of murder. Prosecutors agreed  not to seek the death penalty.
    (AP, 8/30/09)(SFC, 8/31/09, p.A5)(SFC, 9/5/09, p.A6)(SFC, 10/26/13, p.A7)

2009        Aug, In Georgia Kristi Cornwell (38), a former probation officer, disappeared in Blairsville. Her bones were found on Jan 1, 2011. Scott Carringer, the primary suspect in her disappearance, killed himself in the spring of 2010 during a standoff with Atlanta police.
    (SFC, 1/4/11, p.A5)

2009        Sep 22, In Georgia washed-out roads and flooded interstate highways around Atlanta added to the misery after days of torrential rain in the Southeast claimed at least eight lives.
    (AP, 9/22/09)

2009        Sep 25, US regulators shut down Atlanta-based Georgian Bank, the 95th US bank to fail this year as loan defaults rise in the worst financial climate in decades.
    (AP, 9/25/09)

2009        Oct 23, US regulators shut down 3 small banks in Florida and one each in Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin bringing the total for the year of failed US banks to 106.
    (SFC, 10/24/09, p.A6)

2009        Dec 1, Voters in Atlanta, Georgia, selected former state Sen. Kasim Reed as mayor by a margin of 715 votes over City Councilwoman Mary Norwood. With 84,383 votes cast, the margin was less than 1% and a recount was expected. A Dec 9 recount confirmed Reed as the winner by a margin of 714 votes.
    (SSFC, 12/6/09, p.A14)(SFC, 12/10/09, p.A13)

2009        Dec 11, Spc. Marc A. Hall  was jailed, two days before his brigade with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division out of Ft. Stewart, Georgia, was scheduled to leave for Iraq. He was charged with the military offense of communicating a threat after telling his battalion commander that he might shoot or otherwise attack a fellow US soldier. Hall was dismissed in April, 2010, and lost all military benefits earned over at least four years of service, including an earlier tour in Iraq.
    (AP, 4/17/10)

2009        Dec 25, Vic Chestnutt (b.1964), singer and songwriter, died in Athens, Georgia, following an intentional overdose. He had been paralyzed in a 1983 car accident, but retained limited use of his arms and hands.
    (SSFC, 12/27/09, p.C8)

2010        Jan 1,  Damon Martin (35) of Detroit was shot and killed in Hampton, Ga. Rap music producer Demetrius Lee Stewart (28), aka Shawnty Redd, was arrested for the murder.
    (SSFC, 1/3/10, p.A11)(www.rashaentertainment.com/blog/?p=5350)

2010        Jan 12, In Georgia a disgruntled ex-employee stormed a Penske Truck Rental facility in Kennesaw killing 2 people and critically wounding 3 others.
    (SFC, 1/13/10, p.A11)

2010        Apr 12, Georgia’s insurance commissioner, John Oxendine, said Georgia will not participate in the first phase of the new federal health care law that would offer subsidized premiums to people with health problems. Oxendine, a Republican, was a candidate for the office of state governor.
    (SFC, 4/13/10, p.A4)

2010        May 3, Nick Rogers (30), former NFL player and Georgia Tech star, died in a one-car accident. He was killed about 1:30 a.m. when his car hit a utility pole in College Park, near Atlanta, Georgia.
    (AP, 5/4/10)

2010        Jun 2, Georgia’s Gov. Sonny Perdue signed a comprehensive transport bill. It divided the state into 12 regions and gave each one the power to decide on its own transport projects.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.33)

2010        Aug 12, Officials in Atlanta, Georgia, arrested Elias Abuelazam (33), a suspect in a string of 18 stabbings that left 5 people dead, at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l. airport as he was about to board an airplane to Tel Aviv. 14 of the stabbings had taken place in Flint, Michigan. Abuelazam was extradited to Michigan where he faced homicide charges. On June 25, 2012, Abuelazam was sentenced to life in prison.
    (SFC, 8/13/10, p.A7)(SFC, 8/27/10, p.A6)(SFC, 6/26/12, p.A5)

2010        Sep 21, In Georgia lawyers for 2 men filed suit in DeKalb County against Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of Lithonia alleging coercion into a sexual relationship. A 2nd suit was filed the next day by a 3rd man. A 4th suit was filed on Sep 24.
    (SFC, 9/23/10, p.A13)(SFC, 9/24/10, p.A4)

2010        Sep 27, In Georgia Brandon Joseph Rhode (31) was executed by lethal injection for the 1998 murders of a trucking company owner and his 2 children. He was convicted in 2000 of the killings of Steven Moss (37), his 11-year-old son Bryan and 15-year-old daughter Kristin during a burglary of their Jones County home in central Georgia.
    (SFC, 9/28/10, p.A6)

2010        Oct 11, The San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 at Turner Field to clinch the National League Championship Series.
    (SFC, 10/12/10, p.A1)

2010        Oct 22, Ephren Taylor resigned from City Capital and has since been replaced by Jeff M. Smuda. Taylor allegedly took one million dollars from members at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta. Smuda was elected chairman of the failing company shortly after Taylor’s resignation. According to their SEC, filing Jeff M. Smuda is an expert in restructuring companies to profitability. Taylor was soon dubbed “the black Bernie Madoff."
    (Econ, 1/28/12, p.63)(http://tinyurl.com/8a6vrqw)

2010        Nov 7, In Douglasville, Georgia, Bobby Tillman (19) was shot and killed following a random attack at a house party in an Atlanta suburb. 4 men were soon charged with his murder.
    (SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A14)

2010        Nov 19, Jack Camp (67), a federal judge in Atlanta, pleaded guilty to two drug related charges. He had been arrested on charges that he bought and used drugs with a stripper.
    (SFC, 11/20/10, p.A5)

2010        Nov 23, In Atlanta, Georgia, Amador Cortes-Meza (36) of Mexico was convicted on federal charges of orchestrating a sex trafficking scheme in which prosecutors say he lured impoverished young Mexican women to the Atlanta area with false promises of better lives, high-paying jobs and even hints of romance. He was accused of bringing at least 10 women to the area between spring 2006 and June 2008.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

2010        Dec 16, Prosecutors in Atlanta, Georgia, said they have seized 700,000 tabs of Ecstasy and charged Devon Samuels, a US Customs and Border Protection agent, along with 13 others in a large scale drug trafficking scheme.
    (SFC, 12/17/10, p.A10)

2010        Georgia Congressman Nathan Deal faced an investigation by the US Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) for using his position to enrich himself. Shortly before the OCE report was due to be released Mr. Deal resigned saying he wanted to focus on running for governor.
    (Econ, 10/26/13, p.38)
2010        Steven Carse (25) began hawking ice lollies on a corner in Atlanta, Ga. In 2016 his “King of Pops" brand expected annual sales of 2 million.
    (Econ, 7/30/16, p.22)

2011        Mar 22, In Georgia officer Elmer Christian was shot and killed as he tried to apprehend Jamie Hood (33) in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping in West Athens. Hood released 5 hostages and was arrested on March 25 in an operation that was broadcast live.
    (SSFC, 3/27/11, p.A14)

2011        Apr 5, Storms pummeled the US South with tornadoes. At least 8 people were reported killed in the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
    (SFC, 4/6/11, p.A11)

2011        Apr 15, Storms marched into Tennessee, Louisiana and later into Georgia. At least three twisters touched down in Mississippi, where a state of emergency was declared in 14 counties, causing widespread damage.
    (AP, 4/16/11)

2011        Apr 27, Dozens of tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system wiped out neighborhoods across a wide swath of the South, killing at least 350 people in the deadliest outbreak in nearly 40 years. Alabama had 254 deaths, 34 in Mississippi, 34 in Tennessee, 15 in Georgia, 8 in Arkansas, 5 in Virginia and one in Kentucky.
    (AP, 4/28/11)(AP, 4/29/11)(AFP, 4/30/11)

2011        Apr 28, Pres. Obama declared a major disaster in Alabama. Declarations for Mississippi followed on Apr 29,  Georgia on Apr 30, and soon followed for Tennessee and Arkansas.
    (Econ, 5/7/11, p.28)

2011        May 13, Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 87, a new immigration bill, into law. On June 14 He proposed that unemployed probationers be given the jobs that migrants would have typically filled.
    (Econ, 6/18/11, p.37)(http://tinyurl.com/3wyckfu)

2011        Jun 27, A US federal judge temporarily blocked parts of Georgia's strict new law targeting illegal immigration from taking effect, including a provision that authorizes police to check the immigration status of suspects without proper identification and to detain illegal immigrants.
    (AP, 6/27/11)

2011        Jul 2, Thousands of marchers stormed the Atlanta, Georgia, to protest the state's new immigration law, which they say creates an unwelcome environment for people of color and those in search of a better life.
    (AP, 7/2/11)

2011        Jul 5, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said award-winning gains by Atlanta students were based on widespread cheating by 178 named teachers and principals. His office released a report from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that named 178 teachers and principals – 82 of whom confessed – in what's likely the biggest cheating scandal in US history.

2011        Jul 15, In Atlanta, Georgia, security guard Nkosi Thandiwe (22) opened fire on 3 women in a parking garage killing one and wounding two. He was arrested and charged with murder.
    (SFC, 7/16/11, p.A5)

2011        Jul 17, In Georgia US Army Sgt. Deirdre Aguigui (24) died suddenly in the middle of her pregnancy at Fort Stewart. In 2013 the Army charged her husband with murder and casuing the deth of his unborn son. He was accused of of using insurance money from her death to buy weapons for an anti-government militia group.
    (SSFC, 6/30/13, p.A10)(http://tinyurl.com/lks26dm)

2011        Jul 21, In Georgia Andrew DeYoung (37) was executed by lethal injection for the 1993 murder of his parents and sister. The videotaped execution was likely the first in the nation in almost 2 decades.

