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April 4, 1540 DeSoto passes through the Indian town of Altamaha
  Hernando deSoto
April 4, 1804 Tornado kills 11 people in the Augusta, Georgia area
  Georgia Tornadoes
April 4, 1881 State of Georgia grants a charter for the International Cotton Exposition.
  1881 International Cotton Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia
April 4, 1890 Atlanta adds 44 acres to Grant Park
April 4, 1937 Byron Nelson wins the Masters in Augusta
April 4, 1948 Rock/blues musician Berry Oakley born, Chicago, Illinois
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King is assassinated on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee
  Martin Luther King
April 4, 1974 Jake Billingham gives up Hank Aaron's 714th homer at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati
  Hank Aaron
April 4, 1974 The 1974 "super outbreak" of tornadoes badly damages counties in north Georgia.
  1974 Tornado Outbreak in Georgia
April 4, 1977 Southern Airways Flight 242, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashed during a hailstorm while attempting an emergency landing on a two-lane highway near New Hope, Georgia (west of Atlanta)
  Paulding County, Georgia
April 4, 1978 Police arrest "Chairman of the Forces of Evil," a white man who had begun killing black women in revenge for the Wynnton Stocking Strangler's murder of white women. The strangler had been identified as being black.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
April 4, 1997 First National League game at Turner Field, Atlanta Braves lose to the Chicago Cubs, 5-4. It is only the fifth field used by the Braves as a home field in more than 125 years of playing baseball
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Ted Turner
April 4, 2005 Phil Mickelson, who won the Masters in 2004, beat Arjun Atwal, Brandt Jobe, Jose Maria Olazabal, and Rich Beem in an unusual 5-way playoff to cap the rain-shortened BellSouth Classic at Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia
April 4, 2007 The Census Bureau reports that the 28-county Atlanta Metropolitan region grew by 890,000 in a ten-year period
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