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Governor Ellis Arnall

1946

In 1946, Governor Ellis Arnall’s term was drawing to a close,
because he could not succeed himself.

Herman Talmadge

1947

In 1947, a group of Talmadge’s men broke into the governor’s
office, changed the locks on the doors, and readied themselves to run the state.

M.E Thompson

1948

In March, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that Thompson was
the rightful head of state until a special election could be held in 1948 to fill the unexpired term of Governor-elect Eugene Talmadge.

Berlin Airlift

1948

June 26, 1948 U.S. begins Berlin Airlift

Babyboom

1950

So many children were born that this period was known for its babyboom.

Julian Bond

1960

In 1960, Rich’s Department Store had been the site
of the first Georgia sit-in, where King was joined
by Julian Bond, Lonnie King, and other students
from Morehouse College.

Ivan Allen

1962

Ivan Allen became mayor after Hartsfield, and served in
1962.

County Unit System

1962

The county unit system was in effect
until 1962, when it was declared unconstitutional.

John Lewis

1964

In the summer of 1964, dubbed “Freedom Summer,” people from all over
the country came to the South to help African Americans register to vote. One group very involved in the effort was SNCC, a group that included Georgia’s Julian Bond as one of its founders and Georgia’s John Lewis as its
national chairman.

MARTA

1966

MARTA was established in 1966.

Jimmy Carter

1970

In 1970, Jimmy Carter died.

H-J International Airport

1971

Atlanta’s first airport was named
Hartsfield International Airport in 1971.

Title 1X

1972

In 1972, President Nixon signed into law legislation known as Title IX, which prohibited discrimination in education whether in academics or athletics. For the first time, girls could take auto mechanics or shop and boys could take home economics or typing.

Zell Miller

1972

During the 1970s Miller was twice named a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, once in 1972 and again in 1976. In 1971 he was appointed executive director of the Democratic Party in Georgia and served in this capacity until 1973, when he became a member of the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. Miller served on the board until 1975.

Maynard Jackson

1973

Elected mayor of Atlanta in 1973, Maynard Jackson was the first African American to serve as mayor of a major southern city. Jackson served eight years and then returned for a third term Maynard Jackson in 1990, following the mayorship of Andrew Young.

Ted Turner

1976

In 1976,Ted Turner turned Atlanta’s WTBS into the first “superstation.”

Cold War

1980

The Cold War ended with the
breakup of the Soviet Union in the
1980s and Russia’s movement toward
democratic government.

Rural

1980

The two-Georgia argument dividing rural and urban areas began in the early 1980s and continues today despite state efforts to pour economic development funds into rural counties.

ERA

1983

In June 1983 the ERA failed by three
votes. Fifteen states, including Georgia,
never ratified the ERA.

George Busbee

1985

In a 1985 poll, historians of Georgia ranked Busbee as the most fiscally responsible governor of the state among all those who held the office since World War II (1941-45).

Joe Frank Harris

1996

Joe Frank Harris served as Georgia’s governor during the 1996 Olympics.

1996 Summer Olymics

1996

Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics in 1996.

Roy Barnes

1998

In 1998, Georgians sent Democrat Roy E. Barnes to the Governor’s Mansion.

Metropolitan

1999

in 1999. GRTA was
charged with combating air
pollution, traffic congestion, and
poorly planned development in
the metropolitan region.

Sonny Predue

2000

In the 2000 election, Barnes’s Republican opponent, Sonny Perdue, made the changes in the flag a major campaign issue.