2011        Aug 10, In Colorado 3 fugitive siblings wanted in connection with crimes in Florida and Georgia last week were taken into custody after shots were fired and a high-speed chase ended in a crash. Authorities had been searching since August 2 for Ryan Edward Dougherty (21), Dylan Dougherty Stanley (26), and Lee Grace E. Dougherty (29), who were accused of shooting at a Florida police officer and robbing a bank in Georgia on the same day. On April 30, 2012, Ryan was sentenced to 18 years in prison, Lee Grace to 24 years, and Dylan to 32 years. On Dec 17 a federal judge sentenced the 3 siblings to over 35 years in prison.
    (Reuters, 8/10/11)(SFC, 5/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 12/18/12, p.A7)

2011        Aug 19, In Atlanta, Georgia, Jullian Jones (22), a mother of four, was gunned down. Police sought Javaris Crittenton, a former NBA player, for the murder. Authorities said Jones likely not the intended target when Crittenton fired shots from an SUV, retaliating for an April robbery in which he was a victim.
    (AP, 8/28/11)

2011        Sep 21, The US state of Georgia executed convicted murderer Troy Davis on in a case that drew international attention because of claims by his advocates that he may have been innocent.
    (Reuters, 9/21/11)

2011        Sep 27, In Georgia 2 men were arrested for stealing over $2.8 million worth of jewels at Milano’s Fine Jewelry in Cuming over the last weekend.
    (SFC, 9/29/11, p.A8)

2011        Oct 3, Kathy Scruggs (44) of Atlanta, Georgia, claimed the cash option and will receive $15,124,017 before taxes in the $25 million prize. She matched all of the winning numbers in the Sep 14 multistate Powerball drawing. She said she had requested a Mega Millions ticket but wound up with that and the Powerball ticket and accepted both of them.
    (AP, 10/4/11)

2011        Oct 23, In Georgia Christopher Michael Hodges (26), a Tennessee National Guardsman training at the Fort Gordon military post, shot and killed sheriff's deputy James D. Paugh (47), then committed suicide on the side of the Bobby Jones Expressway. Hodges appeared to be drunk and was said to be firing at passing cars.
    (AP, 10/23/11)(SFC, 10/24/11, p.A6)

2011        Oct 26, In Atlanta, Georgia, helicopters hovered overhead as officers in riot gear arrested more than 50 Occupy Atlanta protesters at a downtown park.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2011        Nov 1, US federal authorities arrested four Georgia men, Frederick Thomas (73), Dan Roberts (67), Ray H. Adams (65) and Samuel J. Crump (68), accused of plotting to buy explosives and produce a deadly biological toxin to attack fellow citizens and government officials.
    (Reuters, 11/1/11)

2011        Nov 8, Georgia voters in 105 of 127 voted to end a century-old ban on the sale of alcohol on Sundays. 
    (SFC, 11/12/11, p.A8)

2011        Nov 28, Ginger White (46) of Georgia said that she and Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair that lasted nearly until the former businessman announced his candidacy for the White House several months ago.
    (AP, 11/28/11)

2011        Dec 2, In Canton, Georgia, Puerto Rico-born Jorelys Rivera (7) disappeared from a playground after her babysitter went home to fetch sodas for friends. The girl’s body was found on Dec 5 in a trash container and she appeared to have been severely beaten and sexually assaulted. On Dec 7 Ryan Brunn (20), a maintenance worker, was arrested for her murder. Brunn was found dead of an apparent suicide in his prison cell on Jan 19.
    (SFC, 12/6/11, p.A12)(SFC, 12/8/11, p.A14)(AP, 12/13/11)(AP, 1/19/12)

2011        Dec 4, In southeast Georgia 4 Army soldiers based at Fort Stewart killed Michael Roark (19), a former comrade, and his girlfriend, Tiffany York (17), to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks. On Aug 27, 2012, Pfc. Michael Burnett (26) gave testimony and pleaded guilty to manslaughter, illegal gang activity and other charges. He made a deal to cooperate with prosecutors against the three other soldiers.
    (AP, 8/27/12)

2011        Dec 16, In Atlanta, Georgia, rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down in a music studio as he was preparing to record a video.
    (AP, 12/16/11)

2012        Jan 29, Georgia’s House of Representatives unanimously passed a criminal-justice reform bill that revised sentencing laws to keep non-violent drug and property offenders out of prison. The state Senate did the same and Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed it into law.
    (Econ, 2/2/13, p.24)

2012        Feb 6, Georgia’s top court struck down a state law that restricted assisted suicides.
    (SFC, 2/7/12, p.A9)

2012        Feb 9, The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted 4-1 to grant a license to build two more nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in eastern Georgia.
    (SFC, 2/10/12, p.A9)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.34)

2012        Mar 2, A string of violent storms scratched away small towns in the South and Midwest as an early season tornado outbreak left 39 people in 5 states, including 14 in Indiana, 19 in Kentucky, 3 in Ohio and one each in Alabama and Georgia.
    (AP, 3/3/12)(http://tinyurl.com/6u9f2bp)(SFC, 3/5/12, p.A9)

2012        Mar 6, Georgia voters lifted a ban on Sunday sales of alcohol in 24 of 27 cities that put the issue on the ballot.
    (Econ, 3/17/12, p.33)
2012        Mar 6, Ten US states voted in the Super Tuesday Republican primaries. Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney edged out conservative rival Rick Santorum in the vital battleground of Ohio and won five of the night's other contests. Romney also notched victories in Alaska, Idaho, Vermont, Virginia and his home-state of Massachusetts, while Santorum won North Dakota, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Newt Gingrich carried his home state of Georgia.
    (SFC, 3/7/12, p.A6)(Econ, 3/10/12, p.18)

2012        Mar 16, In Georgia hot-air balloon pilot Edward Ristaino (63) ordered 5 skydivers to jump from his balloon at 4,000 feet as a sudden storm approached. The storm sucked up Ristaino’s balloon to some 17,000 feet. His body was found 3 days later about 8 miles from where the skydivers landed.
    (SFC, 3/20/12, p.A5)

2012        May 16, The new $1.4 billion int’l. air terminal opened at Hartsfeld-Jackson Atlanta Int’l. Airport.
    (SFC, 5/16/12, p.A8)

2012        Sep 13, A Ku Klux Klan chapter sued the state of Georgia for rejecting the white supremacist group's application to "adopt" a stretch of highway.
    (Reuters, 9/13/12)

2012        Sep 19, In Georgia a senior officials in charge of prisons resigned after a TV station broadcast graphic footage of prison inmates being brutally beaten and sodomized by guards.
    (SFC, 9/20/12, p.A2)

2012        Sep 27, Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said in videotaped remarks that evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" meant to convince people that they do not need a savior. Broun also said that he believes the Earth is about 9,000 years old and that it was made in six days.
    (AP, 10/6/12)

2012        Oct 15, In Georgia former US Army medic Christopher Jenderseck pleaded guilty to destroying clothing, shotgun shells and a cell phone following the Dec 4 killings of former soldier Michael Roark and his girlfriend Tiffany York. Jenderseck was one of 10 people accused of belonging to a group that plotted to bomb a Savannah park, poison apples in Washington state and assassinate the president. The group called itself FEAR (Forever Enduring, Always Ready).
    (SFC, 10/16/12, p.A4)(Econ, 4/20/13, p.30)

2012        Nov 3, Authorities in Atlanta, Georgia, said a 2-year-old girl was killed and her infant brother wounded after someone fired gunshots through the door of a home as they slept alongside their grandmother.
    (AP, 11/3/12)

2012        Nov 3, In Atlanta, Georgia, a police helicopter searching for a runaway boy (9) hit a power line pole and crashed killing ttwo offices. The boy was found wnadering on a street a couple of hours after the crash.
    (SFC, 11/5/12, p.A4)

2012        Nov 12, Over 100 rifles, including AK-style assault rifles, were stolen about this time from a boxcar parked at the CSX Tilford train yard near Atlanta, Georgia.
    (AP, 11/30/12)

2012        Nov 14, Voestalpine Metal Forming, a division of an Austrian steel company, broke ground on a $62 million facility in Bartown County, Georgia. Tax credits and incentives helped close the deal.
    (Econ, 4/27/13, p.27)

2012        Dec 11, In Georgia Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair (28) and Randy Lamar Wilson (25) were charged with conspiring to kill persons or damage property outside the US. FBI agents arrested Wilson at the Atlanta airport as he boarded a flight to Mauritania. Abukhdair was arrested at a bus station in Augusta. On April 19 Wilson pleaded guilty in Mobile, Ala., to one charge of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. On Dec 20, 2013, both men were sentenced to 15 years in prison.
    (SFC, 12/12/12, p.A5)(SFC, 4/19/13, p.A4)(SFC, 12/20/13, p.A6)

2012        Dec 21, A judge in Atlanta, Georgia, suspended a state law banning abortions for women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant.
    (SFC, 12/25/12, p.A8)

2013        Jan 30, A massive storm in the southeast US left at least 2 people dead in Georgia.
    (SFC, 1/31/13, p.A5)

2013        Mar 21, In Brunswick, Georgia, a teenager shot and killed the 13-month old son of Sherry West. Police the next day arrested De-Marquise Elkins (17) and a 14-year-old accomplice.
    (SSFC, 3/24/13, p.A13)

2013        Mar 29, Fulton County, Georgia, prosecutors announced that a grand jury had indicted the Atlanta Public Schools' ex-superintendent and nearly three dozen other former administrators, teachers, principals and other educators of charges arising from a standardized test cheating scandal on one of the nation’s largest test cheating scandals.
    (AP, 3/30/13)(SFC, 3/30/13, p.A4)

2013        Apr 10, In Atlanta, Georgia, Lauren Brown (55) lured firefighters to his home and held 4 hostage before being killed by a police SWAT team. The financially strapped man had demanded that his utilities be restored.
    (SFC, 4/12/13, p.A5)

2013        Apr 22, A US federal judge ruled that the government must release the names of Latin American military leaders it has trained at the installation formerly known as the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. The facility is now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. Names were released from 1994, but disclosure ended in 2004 under Pres. George W. Bush.
    (SFC, 4/24/13, p.E1)

2013        Nov 2, In Georgia, the burned body of Emani Moss, a 10-year-old girl, was found in a trash can at an apartment complex near Atlanta. Her father, Eman Moss, and stepmother, Tiffany  Moss, were soon charged with felony murder.
    (SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A10)

2013        Nov 13, NYSE Euronext became part of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), a 13-year-old outfit based in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (Econ, 11/16/13, p.79)

2014        Jan 8, Former Georgia banker Aubrey Lee Price (47) pleaded non guilty to stealing millions from investors before vanishing for 18 months. Prosecutors said he misspent, embezzled and lost some $21 million.
    (SFC, 1/9/14, p.A40)

2014        Jan 17, The US Election Assistance Comission denied requests from Arizona, Georgia and Kansas to modify the federal registration form for their residents. It said heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements would likely hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.
    (SSFC, 1/19/14, p.A8)

2014        Jan 28, A rare blast of snow, sleet and ice hit the US South, prompting schools to close, airlines to cancel flights and emergency officials to warn of icy roads. Forecasters predicted 1 to 2 inches of snow in parts of middle and north Georgia including the Atlanta area, prompting dozens of school closings. In Mississippi 4 people were killed in a fire in a mobile home blamed on a faulty space heater.
    (Reuters, 1/28/14)(SFC, 1/30/14, p.A8)

2014        Jan 29, A rare winter storm gripped the US South, killing five people in Alabama, stranding children overnight at their schools, gnarling traffic across many states and canceling flights at the world's busiest airport.  
    (Reuters, 1/29/14)

