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Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 8, 1900 Author Margaret Mitchell, who penned "Gone With The Wind" is born, Atlanta, GA
  Margaret Mitchell
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 1, 1901 After a year of operations, the Atlanta Daily News ceases publication
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 9, 1902 Immense early morning fire destroys several blocks of downtown Atlanta businesses in a blaze that can be seen 30 miles away
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 3, 1905 Atlanta's Terminal Station opensopens at the corner of Mitchell Street and Madison Avenue
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 13, 1905 Samuel Inman's Terminal Hotel opens.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
July 15, 1905 Trolley service is inaugurated between Atlanta and Marietta. The 12 mile run takes roughly 30 minutes
  Marietta, GA
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 20, 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt visits Roswell (Roswell, Georgia history) and Atlanta (Atlanta, Georgia history). The President's train stopped at Chamblee (Roswell Station), where he boarded the train to Roswell. He crossed the Chattahoochee River and visited both Bulloch Hall and Roswell Square, where he made brief comments. Roosevelt then had lunch at the Piedmont Driving Club (now Piedmont Park) and spoke at Georgia Tech before leaving for Jacksonville, Florida later that evening.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Piedmont Park
January 4, 1906 The 17-story Candler Building in Atlanta is dedicated
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
January 11, 1906 Fire destroys much of Piedmont Park, including part of the Piedmont Driving Club
  Piedmont Park
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
March 12, 1906 Andrew Carnegie donates $20,000 for the construction of a new library in Atlanta
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
September 22, 1906 Four days of rioting in Atlanta ensue after the election of Hoke Smith, who ran on a platform of denying blacks the right to vote. Whites not only started the riots, but tried to lay blame on blacks. Officially the death toll is 12, but the actual number was probably significantly higher.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 23, 1907 The Atlanta Crackers begin playing at Ponce de Leon park. 8,000 fans welcome them to their new $60,000 stadium
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
January 1, 1908 Atlanta becomes a "dry" town. Liquor sales are restricted.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 8, 1908 Terminal Block Fire. Fire breaks out at the Schlesinger Candy Factory near Terminal Station in Atlanta destroys a block of 30 buildings in downtown Atlanta including the Terminal Hotel. Buildings between Mitchell, Nelson, South Forsyth and Madison (now Spring St.) are a complete loss. Estimated property damage exceeds $1.2 million
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
July 21, 1910 Construction begins on Atlanta's Georgian Terrace
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 2, 1911 Georgian Terrace, Atlanta opens
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 11, 1911 Allen G. Newman's Peace Monument, a symbol of the reconciliation that occurred between the North and the South is dedicated at Atlanta's Piedmont Park
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Piedmont Park
April 27, 1913 The body of Mary Phagan, bloody, broken, possibly sexually assaulted, was found in the basement of the National Pencil Company in Atlanta. Newt Lee, who found the body, is arrested.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
October 30, 1913 Winecoff Hotel opens, 176 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. At 16 stories, it is the tallest building in the city.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel
December 17, 1913 Atlanta's Capitol City Club, on the corner of Peachtree and Harris St. opens for business.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 20, 1914 79 workers walk off the job at the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, Atlanta, Georgia
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 26, 1914 In a letter to the editor, an Atlanta Constitution reader suggests carving a monument to the Confederacy at Stone Mountain
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Stone Mountain
June 14, 1914 In the Atlanta Georgian, John Temple Graves, editor of the New York American, calls for the creation of a memorial to the men who fought for the Confederacy.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Stone Mountain
December 6, 1915 Ku Klux Klan parade down Peachtree Street following the premiere of D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation at the Atlanta Theater
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Ku Klux Klan in Georgia
May 21, 1917 Atlanta Fire destroys 300 acres of homes and businesses totaling 1938 structures. Although 10,000 people were displaced by the fire no one was killed.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
April 25, 1920 Atlanta records a tempurature of 32 degrees, the latest freeze in its history. It also received over an inch of snow
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 2, 1920 Prisoner #9653 at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary got 919,799 votes in the U. S. Presidential election. His name was Eugene V. Debs, Socialist candidate
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 17, 1920 First meeting of the Lions Club in Georgia (Atlanta)
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
March 15, 1922 Broadcasting to an estimated 1,000 radio sets in the Atlanta area, WSB (Welcome South, Brother) becomes the first radio station in the South. The Atlanta Journal had received permission to begin broadcasting that afternoon. Those tuned in heard a jazz redition of the Light Cavalry Overture. Broadcast power was 100 watts
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  WSB Atlanta
March 17, 1922 The radio station that will become WGST goes on the air. It is owned by The Atlanta Constitution
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
June 13, 1922 Atlanta's WSB raises its broadcast power to 500 watts
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  WSB Atlanta
June 15, 1922 Marcus Garvey meets with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Edward Young Clarke, in Atlanta.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Ku Klux Klan in Georgia
September 9, 1923 Stadium at Ponce de Leon park burns, destroying most of the Atlanta Crackers uniforms.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
January 0, 1924 WBBF, Atlanta, (now WGST) licensed
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
February 3, 1924 Former President Woodrow Wilson, who grew up in Augusta and practiced law in Atlanta, died in Washington, D. C.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  City of Augusta, Georgia
  Woodrow Wilson
May 2, 1924 WDBE, owned by the Gilham-Schoen Electric Company, Gordon St., Atlanta, is licensed
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 2, 1924 Cartoonist Jack Davis born, Atlanta, Georgia
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
February 8, 1925 After his arrest at the 125th Street Station in New York City, Marcus Garvey is taken to the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary to serve a sentence for his mail fraud conviction
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
February 13, 1925 Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler offers the site of the Atlanta Speedway to the city of Atlanta for use as an airport for a second time.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Atlanta Municipal Airport
March 16, 1925 Atlanta's Board of Alderman accept Asa Candler's offer of Candler Field to become Atlanta Airport
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
April 20, 1925 William B. Hartsfield appointed head of committee to oversee Atlanta Airport operations
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Atlanta Municipal Airport
May 22, 1925 Dean Rusk graduates from Boys High School, Atlanta, Georgia
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Dean Rusk
February 9, 1926 Atlanta forbids the teaching of evolution in public schools
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 8, 1926 Harriet "Hattie" Harwell Wilson High (Mrs. Joseph Madison High) donates the land on which her house is built for the express purpose of building an art museum in Atlanta
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
August 2, 1926 Sears Roebuck on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta opens its doors for business
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
September 15, 1926 Air mail flights to Atlanta Airport (C. A. M. 10) begin
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 31, 1926 Last Atlanta flight of C. A. M 10. There was not enought business to support the Atlanta to Miami route.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
July 18, 1927 Post Office advertises for bids for the Atlanta-New Orleans route (C. A. M. 23).
