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Fulton County, Georgia
December 29, 1845 Marthasville (pop. 2,000) is reincorporated as Atlanta
  Fulton County, Georgia
December 20, 1853 Fulton County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Fulton County, Georgia
December 23, 1854 City of Roswell, Cobb County, incorporated. It is now part of Fulton County
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
December 11, 1858 New Prospect Campground is incorporated as Alpharetta.
  Fulton County, Georgia
October 16, 1862 Eight of Andrew's Raiders escape from Fulton County jail, eventually reaching Union lines
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 26, 1913 Mary Phagan is murdered at the National Pencil Company
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
June 21, 1915 Leo Frank is transferred from the Fulton County prison to the State Penitentiary at Milledgeville
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
  Fulton County, Georgia
May 9, 1932 Portions of Cherokee, Gwinnett and Cobb Counties, along with all of Campbell County and Milton County are ceded to Fulton County.
  Campbell County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
  Cherokee County, Georgia
  Cobb County, Georgia
February 26, 1941 Eddie Rickenbacker was flying from New York to Atlanta on a Douglas DST Silversleeper when it crashed outside of Atlanta. Nine people in the plane were killed, eight injured. Rickenbacker, severely injured, lay trapped in the wreckage overnight. He was taken to Piedmont Hospital the next day.
  Fulton County, Georgia
February 27, 1941 William Byron, a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Maryland, dies from injuries sustained on Eastern Air Lines flight 21 crashed near Jonesboro, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 15, 1964 Work begins on Atlanta Stadium, later known as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium because the city needed financial help to complete the structure.
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  Fulton County, Georgia
April 12, 1966 First ball game played by the Atlanta Braves in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in front of 51,000 fans
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  Fulton County, Georgia
August 1, 1966 Atlanta Falcons play the first professional pre-season game at Atlanta Stadium (later the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium). They lose to Philadelphia 9-7
  Atlanta Falcons
  Fulton 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
April 5, 1977 In a special election to fill Andrew Young's seat in the U. S. House of Representatives, Wyche Fowler defeats Paul Coverdale.
  Fulton County, Georgia
February 4, 1982 Fulton County District Attorney Lewis Slayton rests in the case against Wayne Williams.
  Atlanta Child Murders
  Fulton County, Georgia
October 24, 1996 Last Atlanta Braves game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
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  Fulton County, Georgia
August 2, 1997 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium is demolished. It takes 30 seconds for explosive charges to level the building
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  Fulton County, Georgia
March 16, 2000 H. Rap Brown shoots Fulton County Sheriff Ricky Kinchen.
  Fulton County, Georgia
March 11, 2002 H. Rap Brown, former leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) was convicted of murdering Fulton County Sheriff Ricky Kinchen as Kinchen and another deputy attempted to serve a warrant.
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 25, 2003 Supercell thunderstorms rake Polk, Paulding, Cobb, North Fulton and Dekalb County in north Georgia as well as Stewart, Marion, Webster, Sumter, and Dooly County in the south during the late afternoon and evening hours. Dade County also suffered some damage.
  Webster County, Georgia
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
May 6, 2003 Strong storms move through north Georgia. Among the counties hardest hit are Floyd, Walker, Catoosa, Gordon, Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Dekalb, Clarke, Barrow and Elbert County.
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Bartow County, Georgia
  Catoosa County, Georgia
  Catoosa County, Georgia
  Gordon County, Georgia
  Walker County, Georgia
  Floyd County, Georgia
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Cherokee County, Georgia
  Clarke County, Georgia
April 25, 2004 Five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (USA), won the General Classification (G.C.) in the Tour de Georgia. Gord Fraser (CAN) captured today's final stage (Stage 7), an 88.4-mile course that finished with a four laps on the streets of Alpharetta
  Tour de Georgia 2004
  Fulton County, Georgia
March 11, 2005 Judge Rowland Barnes and two others are killed in a shooting at the Fulton County Courthouse. Suspect Brian Nichols was being tried for rape in Barnes' courtroom. While fleeing, Nichols murders a federal agent.
  Atlanta courthouse attack
  Fulton County, Georgia
May 13, 2005 Department of Defense recommends 5 bases from Georgia be closed
  Georgia Base Closings-2005
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Clarke County, Georgia
  Floyd County, Georgia
June 21, 2005 Sandy Springs votes to become a city in Fulton County. It is Georgia's 7th largest city.
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 1, 2006 Friends Kyle DeLapp and Hooman Nourparvar of Roswell and Steven M. Gartner of Alpharetta, in Destin, Florida on spring break swim into a dangerous rip current in the Gulf of Mexico to save the lives of 4 children
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Carnegie Awards 2007
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
May 11, 2008 11 tornadoes touch down in the state of Georgia.
  Bibb County, Georgia
  Laurens County, Georgia
  Johnson County, Georgia
  Fulton County, Georgia
  Clayton County, Georgia
  Carroll County, Georgia
  Gwinnett County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
October 13, 2010 Grammy-winning Rapper TI (Clifford Harris Jr.) talks a man into surrendering after the man threaten to jump from a 22-story Midtown building at 400 Colony Square.
  Fulton County, Georgia


Name derivation:Named in honor of Hamilton Fulton, the state engineer who accompanied Senator Wilson Lumpkin as he surveyed the Cherokee Nation prior to the Land Lottery of 1832. It is frequently, and wrongly, claimed to be named for steamboat inventor Robert Fulton.
Acquisition: Creek Cession, January 8, 1821
Taken from: Dekalb County, Georgia; Campbell County and Milton County merged into Fulton County in 1932
Counties created from: None
Cities: Atlanta (county seat), Alpharetta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Mountain Park, Roswell, Union City
Web sites:
National Register of Historic Places in Fulton County, Georgia
Fulton County, Georgia, links
Fulton County Official website
Fulton County, GA history





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