2014        Feb 20, In Georgia Sarah Jones (27), a camera assistant, was killed by a freight train on the set of the film “Midnight Rider." On July 3 prosecutors announced indictments against three filmmakers on charges of involuntary manslaughter. On March 9, 2015, director Randall Miller was sentenced to two years in jail as part of a plea deal.   
    (SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)(SFC, 3/10/15, p.A6)

2014        Apr 5, Atlanta’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory, in an effort to appease angry parishioners, said that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.
    (AP, 4/5/14)

2014        Apr 23, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation that will allow people to carry guns in bars, churches and government buildings under certain conditions as of July 1.
    (SFC, 4/24/14, p.A8)

2014        Apr 29, In Georgia a FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest opened fire at a packaging sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide.
    (SFC, 4/30/14, p.A6)

2014        May 31, A former Georgia National Guard fatally shot an off-duty police officer outside a restaurant in Griffin. In 2017 Michael Bowman was convicted and faced a possible death sentence for killing police officer Kevin Jordan.
    (AP, 2/17/17)

2014        Jun 5, In Georgia Aubrey Lee Price (47), a former investment advisor, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud for loosing millions in investor’s money. He had vanished and was declared dead until arrested in a routine traffic stop.
    (SFC, 6/6/14, p.A6)

2014        Jun 6, In Georgia Dennis Marx, wielding an assault rifle and explosives, opened fire outside a courthouse in Cumming. He wounded a deputy before he was killed in a shootout.
    (SFC, 6/7/14, p.A5)

2014        Jun 17, Georgia inmate Marcus Wellons was executed by lethal injection for killing his neighbor (15) in 1989.
    (SFC, 6/18/14, p.A9)

2014        Jun 23, In Atlanta, Ga., the new $75 million National Center for Civil and Human Rights opened.
    (SFC, 6/24/14, p.A6)

2014        Sep 19, A US federal jurty in Georgia convicted Stewart Parnell, the owner of former Peanut Corp. of America, and two others in a 2007 salmonella outbreak that left hundreds sickened several people dead.
    (SFC, 9/20/14, p.A7)

2014        Dec 22, Federal authorities in Atlanta charged Mark Quentin Henry (45) and four others with taking guns aboard at least 17 commercial airliners this year as they traveled from Atlanta to both NYC airports. 153 guns, all bought in Georgia, were seized during a 7-month gun trafficking probe.
    (SFC, 12/24/14, p.A6)

2015        Jan 13, Andrew Howard Brannan (66), a US Vietnam veteran, was executed in Georgia for the 1998 killing of shefiff’s deputy Kyle Dinkheller (22), who had stopped him for speeding.
    (SFC, 1/14/15, p.A6)

2015        Jan 21, It was reported that an Alabama man was cited by police in Georgia for eating a cheeseburger while driving issued under the state’s distracted driving law.
    (SFC, 1/21/15, p.A6)

2015        Jan 31, In Georgia (USA) 5 relatives and a friend were found slain inside a home in LaGrange. Investigators suspected the victims had been dead for three days. On Feb 2 authorities said suspect Thomas J. Lee (26) has been arrested at a bus station in Tupelo, Mississippi.
    (SFC, 2/2/15, p.A5)(AP, 2/3/15)

2015        Feb 7, In Georgia, USA, Cedric Prather (33) shot and killed 4 people, including his ex-wife and several children, and wounded two others at a home in Douglasville before fatally shooting himself.
    (SSFC, 2/8/15, p.A9)(SFC, 2/9/15, p.A6)

2015        Mar 9, In Georgia police Officer Robert Olsen shot and killed Anthony Hill, a naked and unarmed black man, at an apartment complex in Chamblee. In October a grand jury recommended further investigation in the case. On Jan 21, 2016, a grand jury indicted Olsen on charges including felony murder. On October 14, 2019, Olsen was found not guilty of murder, but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges.
    (SFC, 3/11/15, p.A6)(SFC, 10/30/15, p.A6)(SFC, 1/22/16, p.A7)(SFC, 10/15/19, p.A4)

2015        Apr 1, In Atlanta, Georgia, eleven former educators were convicted of racketeering charges for their roles in a public schools cheating scandal.
    (SFC, 4/2/15, p.A6)

2015        Apr 2, A US jury ordered automaker Chrysler to pay $150 million to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed when their Jeep exploded into flames. Remington Walden was killed in March 2012 in the US state of Georgia when a car rear-ended the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was in, causing the fuel tank behind the car's rear axle to leak and set the car on fire.
    (AP, 4/3/15)

2015        Apr 14, In Atlanta, Georgia, eight of ten educators convicted of racketeering in a public school cheating scandal were sentenced from one to seven years in prison.
    (SFC, 4/15/15, p.A5)

2015        Apr 22, A fiery interstate crash left 5 nursing students dead in Georgia. In 2016 Louisiana truck driver John Wayne Johnson (56) pleaded guilty nine counts including five counts of first-degree vehicular manslaughter and was sentenced to five years in prison.
    (http://tinyurl.com/zz8od6s)(SFC, 7/15/16, p.A6)

2015        Apr 24, Valdosta Univ. in Georgia cancelled classes. Student demonstrators, who walked on an American flag to protest racism a week earlier, sparked a counter movement, prompting the university to cancel classes ahead of a rally expected to draw large crowds of flag supporters.
    (AP, 4/24/15)

2015        Apr 30, Atlanta police shot and killed a handcuffed black woman after she fired on two officers from inside a patrol car.
    (AP, 5/1/15)

2015        May 8, In Georgia a small passenger plane crashed in I-285 near Atlanta, killing all 4 people aboard.
    (SFC, 5/9/15, p.A7)

2015        Jul 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown (22), the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died in hospice care. She had been found unresponsive in a bathtub last January in her suburban Atlanta home. In 2016 a judge ordered her partner, Nick Gordon, to pay $36.25 million in her wrongful-death case. An autopsy declared that drug intoxication and immersion in water were the cause of the pneumonia and brain damage that ultimately led to Brown's death.
    (http://tinyurl.com/vu87yu3)(SFC, 11/17/16, p.A10)

2015        Aug 14, A US court hearing on the fate of 18 beluga whales captured in Russia pitted federal regulators against the Georgia aquarium seeking to bring them to the US.
    (Reuters, 8/14/15)

2015        Aug 15, Julian Bond (b.1940, former Georgia state Representative and Senator, died in Florida. He helped start the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee. In 1998 he was elected chairman of the NAACP and served for ten years.
    (SFC, 8/17/15, p.A12)

2015        Sep 30, The US state of Georgia early today executed Kelly Gissendaner (47), its first woman in 70 years, despite an appeal for clemency by Pope Francis. She had been sentenced to death after being found guilty of conspiring to murder her husband in February, 1997. Her lover, Gregory Owen, who did the killing, was serving a life sentence and eligible for parole in 2022.
    (AFP, 9/30/15)(SFC, 9/30/15, p.A7)

2015        Nov 9, Timothy R. Johnson (53) of Georgia filed a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging arrest without probable cause and malicious persecution. In 2013 he was exonerated of the 1984 killing of Taressa Stanley for which he served 29 years in prison.
    (SFC, 11/12/15, p.A7)

2015        Nov 20, Georgia sheriff’s deputies used stun guns multiple times on a handcuffed man in the back of a vehicle. Chase Sherman (32) of Destin, Fla., died shortly after the struggle on an interstate highway.
    (SFC, 5/21/16, p.A5)

2015        Dec 7, Two Afghan men failed to report to maintenance training with the 81st Fighter Squadron while training with the US military at a base in south Georgia.
    (AP, 12/11/15)

2016        Mar 7, In Atlanta, Georgia, a fire engulfed a boarding house in Atlanta, killing six people.
    (AFP, 3/7/16)(SFC, 3/8/16, p.A7)

2016        Mar 31, In Georgia Joshua Bishop was executed at the state prison in Jackson for the 1994 killing of leverett Morrison.
    (SFC, 4/1/16, p.A6)

2016        Apr 10, Rev. Rene Robert (71) was last seen alive in his St. Augustine, Fl. Apartment. In April his body was found in the woods of Georgia following the arrest of Steven Murray, who led police to Robert’s body. Robert had been trying for months to help Murray.
    (SFC, 1/30/17, p.A4)

2016        Apr 12, In Georgia Kenneth Fults (47) was executed for killing his neighbor during a burglary in 1996. This was the state’s 4th execution this year.
    (SFC, 4/13/16, p.A4)

2016        Apr 27, The US state of Georgia executed Daniel Anthony Lucas (37) for the April 23, 1998, killings of a trucking company owner and his two children during a home burglary near Macon.
    (SFC, 4/28/16, p.A6)

2016        May 14, In the US state of Georgia 5 people were found dead in a house fire in Colquitt County. Investigators later said the 5 people had been shot dead and the blaze was set to cover up the crimes. Jeffrey Alan Peacock (25) was later arrested for murder and arson.
    (SFC, 5/21/16, p.A5)

2016        Aug 18, The US Justice Department filed a brief in a Georgia lawsuit that said holding a defendant in jail simply because they can’t afford a fixed bail amount is unconstitutional.
    (CSM, 8/21/16)

2016        Sep 25, In Atlanta, Georgia, Diane McIver (63) was shot and killed  by her husband as they rode home in a car driven by a friend. Mr. McIver later said his gun went off accidentally as he awoke in a traffic jamb. Mr. McIver later faced murder charges following counts of interfering with witnesses.
    (Econ 7/8/17, p.27)

2016        Oct 9, Almost 2.2 million homes and businesses were without power morning after Hurricane Matthew pummeled Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina with heavy rain and wind.
    (Reuters, 10/9/16)

2016        Nov 16, Georgia executed Steven Frederick Spears (54) for the 2001 slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Sherri Holland. This was the state’s 8th execution this year.
    (SFC, 11/17/16, p.A8)

2016        Nov 18, In Georgia US Marshall Patrick Carothers (53) died after being shot twice while trying to serve a warrant to Dontrell Montese Carter in rural Long County. Other officers returned fire killing Carter, who was wanted on charges of attempted murder of police officers.
    (SFC, 11/19/16, p.A6)

2016        Nov 29, US President-elect Donald Trump nominated Tom Price as health secretary, indicating he plans to fulfill a campaign promise to tear up the divisive healthcare reform law. The congressman from Georgia and former orthopedic surgeon has been a fierce Obamacare critic.
    (AFP, 11/29/16)

2016        Dec 6, Georgia executed William Sallie for the 1990 shooting death of his father-in-law, John Lee Moore. This was the state’s 9th execution this year, the most of any US state.
    (SFC, 12/7/16, p.A10)