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 18, 1927 Having spent nearly three years in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, Marcus Garvey's sentence is commuted by President Calvin Coolidge. He is taken to New Orleans, where he is deported.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 19, 1927 Pitcairn Air wins Miami to Atlanta contract
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 1, 1928 Atlanta to New York and Atlanta to New Orleans air mail service is launched
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
June 14, 1928 Cornerstone laid for Fox Theater, Atlanta
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
April 13, 1929 Harry M. Paschal, acting as Asa Candler's agent, receives a check for $94,000 from the city of Atlanta as payment in full for Candler Field
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 25, 1929 Atlanta's Fox Theater opens
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia
March 4, 1930 Blaze levels hanger at Atlanta Airport, destroying twenty aircraft
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
April 18, 1930 Atlanta's "new" Union Station opens for business. The facility on Forsyth Street replaced an earlier Union Station on the corner of Pryor and Wall Street.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 9, 1930 Air service from Atlanta to New York inaugurated with a who's who list of names including New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Georgia Gov-elect Richard B. Russell, U.S. Senator Walter George (Georgia), and Ernie Pyle. Regular service began the following day.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
August 29, 1931 Celebration is held on St. Simons Island for the completion of a highway from Atlanta to Brunswick, GA. This meant it was now possible to travel to most cities in Georgia on paved road.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 4, 1932 Al Capone, convicted on tax evasion charges, entered Atlanta Penitentiary.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 30, 1939 Mayor William Hartsfield announces major improvements to Atlanta Airport (Candler Field) after two planes run off the runways earlier in 1939
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
August 7, 1939 At Rich's Department Store in downtown Atlanta, pianist and popular radio show host Art Gillham performs on the first demonstration of television in the Southeast United States.
  Art Gillham
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 19, 1939 Atlanta is one of twelve hubs when the national air traffic control network begins operation
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 15, 1939 Atlanta is the site for the premiere of "Gone With The Wind," the classic American romance
  Gone With The Wind
  Margaret Mitchell
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
January 23, 1940 Ten inches of snow covers Atlanta, largest recorded snow to date
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
May 3, 1940 Henry Flipper dies of a heart attack in the home of his brother, Bishop Joseph S. Flipper, Atlanta
  Henry O. Flipper From Slave to Officer
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 4, 1940 Atlanta Airport declared an air base
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
October 14, 1940 Improvements ordered to Atlanta Airport by the WPA. In the following year the airport is virtually rebuilt
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 23, 1940 Dedication of Joel Hurt Park, Atlanta
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
March 1, 1941 Delta moves its operations to Atlanta to better serve its two routes, Atlanta to Cincinnati and Atlanta to Savannah
  Delta Air Lines
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 1, 1941 CAA takes over the control tower at Atlanta Airport (Now Hartsfield International Airport)
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 7, 1941 Surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Atlanta Mayor Roy LeGraw, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Georgia National Guard, informs the city council he intends to resign when assigned to active duty
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
February 27, 1942 Martha Berry dies, Atlanta, Georgia
  Martha Berry
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
April 13, 1945 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's funeral train stops in Atlanta to change engines on the way to Washington, D. C. Thousands turn out to say a final good-bye to the President.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
December 7, 1946 119 people lose their lives in the worst hotel disaster in the United States when Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel burned. The hotel had 15 stories, but Atlanta fire-fighting equipment could not handle any building taller than 8 stories
  Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
August 11, 1949 After enjoying drinks at the Atlanta Women's Club Margaret Mitchell and her husband John Marsh cross Peachtree Street at 13th Street to a movie theater showing "Canterbury Tales." She is hit by a speeding taxi whose driver is drunk.
  Margaret Mitchell
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 18, 1954 Ray Charles, in an Atlanta, Georgia studio, records "I Got a Woman," blending rhythm and blues and gospel for the first time, forming the roots of soul music.
  Ray Charles
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
January 11, 1957 Martin Luther King, Ralph Abernathy, Fred Shuttlesworth, Bayrd Rustin and others meet at Ebeneezer Church in Atlanta to form the group that will become the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King becomes its president and Abernathy becomes treasurer
  Martin Luther King
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
  The Road to Integration
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
August 18, 1965 The Beatles appear at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
July 7, 1976 Lynyrd Skynyrd begins a three-night performance at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The recording is released as One More from the Road, a live double album, and released in September.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 13, 1987 Marialitos in the Atlanta Penitentiary riot and seize control of the prison following a repatriation agreement between the U. S. and Cuba.
  Atlanta Penitentiary
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)






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