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DeKalb County, Georgia
June 19, 1721 Hans Kalb, for whom Dekalb County, Georgia is named, is born, Huettendorf, Bavaria. He will later assume the name of a friend from Paris, Jean De Kalb and the title Baron
  Baron DeKalb
  DeKalb County, Georgia
December 9, 1822 DeKalb County created
  Baron DeKalb
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  DeKalb County, Georgia
June 1, 1830 Hall, Habersham, Carroll, Dekalb and Gwinnett Counties are now responsible for enforcing civil law in the Cherokee Nation, at least as far as the state of Georgia is concerned
  Original Cherokee County
  Hall County, Georgia
  Habersham County, Georgia
  Carroll County, Georgia
  DeKalb County, Georgia
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
January 9, 1842 DeKalb County Courthouse burns.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
September 5, 1955 Waffle House Unit No. 1 (the first Waffle House) opens in Avondale Estates, Georgia.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
January 10, 1972 An F3 tornado sweeps through Fulton and Dekalb Counties, killing one person and injuring 9 while causing half a million dollars in property damage
  Fulton County, Georgia
  DeKalb County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
December 15, 2000 DeKalb County sheriff-elect Derwin Brown murdered in his driveway
  Derwin Brown murdered
  DeKalb County, Georgia
November 30, 2001 Former Dekalb County Sheriff Sidney Dorsey and two others are charged in the murder of Derwin Brown, who had been elected to replace Dorsey as sheriff.
  Derwin Brown murdered
  DeKalb County, Georgia
May 6, 2005 Dekalb County Police Chief Louis Graham re-opens the case against Wayne Williams.
  Atlanta Child Murders
  DeKalb County, Georgia
January 17, 2008 Two off-duty Dekalb County police officers, Ricky Bryant Jr. and Eric Barker, 33, are murdered parking lot at the Glenwood Gardens apartment complex
  DeKalb County, Georgia
March 14, 2008 A strong tornado strikes the Georgia World Congress Center, Phillips Arena, The Equitable Building, and the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill (now upscale condos). Nearby, the Georgia Dome suffers damage while the Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament is being held inside. Numerous minor injuries and one life-threatening injury are reported.
  The Georgia Dome
  2008 Georgia Bulldogs Basketball
  2008 Georgia tornado outbreak
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  DeKalb County, Georgia
  Georgia World Congress Center
  Georgia Tornadoes
July 22, 2009 ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews calls Dekalb County 911 to report paparazzi waiting near her condo.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
February 25, 2010 According to DeKalb County Police, a 2009 Toyota Corolla slammed into the front of a neighbor's home across the street near Stone Mountain when her accelerator got stuck. The VIN indicated that her car was one of those recalled by Toyota for such problems.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
August 31, 2010 Decatur's Paste Magazine, a national music magazine, calls it quits amid falling revenue.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
September 20, 2010 Matt Conway makes an emergency landing in a small plane on I-85 near Shallowford Road in Atlanta during afternoon rush hour, backing traffic up in both northbound and southbound lanes for 3 hours.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
September 21, 2010 Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg claim that minister Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church had an ongoing sexual relationship with them when they were in their teens
  DeKalb County, Georgia
  Bishop Eddie Long Scandal
September 22, 2010 A third suit alleging sexual misconduct on the part of preacher Eddie Long is filed in Dekalb County
  DeKalb County, Georgia
  Bishop Eddie Long Scandal


Name derivation: Named in honor of Hans Kalb, a foreign national who served under George Washington during the American Revolution under the assumed name and title of Baron Johann DeKalb. Briefly in charge (by default) of American forces in the South after the capture of Benjamin Lincoln at Charleston. Died during the battle of Camden.
Acquisition:
Taken from: Fayette County, Gwinnett County, Henry County
Counties created from: Cambell County, Fulton County
Cities: Decatur (county seat), Chamblee, Clarkston, Doraville, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain
Web sites:
National Register of Historic Places in Dekalb County, Georgia
Dekalb County, Georgia, links
History of Dekalb County, Georgia





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