2016        Dec 7, In Americus, Georgia, a man fatally shot police Officer Nicholas Smarr and wounded Officer Jody Smith before fleeing an apartment complex near Georgia Southwestern State Univ. Smith died of his wounds the next day and suspect Minquell Lembrick was found dead at a home where he was hiding.
    (SFC, 12/8/16, p.A7)(SFC, 12/9/16, p.A6)

2017        Jan 2, A powerful storm across the US south left four people dead when a tree fell on their mobile home in Rehobeth, Alabama. A woman in Georgia and a man in Florida were also killed.
    (SFC, 1/3/17, p.A4)(SFC, 1/4/17, p.A12)

2017        Jan 22, In Georgia (US) 14 people died in weekend tornadoes and thunderstorms, with seven dying in Cook County in the southern part of the state.
    (Reuters, 1/23/17)

2017        Feb 7, US federal prosecutors said Jermine Prosper (39), native of Guyana, was sentenced last week to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to smuggling dozens of guns. He had legally purchased about 50 guns in the Atlanta and smuggled them in shipping barrels to Guyana, where they were sold on the streets.
    (AP, 2/7/17)

2017        Feb 16, A jury convicted former Georgia National Guard sergeant of fatally shooting an off-duty police officer outside a restaurant in Griffin nearly three years ago. Michael Bowman faced a possible death sentence following the Troup County jury's verdict in the May 31, 2014, killing of Griffin police officer Kevin Jordan.
    (AP, 2/17/17)

2017        Feb 25, In Atlanta the Democratic Party’s 447 National Committee members elected former Obama labor secretary Tom Perez to be their new party chair. Perez became the first Latino to hold the post. Perez tapped runner-up Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as deputy chair.
    (SSFC, 2/26/17, p.A11)

2017        Mar 10, The US 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled 2-1 that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t protect against workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
    (SFC, 3/14/17, p.A8)

2017        Mar 30, In Atlanta, Ga., a fire caused a portion of I-85 to collapse. Basil Eleby was arrested the next day in connection with the fire.
    (SSFC, 4/2/17, p.A5)

2017        Apr 13, In Atlanta, Ga., Zachariah Hunnicutt was shot and killed on a Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit train. Three other people were wounded. A suspect was detained.
    (SFC, 4/15/17, p.A6)
2017        Apr 13, Two Georgia police officers were fired after being videotaped beating motorist Demetrius Hollins (21) in Lawrenceville. Sgt. Michael Bongiovanni and Master Police Officer Robert McDonald faced a criminal investigation.
    (SSFC, 4/16/17, p.A7)

2017        Apr 24, In Savannah, Ga., a shooting in a home involving gang members left three people dead. A person of interest in the case was arrested.
    (SFC, 4/25/17, p.A5)

2017        May 7, Emergency officials in south Georgia’s Charlton County ordered a mandatory evacuation for all of St, George and Moniac as a wildfire, sparked by lightning on April 6 in the Okefenokee Swamp, grew close.
    (SFC, 5/9/17, p.A12)

2017        May 11, Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the heroin epidemic is driving up hepatitis C infections. New infections had tripled in five years to about 2,400 in 2015.
    (SFC, 5/11/17, p.A5)

2017        May 27, Gregg Allman, Southern Rock singer and organist of the Allman Brothers Band, died at his home in Savannah, Ga.
    (SSFC, 5/28/17, p.C9)

2017        Jun 3, US federal contractor Reality Leigh Winner (25) was arrested in Augusta, Georgia, following the leak of a classified intelligence report that suggests Russian hackers attacked at least one US voting software supplier days before last year's presidential election. The indictment was filed on June 8 in US District Court charging Winner with a single count of illegally retaining and transmitting national defense information.
    (AP, 6/6/17)(AP, 6/8/17)

2017        Jun 13, In Georgia inmates Donnie Russell Rowe (43) and Ricky Dubose (24) escaped after disarming and killing Baldwin State Prison officers Christopher Monica and Curtis Billue on a transport bus. Both inmates were captured on June 15 in Christiana, Tenn.
    (SFC, 6/14/17, p.A5)(SFC, 6/16/17, p.A5)

2017        Jun 20, In Georgia Republican Karen Handel won a congressional election with almost 53% of the vote in a race recognized as the most expensive House history with a price tag that might exceed $50 million.
    (SFC, 6/21/17, p.A4)

2017        Jul 6, In Georgia four children and their father were found stabbed to death in a home in Loganville outside Atlanta. A 5th girl (9) survived and was hospitalized. Police charged the mother Isabel Martinez with five counts of murder and six counts of aggravated assault.
    (SFC, 7/7/17, p.A4)(SFC, 7/8/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 7, In Georgia, police shot and killed Brian Easley (33), said to be homeless Marine Corps veteran inside a bank in Marietta following an hours-long standoff. Easley had claimed to have a bomb.
    (SFC, 7/8/17, p.A5)

2017        Jul 29, Equifax, an Atlanta-based credit monitoring company, was hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Equifax reported the hack on September 7.
    (AP, 9/8/17)(Econ, 9/16/17, p.70)

2017        Aug 6, In Atlanta, Georgia, rapper Yung Mazi, aka Jabril Abdur-Rahman (31), was shot and killed outside a pizza shop. A suspect ran from the scene.
    (SFC, 8/8/17, p.A6)

2017        Aug 7, Chantek (39), a male orangutan, died at Zoo Atlanta. He was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant.
    (Reuters, 8/8/17)

2017        Sep 7, Equifax, an Atlanta-based credit monitoring company, said it been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen. Equifax discovered the hack on July 29.
    (AP, 9/8/17)

2017        Sep 11, Florida and Georgia state officials and utilities said about 5.8 million homes and businesses have lost power due to Hurricane Irma.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)
2017        Sep 11,  Delta Air Lines Inc said it would cancel about 800 flights as it braced for Tropical Storm Irma at its Atlanta hub.
    (Reuters, 9/11/17)

2017        Sep 12, The World Health Organization said Hurricane Irma has left about 17,000 people in desperate need of shelter and has devastated hospitals and health clinics across the eastern Caribbean islands. At least 43 were left dead in the Caribbean and at least 11 in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
    (AP, 9/12/17)(Reuters, 9/12/17)

2017        Sep 16, Georgia Tech police shot Scout Shultz (21), the president of the Pride Alliance student group this evening, after he failed to drop a knife. Shultz died of his wounds early the next day at an Atlanta hospital. Three suicide notes were found in Schultz’s dorm room.
    (SFC, 9/18/17 p.A4)(SFC, 9/19/17 p.A6)

2017        Sep 29, In Georgia police officer Kristin Hearne (29) was shot and killed and another officer was wounded when they approached a stolen car in Polk County. Two suspects were arrested.
    (SFC, 9/30/17, p.A6)

2017        Dec 17, A fire caused an 11-hour power outage at Atlanta’s airport in Georgia leading to the cancellation of more than 1,500 flights.
    (SFC, 12/20/17, p.A5)

2017        Dec 21, Georgia state’s utility regulators allowed construction to continue on two new nuclear reactors despite massive cost overruns. They were approved in 2012 and initially estimated to cost $14 billion.
    (SFC, 12/22/17, p.A4)

2017        Dec 29, Architect John Portman (b.1924) died in Atlanta. He had revolutionized hotel designs with soaring futuristic atriums. His work included the Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, the Peachtree Center in Atlanta and the Renaissance Center in Detroit. His work also transformed Asian skylines from Shanghai to Mumbai.
    (SSFC, 12/31/17, p.C9)

2018        Feb 9, In Georgia (US) a police officer was killed and two deputies seriously wounded following an attempt to arrest suspect Tierre Guthrie (39) in Locust Grove.
    (SFC, 2/10/18, p.A6)

2018        Feb 12, In Atlanta, Georgia, Timothy Cunningham (35), an epidemic intelligence officer working for the Centers of disease Control and Prevention, went missing. His body was found seven weeks later in water and mud on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta.
    (SFC, 2/26/18, p.A4)(SFC, 4/7/18, p.A6)

2018        Mar 1, Police in Atlanta, Georgia, arrested Jesse Randall Davidson (53), a social studies teacher at Dalton High School, after he barricaded himself alone in a classroom and fired a hand gun out a window. No motives were given. Davidson had been hospitalized at least 3 times in recent years as people worried about his state of mind.
    (SFC, 3/2/18, p.A5)(SFC, 3/3/18, p.A6)

2018        Mar 15, The US state of Georgia executed Carlton Gary (67), known as the "stocking strangler," for raping and killing three elderly women in the 1977-1978. Nine women had been attacked and seven of them died.
    (SFC, 3/16/18, p.A5)

2018        May 2, An aging C-130 Hercules that rescued and resupplied US citizens after last year's hurricanes crashed onto a Georgia highway during what was supposed to be its final flight, killing all nine Puerto Ricans on board.
    (AP, 5/3/18)

2018        May 4, The US state of Georgia executed Robert Earl Butts Jr. (40) for the 1996 slaying of off-duty prison guard Donovan Corey Parks. A case against Marion Wilson Jr., also convicted in the slaying, was still pending.
    (SFC, 5/5/18, p.A6)

2018        May 18, In the southern US state of Georgia one person was killed and another wounded when shots were fired after a high school graduation ceremony late today in Jonesboro. Two people were soon arrested.
    (AFP, 5/19/18)(SSFC, 5/20/18, p.A12)

2018        Jun 11, A US federal judge in Atlanta sentenced Texas-born Edgar Valdez Villareal (44) to nearly five decades in prison for importing cocaine from Mexico into the US. He was also ordered to forfeit $192 million.
    (SFC, 6/12/18, p.A6)

2018        Jun 21, Georgia police Officer Zechariah Presley fatally shot Anthony Marcel Green (33), a black man who was running away from him. Presley surrendered surrendered and was arrested on June 27 on charges of voluntary manslaughter following warrants for his arrest.
    (SFC, 6/29/18, p.A7)

2018        Jul 25, Georgia lawmaker Jason Spencer said he will resign following racial slurs yelled out on the July 22 cable TV show of provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen.
    (SFC, 7/26/18, p.A6)

2018        Oct 10, Category 4 Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida Panhandle and charged into Georgia leaving at least three people dead. By Oct. 28 the death toll over the storm's path from Florida to Virginia reached 45 with 35 dead in Florida.
    (AP, 10/10/18)(SFC, 10/11/18, p.A6)(SFC, 10/12/18, p.A5)(SFC, 10/29/18, p.A5)

2018        Oct 20, Georgia police Officer Antwan Toney (30) was fatally shot while responding to a suspicious vehicle parked near a middle school near Snellville. The vehicle crashed a short time later and four people were seen running from the scene. Police identified Tafahree Maynard (18) as the man who shot Toney. Isiah Pretlow (19) was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. On October 22 police in the Atlanta area shot and killed Maynard during a door to door search. 
    (SSFC, 10/21/18, p.A14)(SFC, 10/22/18, p.A6)

2018        Nov 9, In Macon, Georgia, Jermaine Bernard Anthony (39), on trial for child molestation, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
    (SFC, 11/10/18, p.A6)

2018        Dec 20, In Atlanta, Georgia, four people were killed in a business jet crash. They included Wei Chen, founder and CEO of Memphis-based Sunshine Enterprise Inc., and three co-workers.
    (AP, 12/21/18)

2019        Jan 25, In Georgia Daylon Delon Gamble (27) killed four people and wounded a man in a pair of shootings in Rockmart. Gamble was arrested in Indiana on Jan. 27.
    (SFC, 1/26/19, p.A6)(SFC, 1/29/19, p.A4)

2019        Feb 3, In Atlanta the New England Patriots won their sixth title by lumbering their way to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Superbowl LIII.
    (AP, 2/4/19)
2019        Feb 3, Rapper 21 Savage was taken into federal immigration custody in the Atlanta area. The Grammy-nominated artist is a British citizen who entered the US legally in 2005 but overstayed his visa.
    (SFC, 2/4/19, p.A4)

2019        Feb 11, Federal health officials warned that a landfill fire, burning for nearly five months south of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Int'l. Airport, may cause headaches and respiratory irritation.
    (SFC, 2/16/19, p.A5)

2019        Apr 13, In Texas two children were killed and about a dozen people injured after powerful storms spawned at least one tornado in Lufkin. Over the next 24 hours the storm left at least 8 people dead and 90,000 people without power in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
    (SSFC, 4/14/19, p.A12)(SFC, 4/15/19, p.A5)

2019        May 19, In Atlanta, Georgia, Robert Smith, a billionaire technology investor, pledged to eliminate stident debt for the entire 2019 class at Morehouse College.
    (SFC, 5/20/19, p.A4)

2019        Jul 2, A new US federal lawsuit accused Georgia's Department of Driver Services of discriminating against Puerto Rican driver's license applicants.
    (AP, 7/2/19)

2019        Jul 6, In Georgia seven people were killed in a chain-reaction highway crash on I-85 about 80 miles northeast of Atlanta.
    (SFC, 7/8/19, p.A4)

2019        Jul 7, In Georgia sheriff's Deputy Nicholas Dixon (28) was shot and killed in Gainesville as deputies tried to stop a stolen vehicle. Hector Garcia was arrested and charged with felony murder.
    (SFC, 7/9/19, p.A5)

2019        Jul 17, Georgia police found Jerrica Spellman (29) and her children, including an infant girl, stabbed in a Columbus apartment late today. They charged her live-in boyfriend, Travane Brandon Jackson (27), with four counts of murder.
    (AP, 7/18/19)

2019        Aug 8, Khabir Daniel, a Georgia state ice cream man and convicted child molester, was sentenced to 25 years in prison and life on probation for raping a 14-year-old girl inside his work truck.
    (AP, 8/9/19)

2019        Aug 15, A federal judge ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after this year and to be ready with hand-marked paper ballots if its new system isn't in place for the presidential primaries.
    (AP, 8/15/19)

2019        Aug 16, A Georgia boy (17) was arrested at Wheeler High School in Marietta. He was accused of bringing a loaded 9mm gun on his school bus and to his high school, which was subsequently locked down amid threats.
    (AP, 8/21/19)

2019        Aug 20, In Georgia four female college students were wounded when a gunman opened fire into a crowd of 200 people at a block party outside a library near Clark Atlanta University. The shooter escaped in the chaos.
    (AP, 8/21/19)

2019        Sep 8, The US Coast Guard said rescuers are looking for four crew members who are unaccounted for after a vessel overturned near a Georgia port. The Golden Ray cargo ship carrying 4,200 vehicles ran into trouble early today when it listed heavily in St. Simon Sound. Oil from the ship soon reached several parts of the Georgia coastline.
    (AP, 9/8/19)(SFC, 9/25/19, p.A5)

2019        Sep 15, In Georgia Michael Wayne Jones Jr. crashed his van in Brantley County. He told responding officers that his dead wife was in the back of the vehicle. She had been dead for weeks. Jones later told the police that he could lead them to the remains of his wife’s four children, ages 1-10. Casei Jones (32) of Summerfield, Florida, and her four children were declared missing a day earlier, but had not been seen by her family in six weeks.
    (NY Times, 9/17/19)

2019        Sep 16, A homeowner in Georgia state shot and killed three young masked men at his home early today. The three teens allegedly approached the home and attempted to rob three people in the front yard.
    (ABC News, 9/16/19)

2019        Sep 27, US federal agents conducted a search of Clio Laboratories in Lawrenceville, Georgia, as part of a nationwide crackdown into genetic-testing fraud against federal health insurance programs. Operation "Double Helix" targeted telemarketing companies, doctors and labs that enticed seniors to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests.
    (Reuters, 9/27/19)(SSFC, 9/29/19, p.A7)

2019        Oct 3, US scientists said more than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the midst of what’s being called a “flash drought" that’s cracking farm soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires. The weekly US Drought Monitor report showed extreme drought conditions in parts of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida panhandle.
    (AP, 10/3/19)

2019        Oct 7, Oprah Winfrey announced she would give $13 million to her scholarship program at Morehouse College -- a private, historically black men's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
    (Good Morning America, 10/9/19)

2019        Oct 18, Former Georgia police officer Zechariah Presley, who fatally shot an unarmed, fleeing black man, was sentenced to one year in prison, nearly two weeks after a jury acquitted him of manslaughter charges but found him guilty of violating his oath of office. Presley was also given four years of probation in the June 2018 killing of Tony Green (33).
    (AP, 10/18/19)

2019        Oct 20, Three US Army soldiers were killed during training early today at Fort Stewart in Georgia. One soldier was killed and three others were injured early today during an Army helicopter accident at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) and Fort Polk training area in Louisiana.
    (AP, 10/20/19)

2019        Oct 30, In Georgia two person were killed when a Piper PA-28 plane crashed into a townhome in the Atlanta area.
    (AP, 10/30/19)(SFC, 8/31/19, p.A4)

2019        Nov 8, Atlanta police said the body of Alexis Crawford (21) was found at a park in DeKalb County. A suspect led investigators to where Crawford's body was found. Crawford, a Clark Atlanta University student, had filed a police report on Oct. 27 describing "unwanted kissing and touching" by Barron Brantley (21), the boyfriend of her roommate, Jordyn Jones. Crawford was reported missing on Nov. 1.
    (AP, 11/8/19)

2019        Nov 10, Winfred off-duty sheriff's deputy Terrell Adams (32) killed Univ. of Georgia graduate student Benjamin Lloyd Cloer (26) during a domestic dispute. Adams said he shot the man because his wife was cheating on him.
    (https://tinyurl.com/yx7pn9cy)(SSFC, 2/16/20, p.A8)

2019        Nov 12, In Georgia a road rage that began on a metro Atlanta freeway led a gunman to open fire into a carload of five people after they turned onto a nearby street, killing one of them and critically wounding another.
    (AP, 11/13/19)

2019        Nov 20, Joe Biden sought to turn Donald Trump's impeachment to his own advantage at the fifth Democrat presidential debate, declaring it showed he was the candidate the president feared most. Bernie Sanders called the president a "pathological liar." Elizabeth Warren said she had already decided to convict Mr Trump in a Senate trial. Speaking on stage at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, California Senator Kamala Harris went after Hawaii Representative Tulsi Gabbard on foreign policy. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker took on former Vice President Joe Biden over marijuana. And Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar characterized South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as inexperienced.
    (The Telegraph, 11/21/19)(Bloomberg, 11/20/19)

2019        Dec 4, Georgia's Rep. Gov. Brian Kemp formally announced his selection of Kelly Loeffler, pushing aside intense criticism from hard-core Trump advocates who wanted Kemp to appoint Rep. Doug Collins, one of Trump’s staunchest defenders in Congress.
    (AP, 12/4/19)

2019        Dec 8, In Atlanta, Georgia, Zozibini Tunzi (b.1993), South African model, was crowned Miss Universe 2019. Tunzi had previously been crowned Miss South Africa 2019. She is the third woman from South Africa to win the title, and the first black woman since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss Universe 2011.

2019        Dec 18, A grand jury in Savannah, Georgia, returned an indictment bringing a new murder charge against Samuel Little (79). He has confessed to more than 90 killings from Florida to California, prompting detectives with cold cases from across the US to seek interviews with Little at the Texas prison where he's already serving multiple life sentences. The FBI has called Little the deadliest serial killer in US history.
    (AP, 12/19/19)

2019        Dec 19, Election officials in the US state of Georgia restored some 22,000 voters after purging 308,753 from voter rolls on Dec. 16, citing an error in the way their voting history had been screened.
    (SFC, 12/20/19, p.A6)

2019        Dec 27, A US federal judge denied an attempt to restore about 98,000 voters in Georgia to the state's electoral rolls after they were removed earlier this month upon being classified as "inactive".
    (Reuters, 12/28/19)

2019        Dec 29, US Congressman John Lewis of Georgia announced that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer, vowing he will stay in office and fight the disease.
    (AP, 12/30/19)

2020        Jan 6, Kelly Loeffler (49), a wealthy Republican donor and businesswoman, was sworn in as Georgia's new US senator, replacing former Sen. Johnny Isakson (75), who resigned in December amid poor health. She has pledged $20 million of her own fortune to win the seat in November.
    (The Week, 1/7/20)

2020        Jan, Michael John Helterbrand was arested with two other men in Georgia(US) for conspiring to kill members of an anti-fascist group. They were members of the Base, a violent white supremacist group.
    (SFC, 4/25/20, p.A3)

2020        Feb 23, In Georgia (US) Ahmaud Arbery (25) was shot and killed while jogging in Savannah. A video of the shooting soon emerged. Two white men said they suspected he had committed a recent burglary.
    (SFC, 5/7/20, p.A4)(SFC, 5/22/19, p.A4)

2020        Mar 8, In Atlanta, Georgia, a fatal shooting over a parking spot outside an upscale mall left Thuan Nguyen (31) dead. Police soon identified Ricky James LaFargue (19), who was not yet arrested, as the shooter.
    (SFC, 3/18/20, p.A4) 

2020        Mar 11, The US state of Georgia has 23 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus so far.
    (AP, 3/11/20)

2020        Mar 15, In Georgia seven people were dead after a shooting incident initially reported as a murder-suicide in Moncure, Chatham County. The victims included the suspected shooter.
    (Charlotte Observer, 3/16/20)

2020        Mar 20, It was reported that Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina and chairman of the Intelligence Committee, sold hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of stock before the markets plunged. Three other senators — Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California; James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma; and Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia — also sold major holdings, according to disclosure records.
    (NY Times, 3/20/20)
2020        Mar 20, American country singer Kenny Rogers (81) died in Sandy Springs, Georgia. During his six-decade, genre-hopping career, Rogers released 65 albums and sold more than 165 million records.
    (Reuters, 3/21/20)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Rogers)

2020        Mar 21, Primaries scheduled for Georgia, Maryland, Indiana, Connecticut and Kentucky were all reported postponed to May or June due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (AP, 3/21/20)

2020        Mar 27, Civil rights leader and MLK aide Rev. Joseph E. Lowery (98) died in Atlanta. In 2009, Pres. Barack Obama awarded Lowery the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
    (AP, 3/27/20)

2020        Apr 6, CVS Health Corp launched two new drive-through COVID-19 testing sites in Georgia and Rhode Island using testing equipment made by Abbott Laboratories, with up to four more locations to follow.
    (AP, 4/6/20)

2020        Apr 9, Georgia postponed primary elections for the second time this year because of the coronavirus, pushing back primaries scheduled for May to June.
    (AP, 4/9/20)

2020        Apr 10, A nursing home in Georgia announced that 70 of its residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Three of those residents have been hospitalized.
    (ABC News, 4/11/20)
2020        Apr 10, Christopher Parris of Georgia was arrested for trying to defraud the Veterans Affairs Department out of millions of dollars, in one of the first big coronavirus related fraud cases brought by the Justice Department's new COVID-19 Hoarding and Price Gouging task force.
    (CBS News, 4/10/20)

2020        Apr 13, Severe weather swept across the southern US overnight, killing more than 30 people and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian Mountains. Eleven people were killed in Mississippi. Nine people died in South Carolina. Coroners said eight were killed in Georgia. Tennessee officials said three people were killed in and around Chattanooga, and others died under falling trees or inside collapsed buildings in Arkansas and North Carolina.
    (AP, 4/13/20)(AP, 4/13/20)

2020        Apr 17, Tyson Foods said four of its employees have died in southwest Georgia after becoming infected with the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 4/18/20, p.A5)

2020        Apr 20, The governors of Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee said they would start relaxing restrictions intended to curb the spread of the virus.
    (NY Times, 4/21/20)

2020        Apr 22, President Trump said that he disagreed with Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, who is allowing some businesses to reopen this week. “I think it’s too soon," Mr. Trump said.
    (NY Times, 4/23/20)

2020        Apr 23, In the US state of Georgia the number of coronavirus cases rose past 21,000 with 847 deaths.
    (SFC, 4/24/20, p.A8)

2020        Apr 24, In Georgia some businesses took the first steps toward reopening as the Republican governor eased a month-long shutdown amid experts’ warnings of a potential new surge in coronavirus infections and a potent objection from President Donald Trump.
    (AP, 4/24/20)

2020        Apr 27, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp allowed dine-in restaurant service and movie screenings to resume, despite warnings that, without sufficient testing, the state could see a surge in infections.
    (AP, 4/28/20)

2020        May 1, Ohio and Texas pushed ahead with a phased relaxation of restrictions that U.S. states put in place weeks ago to curb the coronavirus pandemic, as Georgia took another step toward a full restart by allowing all businesses to reopen.
    (Reuters, 5/1/20)

2020        May 7, In Georgia (US) Gregory and Travis McMichael were booked into the Glynn County Jail in the Feb. 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.
    (AP, 5/8/20)

2020        May 9, In Georgia (US) a 5-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his brother after finding a gun while playing in the woods in Griffin.
    (CBS News, 5/13/20)

2020        May 21, Authorities in Georgia arrested William "Roddie" Bryan (50), the man who filmed the Feb. 23 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery (25).
    (SFC, 5/22/19, p.A4)

2020        May 29, In Georgia Momodou Lamin Sisay (39), the son of a Gambia diplomat, was shot by police after a car chase. The police said he had produced a gun. Gambia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs soon called for an investigation.
    (AP, 6/3/20)
2020        May 29, Georgia's confirmed cases of the coronavirus rose to 5,260 as Gov. Brian Kemp announced plans to ease restrictions meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 5/30/20, p.A6)

2020        May 31, Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said two police officers have been fired and three others placed on desk duty over excessive use of force during a protest arrest incident involving two college students.
    (AP, 5/31/20)

2020        Jun 5, A small plane crashed in rural Georgia killing all five people on board, including four members of a Florida family traveling to a funeral in Indiana.
    (SSFC, 6/7/20, p.A6)

2020        Jun 12, A black man died after a white police officer shot him at a Wendy’s in Atlanta late today, prompting more protests. Rayshard Brooks (27) had run from the police after failing a sobriety test and taking an officer’s Taser during a struggle with him. On June 14 the police department announced the firing of Officer Garrett Rolfe. Officer Devin Brosnan was placed on administrative duty.
    (NY Times, 6/14/20)(AP, 6/14/20)

2020        Jun 13, Atlanta's Police Chief Erika Shields resigned hours after Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot by an officer in a struggle following a field sobriety test. Authorities said the slain man had grabbed an officer's Taser, but was running away when he was shot. Protesters set fire to the Wendy’s restaurant where Brooks was fatally shot and blocked traffic on a nearby highway.
    (AP, 6/13/20)

2020        Jun 14, Authorities in Georgia announced that Rayshard Brooks’s death was a homicide after Atlanta police shot him twice in the back on June 12 outside a Wendy’s. Photos emerged that appear to show a white woman setting fire to the Wendy’s during protests over the death of Rayshard Brooks. Police offer a $10,000 reward to find her and other suspected arsonists.
    (The Independent, 6/14/20)(The Independent, 6/15/20)

2020        Jun 16, Atlanta’s mayor vowed to change police use-of-force policies and require that officers receive continuous training in how to deescalate situations before the consequences become fatal.
    (AP, 6/16/20)

2020        Jun 17, It was reported that the US Senate Ethics Committee has cleared Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler of wrongdoing in connection with stock trades, after the wealthy Republican - who is in a tough election race - was criticized over share sales during the coronavirus outbreak.
    (Reuters, 6/17/20)
2020        Jun 17, Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks outside a Wendy’s restaurant.
    (NY Times, 6/18/20)

2020        Jun 18, A number of Atlanta police officers called out sick over the last 24 hours to protest the filing of murder charges against an officer who shot a man in the back. The interim chief acknowledged members of the force feel abandoned amid protests demanding massive changes to policing.
    (AP, 6/18/20)
2020        Jun 18, In Decatur, Georgia, a crane swooped in and took down a 112-year-old Confederate memorial. The monument to the Lost Cause was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy and was often vandalized and marked by graffiti. The obelisk was removed and placed in storage indefinitely
    (AP, 6/19/20)

2020        Jun 19, In Atlanta, Georgia, David Lee (29) was arrested in connection with the recent killings of three homeless people between June 1 and June 15.
    (SFC, 6/20/20, p.A4)

2020        Jun 20, An arrest warrant was issued by Atlanta fire officials for a woman accused of setting fire to a Wendy's restaurant on June 13 hours after Rayshard Brooks (27) was seen on surveillance video fatally shot by a police officer. Natalie White (29) was charged with first-degree arson by Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Fire Investigators for torching the Wendy's on University Avenue.
    (AP, 6/21/20)

2020        Jun 26, Georgia state Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation allowing additional penalties to be imposed for crimes motivated by a victim's race, sexual orientation or other factors.
    (SFC, 6/27/20, p.A4)

2020        Jun 27, Georgia reported a record high in coronavirus cases at almost 2,000. The 7-day average for cases has nearly tripled since late May.
    (Good Morning America, 6/28/20)
2020        Jun 27, Jazz artist Freddy Cole (88) died in Atlanta. The pianist and vocalist spent much of his musical life in the shadow of his brother Nat King Cole (1919-1965).
    (SFC, 7/3/20, p.B3)

2020        Jul 5, In Atlanta about 60 to 100 demonstrators, dressed in dark clothes and many wearing masks, caused "extensive damage" to the Georgia Bureau of Public Safety headquarters, including breaking several windows and spray painting graffiti on the building.
    (ABC News, 7/6/20)

2020        Jul 6, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency and authorized the activation of up to 1,000 National Guard troops following a weekend of violence in Atlanta that left five people dead, including a girl (8).
    (SFC, 7/7/20, p.A4)
2020        Jul 6, Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (50) announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19. She reported no symptoms.
    (AP, 7/7/20)

2020        Jul 10, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said she is rolling back the city's reopening plans. Republican Gov. Brian Kemp said the mayor had no authority to return to phase 1.
    (Good Morning America, 7/10/20)

2020        Jun 12, A black man died after a white police officer shot him at a Wendy’s in Atlanta late today, prompting more protests. Rayshard Brooks (27) had run from the police after failing a sobriety test and taking an officer’s Taser during a struggle with him. Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired the following day. Officer Devin Brosnan was placed on administrative duty. In August Rolfe filed suit against the mayor and police chief saying his firing violated the city code and his constitutional rights. On May 5, 2021, The Atlanta Civil Service Board announced that it is reversing the termination of Garrett Rolfe.
    (NY Times, 6/14/20)(AP, 6/14/20)(SFC, 8/6/20, p.A4)(NBC News, 5/5/21)

2020        Jul 13, A US federal judge in Georgia struck down a state anti-abortion law approved last year calling it unconstitutional.
    (SFC, 7/14/20, p.A4)

2020        Jul 14, Scientists reported that a low dose of radiation to the lungs of COVID-19 pneumonia patients can help them recover more quickly. Doctors at Emory University in Atlanta treated 10 such patients with lung radiation and compared them to 10 patients of similar ages who received usual care, without radiation. With radiation, the average time to significant improvement was three days, compared to 12 days in the control group.
    (Reuters, 7/15/20)

2020        Jul 15, Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order late today, which outright banned cities and counties in the state from issuing mask orders to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
    (Good Morning America, 7/16/20)
2020        Jul 15, Atlanta teenager Julian Conley (19), suspected in the killing an 8-year-old girl near the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police last month, surrendered. Secoriea Turner, was shot to death while riding in a car with her mother and a friend on July 4. Conley's attorney said his client witnessed the shooting, but did not open fire himself.
    (AP, 7/16/20)(SFC, 7/16/20, p.A4)

2020        Jul 17, Georgia’s governor and the mayor of Atlanta accused each other of playing politics amid an escalating fight over face masks intended to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
    (AP, 7/17/20)
2020        Jul 17, The Rev. C.T. Vivian (95), an early and key adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. who organized pivotal campaigns in the civil rights movement and spent decades after advocating for justice and equality, died in Atlanta, Ga.
    (AP, 7/17/20)
2020        Jul 17, Georgia Congressman John Lewis (80), a civil rights icon and the last of the Big Six civil rights activists led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died in Atlanta.
    (AP, 7/17/20)

2020        Jul 22, Atlanta-based online lender Kabbage Inc said that it will offer checking accounts for small businesses, making it the latest financial technology startup to expand its offering to a broader suite of banking services.
    (Reuters, 7/22/20)

2020        Jul 30, Herman Cain (74), a television host and former US Republican presidential candidate, died in Georgia after contracting COVID-19.
    (AP, 7/30/20)

2020        Aug 11, The US state of Georgia recorded a record high single-day death toll with 122 of the nation's 1,282 deaths.
    (The Week, 8/12/20)

2020        Aug 13, Georgia's state Gov. Brian kemp said he's dropping a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta in a dispute over the city's requirement to wear marks in public and other restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
    (SFC, 8/14/20, p.A6)

2020        Aug 27, The US Marshals Service said it has found 39 missing children in Georgia over two weeks in a mission known as "Operation Not Forgotten".
    (CBS News, 8/28/20)

2020        Sep 11, In Georgia Roderick Walker (26) was arrested and beaten after Clayton County sheriff’s deputies pulled over a vehicle he was riding in. A sheriff's deputy was soon fired after being captured on video repeatedly punching the Black man during a traffic stop for a broken tail light.
    (AP, 9/13/20)

2020        Sep 22, Federal authorities announced that Benjamin Jenkins (25) of Cobb County, Georgia, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for a “prolific" sextortion scheme involving as many as 150 underage girls. A jury found Jenkins guilty of producing and distributing child pornography he coerced his victims to create for him.
    (Miami Herald, 9/23/20)

2020        Oct 3 Thomas Jefferson Byrd (70), a Tony-nominated actor known for roles in various Spike Lee films, was found shot to death in Atlanta.
    (NY Times, 10/5/20)
2020        Oct 3, In Augusta, Georgia, Felycya Harris (33) was shot and killed in Meadowbrook Park. She became at least the 31st transgender or gender-nonconforming person to die by violence in the US this year.
    (NBC News, 10/7/20)

2020        Oct 6, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp approved a plan to put up a tall metal fence around the state capitol part as of a $5 million package that includes other security improvements at the building. Democrats swiftly condemned the plan, saying it shows a Republican leadership afraid of its own people.
    (AP, 10/7/20)

2020        Oct 7, In the US state of Georgia a ransomware attack hobbled the Hall County government. The attack reportedly disable a database used to verify voter signatures in the authentication of absentee ballots.
    (SSFC, 10/25/20, p.A10)

2020        Oct 12, Long lines of people eager to cast ballots formed as early in-person voting began in Georgia. Problems soon developed in the state's most populous county. By mid-morning, the problem appeared to have been resolved and the lines had cleared at the arena, which is the largest early voting site in the state with 300 voting machines.
    (AP, 10/12/20)

2020        Oct 29, Hurricane Zeta sped across the southeastern US, leaving a trail of damage and more than 2.5 million homes and businesses without power in Atlanta and beyond after pounding New Orleans with winds and water that splintered homes. Zeta left six people dead. A man was electrocuted in New Orleans, and four people died in Alabama and Georgia when trees fell on homes. In Biloxi, Mississippi, a man drowned when he was trapped in rising seawater.
    (AP, 10/29/20)(AP, 10/29/20)

2020        Nov 2, Georgia’s highest court found that a lower court was wrong to grant immunity from prosecution to three sheriff’s deputies facing murder charges in a stun gun death dating to July 2017. They were charged with murder and other crimes in the death of Eurie Lee Martin, a 58-year-old Black man with a history of mental illness.
    (NBC News, 11/3/20)

2020        Nov 3, Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene, who expressed racist views and support for QAnon conspiracy theories in a series of online videos, won a US House seat representing northwest Georgia.
    (AP, 11/3/20)

2020        Nov 4, Pres. Donald Trump prematurely claimed he carried Georgia. He also said he planned to contest the US presidential election before the Supreme Court. Trump's reelection campaign said it had filed a lawsuit in Georgia to require that Chatham County separate and secure late-arriving ballots to ensure they are not counted.
    (AP, 11/4/20)(Reuters, 11/4/20)

2020        Nov 6, Joe Biden overtook Trump in the number of ballots counted in Georgia, a must-win state for Trump that has long been a Republican stronghold.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, Republican US Sen. David Perdue and Democrat Jon Ossoff will face off in a Jan. 5 runoff in Georgia for Perdue’s Senate seat, one of two high-profile contests in the state that could determine which party controls the upper chamber. Democrat Raphael Warnock and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the Republican appointed last year after Sen. Johnny Isakson retired, will also compete in a runoff on the same day. The twin races in Georgia are likely to settle which party controls the Senate.
    (AP, 11/6/20)
2020        Nov 6, In Georgia Rapper King Von (26), aka Dayvon Bennett, and another man were fatally shot after gunfire erupted outside an Atlanta hookah bar early today. Timothy Leeks (22) was soon charged with murder in Bennett's death.
    (NBC News, 11/7/20)(SFC, 11/9/20, p.A4)

2020        Nov 11, It was reported that the Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center. ICE has already deported six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin, who has been accused of operating on migrant women without their consent or performing procedures that were medically unnecessary and potentially endangered their ability to have children.
    (NBC News, 11/11/20)

2020        Nov 13, The 2020 presidential election's final states were called, with President-elect Joe Biden winning Georgia, and President Trump winning North Carolina. The results bring Biden's total Electoral College win to a margin of 306-232, the exact number Trump won in 2016.
    (The Week, 11/14/20)
2020        Nov 13, The Republican National Committee said it is funding more than 600 staffers in Georgia with an investment of at least $20 million ahead of the Jan. 5 runoffs for the seats held by GOP Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.
    (AP, 11/13/20)

2020        Nov 16, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) said that Republicans, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have been pushing him to question the validity of absentee ballots that were legally cast.
    (The Week, 11/17/20)

2020        Nov 20, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) certified the state's presidential election results after a hand recount was completed. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) did the same, meaning Georgia's 16 electoral votes will go to President-elect Joe Biden.
    (The Week, 11/21/20)

2020        Nov 21, The Trump campaign formally requested a recount in Georgia. The next recount is expected to begin next week.
    (AP, 11/21/20)

2020        Nov 24, According to court papers filed the US government has agreed temporarily not to deport detained immigrant women who have alleged being abused by a rural Georgia gynecologist.
    (AP, 11/24/20)

2020        Dec 3, Pres. Donald Trump and his campaign repeatedly accused Ruby Freeman, a Georgia election worker, and her daughter, Wandrea “Shaye" Moss, of illegally counting phony mail-in ballots after pulling them from mysterious suitcases while working on Election Day at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena. Freeman was already facing death threats after being falsely accused by former President Donald Trump of manipulating votes.
    (Reuters, 12/10/21)

2020        Dec 4, Courts in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, and Wisconsin ruled against President Trump and his allies in several lawsuits seeking to overturn the results of the presidential election.
    (The Week, 12/5/20)

2020        Dec 5, Pres. Trump reportedly called Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and requested that he call a special session of the state legislature to get lawmakers to override the presidential election results and appoint electors to vote for him instead of President-elect Joe Biden. Kemp reportedly declined. Trump flooded his first postelection political rally in Georgia with debunked conspiracy theories and audacious falsehoods as he claimed victory in an election he decisively lost.
    (AP, 12/5/20)(The Week, 12/6/20)
2020        Dec 5, A US federal appeals court rejected a bid by a conservative lawyer to block President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Georgia and left in place procedures that will make it easier for voters to cast absentee ballots in January when two Senate seats are up for grabs.
    (Reuters, 12/5/20)

2020        Dec 12, President Donald Trump lost his latest legal challenge seeking to overturn Georgia's election results, with the state Supreme Court's rejection late today of a case from Trump's campaign and Georgia Republican Party Chairman David Shafer.
    (AP, 12/13/20)

2020        Dec 14, The US state of Georgia began early voting in a pair of US Senate races that will determine control of the chamber in a contest that ends on Jan. 5.
    (Reuters, 12/14/20)

2020        Dec 21, Kennedy Maxie (7) was fatally shot while Christmas shopping with her family in Atlanta. Daquan Reed (24) of Virginia was later identified as the suspect responsible for the shooting. A $15,000 reward was offered leading to Reed’s arrest.
    (TheGrio, 12/29/20)

2020        Dec 29, A federal judge ordered local election officials in Georgia to allow voting by more than 4,000 people whose eligibility was being challenged ahead of next week’s runoff elections for the US Senate.
    (AP, 12/29/20)

2021        Jan 2, President Trump pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state to “find" him enough votes to overturn the presidential election and vaguely threatened him with “a criminal offense" during an hourlong telephone call.
    (NY Times, 1/4/21)

2021        Jan 5, Voters streamed to polling sites in Georgia in a pair of runoff elections that will determine control of the US Senate. The Democrats won both Senate runoffs in Georgia, giving them control of the Senate. Rev. Raphael Warnock will be the first Black senator in the state's history. Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly led Republican Sen. David Perdue.
    (Reuters, 1/5/21)(NY Times, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 5, US District Judge Mark Cohen rejected President Trump's latest lawsuit seeking to decertify Georgia's presidential election results.
    (The Week, 1/6/21)
2021        Jan 5, The US Justice Department tapped a new federal prosecutor to lead the Atlanta office, a day after the Trump-appointed US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, Byung J. “BJay" Pak, abruptly resigned. It was later reported that the White House pushed the prosecutor to resign before Georgia's US Senate runoff because President Donald Trump was unhappy that he wasn't doing enough to investigate Trump's unfounded claims of election fraud.
    (Reuters, 1/9/21)

2021        Jan 6, Atlanta police and US Marshals arrested Daquan Reed (24) in Hampton Roads, Virginia, a suspect in connection with the death of Kennedy Maxie (7), a Georgia girl who was struck and killed by an apparent stray bullet after Christmas shopping with her family.
    (NBC News, 1/7/21)

2021        Jan 22, Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who recently had his 28-year prison sentence commuted by now-former President Donald Trump in his term’s final hours, returned to family in Georgia following his release from prison. He and his associates are said to have defrauded the Motor City’s pension funds for more than $95 million through shady investment deals that never materialized.
    (AP, 1/22/21)
2021        Jan 22, Hank Aaron (86), who faced down racism to become one of baseball’s greatest players and its home run king, died in Atlanta, Ga.

2021        Jan 28, In Georgia a liquid nitrogen leak at a poultry plant in Gainesville killed six people. Union officials said the accident raised questions about safety protocols at the plant.
    (NY Times, 1/28/21)

2021        Feb 1, In Georgia rapper Silento (22), born Richard Hawk, was arrested and charged with the murder of Frederick Rooks, his cousin, in DeKalb County.
    (The Grio, 2/2/21)

2021        Feb 4, The US House stripped Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) of her committee assignments as punishment for past remarks endorsing fatal violence against Democrats. Few Republicans voted to discipline her.
    (NY Times, 2/4/21)
2021        Feb 4, In Georgia it was announced that the billionaire owner of the Atlanta Falcons is donating $17 million to help a civil rights museum expand and offer new programming. Arthur Blank co-founded Home Depot Inc. He bought the Falcons in 2002 and also owns the Atlanta United soccer team.
    (AP, 2/4/21)

2021        Feb 10, It was reported that prosecutors in Georgia have started a criminal investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s attempts to overturn Georgia’s election results, including a phone call he made to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in which Mr. Trump pressured him to “find" enough votes to help him reverse his loss.
    (NY Times, 2/10/21)

2021        Mar 10, Atlanta-based International Ministries (RZIM), founded by the late Ravi Zacharias, said it will suspend fundraising, lay off 60% of its staff and overhaul its mission in the wake of revelations that he engaged in sexual misconduct with massage therapists and carried on many amorous extramarital relationships via texts and email.
    (AP, 3/10/21)

2021        Mar 16, In Georgia a gunman killed eight people, seven of them women, in an attack on three massage parlors in the Atlanta area. Six of the people killed were Asian, and two were white. Suspect Robert Aaron Long (21) of Woodstock, Ga., was captured in Crisp County. Long soon told investigators he had a sexual addiction and saw the businesses as a temptation that he needed to eliminate.
    (NY Times, 3/17/21)(NBC News, 3/17/21)

2021        Mar 25, Republican governor of Georgia signed a bill that will make voting there more difficult. Georgia Republicans passed a sweeping law to restrict voting access in the state, introducing more rigid voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, limiting drop boxes and expanding the Legislature’s power over elections. The new law makes it a misdemeanor to hand out “any money or gifts, including, but not limited to, food and drink" to anyone standing in line to vote. The prohibition extends 150 feet from a polling place and 25 feet from any person standing in line. A coalition of civil rights groups quickly filed a federal lawsuit challenging the new voting restrictions, arguing that the Republican-backed law is intended to make it harder for people – particularly Black voters – to cast ballots.
    (NY Times, 3/26/21)(Reuters, 3/26/21)(AP, 3/26/21)
2021        Mar 25, The US National Weather Service recorded 24 tornadoes across Alabama and Georgia, killing five people in Alabama.
    (NY Times, 3/26/21)(SFC, 3/27/21, p.A5)

2021        Mar 26, A powerful tornado touched down in Newnan, Ga., early today, killing at least one person.
    (NY Times, 3/26/21)

2021        Mar 29, Critics of Georgia's new Republican-backed election law issued fresh calls to boycott some of the state’s largest businesses for not speaking out more forcefully against the law, a day after advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging it.
    (AP, 3/29/21)

2021        Mar 31, Georgia-based Delta and Coca-Cola, expressed “crystal clear" opposition to the state’s new law to restrict voting access.
    (NY Times, 3/31/21)

2021        Apr 1, Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook became the latest corporate leader to speak out against the state of Georgia's new voting restrictions, which many critics say targets Blacks and other racial minorities.
    (Reuters, 4/1/21)

2021        Apr 2, Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, pulled the 2021 All-Star Game out of suburban Atlanta in a rebuke over a new Georgia voting law that critics say will disenfranchise Black voters.
    (NY Times, 4/2/21)

2021        Apr 11, In Augusta, Georgia, Hideki Matsuyama (29) won The Masters, becoming the first Japanese man to win one of golf’s major titles.
    (NY Times, 4/11/21)

2021        Apr 12, It was reported that Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua have pulled production of their runaway slave drama “Emancipation" from Georgia over the state's recently enacted law restricting voting access.
    (AP, 4/12/21)

2021        Apr 20, It was reported that a group of religious leaders is calling for a boycott of Georgia-based Home Depot, saying the home improvement giant hasn't done enough to oppose the state's new voting laws.
    (AP, 4/20/21)
2021        Apr 20, Rossanna Delgado (37), a mother of two who worked as driver for the ride-share app, Lyft, was last seen alive on CCTV footage in DeKalb County, Georgia. Four days later her remains were found burnt and cut up in a cabin woods in Cherry Log. On June 26 an 8th suspect was arrested in Mexico for her murder. Three suspects remained at large.
    (The Independent, 7/5/21)(Fox News, 7/5/21)

2021        Apr 24, In the US state of Georgia six women were killed and ten others injured in an interstate crash that left a passenger van engulfed in flames and rolled on its side. The driver of the van was soon arrested and charged with six counts of homicide.
    (AP, 4/25/21)(SFC, 4/30/21, p.A4)

2021        May 7, Colonial Pipeline shut down its 5,500 miles of pipeline, which it says carries 45 percent of the US East Coast’s fuel supplies, in an effort to contain A ransomware attack. Colonial Pipeline, based in Alpharetta, Ga., is owned by several American and foreign companies and investment firms, including Koch Industries and Royal Dutch Shell. It was later reported that Colonial Pipeline paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers soon after the crippling cyberattack.
    (NY Times, 5/8/21)(Bloomberg, 5/8/21)(Reuters, 5/13/21)

2021        May 10, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp signed a repeal of the state's 1863 citizen's arrest law. It still allows business owners to detain suspected thieves.
    (SFC, 5/11/21, p.A3)

2021        May 20, The Biden administration announced that it will stop using immigration detention facilities in Massachusetts and Georgia that are the subject of abuse allegations.
    (AP, 5/20/21)

2021        Jun 3, Criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey (87) died in Atlanta. He had invited juries into the twilight zone of reasonable doubt in defense of Patricia Hearst, O.J. Simpson, the Boston Strangler, the army commander at the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and other notorious cases.
    (NY Times, 6/3/21)

2021        Jun 15, Oprah Winfrey's next book club pick is a debut novel set in Georgia at the end of the Civil War: Nathan Harris' “The Sweetness of Water." Harris (29) has said he wanted to show what it was like in the South after slaves were emancipated.
    (AP, 6/15/21)

2021        Jun 17, In Georgia a Holly Springs police officer died this morning after a car dragged him during a traffic stop. The driver of the vehicle, Ansy Dolce (29) of Cherokee County, was shot and killed by an officer in the incident.
    (NBC News, 6/17/21)

2021        Jun 25, The US Justice Department filed a lawsuit challenging a Georgia election law that imposes new limits on voting, saying that it infringes on the rights of Black voters.
    (Reuters, 6/25/21)

2021        Jul 3, In Georgia three men were killed earlier this week at the Pinetree Country Club golf course. Bryan Anthony Rhoden (23), a rapper who rhymes as B. Rod, was soon arrested and charged for the murders.
    (The Grio, 7/9/21)

2021        Jul 19, Twitter said that it was suspending Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene from its service for 12 hours after she posted messages that violated its policy against sharing misleading information about the coronavirus.
    (NY Times, 7/19/21)

2021        Jul 26, Savannah, the largest city on Georgia’s coast, reimposed a requirement that people wear masks in public, citing a “steep and alarming rise" in cases of the COVID-19.
    (AP, 7/26/21)

2021        Jul 27, In Georgia Robert Aaron Long, accused of killing eight people at three Asian massage businesses, was sentenced to life without parole.
    (AP, 7/27/21)

2021        Jul 31, Pollution response teams worked to contain oil that was discharged after demolition crews finished cutting away the sixth of eight sections of the Golden Ray. The giant cargo ship, carrying more than 1,400 vehicles, over off the Georgia coast on Sept. 8, 2019.
    (AP, 7/31/21)

2021        Aug 4, The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said it has charged nine people accused of being involved in the trafficking operation, during which at least 87 guns were bought in Georgia and illegally transported for resale in NYC between August 2020 and April, 2021.
    (Charlotte Observer, 8/5/21)

2021        Aug 19, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp signed an executive order that says cities cannot require businesses and sports teams to enforce local pandemic restrictions. The move came amid a surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the delta variant among the unvaccinated. A day later the mayors of Atlanta, Savannah, Athens-Clarke County and Augusta-Richmond County suggested the Republican governor was putting politics above public health.
    (AP, 8/20/21)

2021        Aug 24, Georgia's Gov. Brian Kemp deployed the state's National Guard medical staffers to assist 20 hospitals facing severe strain from the 4th wave of the coronavirus.
    (SFC, 8/25/21, p.A5)

2021        Sep 10, Atlanta's zoo said at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19, including 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity.
    (AP, 9/11/21)

2021        Sep 12, An explosion in suburban Atlanta caused the partial collapse of a 3-story structure in Dunwoody. A strong odor of gas had been reported before the blast. Two people were unaccounted for.
    (SFC, 9/13/21, p.A8)

2021        Sep 15, Maurice “Mo" Fayne (38), star of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, was sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison after applying for a loan meant for businesses struggling during the pandemic to cover expenses from a long-running Ponzi scheme.
    (AP, 9/17/21)

2021        Oct 9, In Georgia police Officer Dylan Harrison (26) was killed early today in Alamo, about 124 miles west of Savannah. Authorities identified the suspect as Damien "Luke" Anthony Ferguson (43) and said he should be considered armed and dangerous.
    (FN, 10/10/21)

2021        Nov 2, The Atlanta Braves won the World Series — one of the city’s only major sports titles in decades — beating the Houston Astros, 7-0, in Game 6.
    (NY Times, 11/3/21)

2021        Nov 9, Max Cleland (79), former US Vietnam veteran and US Senator (1997-2003) from Georgia, died at his home in Atlanta. Cleland lost his right arm and both legs while picking up a fallen grenade in 1968.
    (SFC, 11/10/21, p.A5)

2021        Nov 24, A Georgia jury found three white men guilty of murder in the Feb. 2020 shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man.
    (NY Times, 11/24/21)

2021        Nov 30, Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election to become the city's next mayor.
    (SFC, 12/1/21, p.A4)

2021        Dec 6, Georgia's prison system agreed to pay $2.2 million to the parents of Jenna Mitchell (25), a transgender inmate, who hung herself in her cell on Dec. 4 2017. She had been housed in solitary confinement for more than two weeks before hanging herself.
    (NBC News, 12/7/21)

2021        Dec 9, It was reported that Georgia Republicans have purge Black Democrats from county election boards.
    (Reuters, 12/9/21)

2021        Dec 10, Days after announcing his candidacy for governor, Republican David Perdue furthered embraced debunked claims of electoral fraud in Georgia's 2020 presidential race by joining a lawsuit seeking to prove he and former President Donald Trump were cheated out of election victories.
    (AP, 12/10/21)

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