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Jimmy Carter
October 1, 1924 Jimmy Carter born, Plains, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
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August 18, 1927 Rosalynn Smith (Carter) born, Plains, Georgia
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July 7, 1946 Jimmy Carter marries his childhood sweetheart, Eleanor Rosalynn Smith
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March 26, 1962 In Baker v. Carr, the Supreme Court establishes the "one man, one vote" rule.
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October 16, 1962 Jimmy Carter loses the Democratic primary in a run for the Georgia senate. Carter asks for a recount and wins, thanks to Baker v. Carr
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November 2, 1962 Carl Sanders is the first Georgia governor elected by popular vote. Jimmy Carter wins the state senate seat for Quitman County
  Carl Sanders
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January 14, 1963 Jimmy Carter sworn in as state senator
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June 12, 1966 Jimmy Carter announces he will campaign for governor of Georgia
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June 12, 1966 Jimmy Carter announces he will campaign for governor of Georgia
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September 15, 1966 In one of the tightest races for governor in the history of the state, Ellis Arnell, Lester Maddox, Jimmy Carter and James Grey all finish with more than 150,000 votes. Arnell and Maddox are forced into a run-off
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  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
  Lester Maddox
January 6, 1969 Jimmy Carter witnesses a flying saucer
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April 3, 1970 Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for governor. He will run against former governor Carl Sanders and others
  Carl Sanders
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September 9, 1970 Jimmy Carter forces a run-off in the Democratic primary for governor, garnering more than 48% of the vote
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September 23, 1970 Carter wins run-off
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November 3, 1970 Carter defeats Republican Hal Suit in race for governor. Lester Maddox, who was the pro-segregation governor preceding Carter, becomes Lieutenant Governor
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January 12, 1971 "The time for racial discrimination is over" announces Jimmy Carter, Georgia's new governor, shocking a mostly white Georgia crowd
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February 15, 1971 A massive restructuring plan for Georgia's bureaucracy is signed into law by Jimmy Carter
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May 31, 1971 Representing Benjamin Hill's "New South," Gov. Jimmy Carter makes the first of many appearances on the cover of Time magazine
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July 11, 1972 Carter lobbies to be George McGovern's vice-presidential running mate on the 1972 Democratic ticket
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October 17, 1972 Jimmy Carter first mentions the idea of running for president to his staff
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December 13, 1973 Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter appears on The New What's My Line, hosted by Larry Blyden, with panel members Gene Shalit, Dana Valery, Arlene Francis and Soupy Sales. They are unable to determine that he is governor of Georgia.
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May 4, 1974 Dedication of Dean Rusk portrait, University of Georgia. Among those speaking are Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy. Gonzo reporter Hunter S. Thompson (Rolling Stone) becomes a fan of the governor after an impassioned plea to use political office as a vehicle to end social injustice.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Dean Rusk
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June 2, 1974 Jimmy Carter appears on Meet The Press
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December 12, 1974 Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for President of the United States
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January 19, 1976 Jimmy Carter wins the Iowa caucuses
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February 24, 1976 Carter wins New Hampshire Democratic primary
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March 9, 1976 Carter wins Florida Democratic primary
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March 16, 1976 Carter wins Illinois Democratic primary
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April 3, 1976 "Ethnic purity" gaff
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April 6, 1976 Carter wins Wisconsin Democratic primary
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April 8, 1976 Carter apologizes for "ethnic purity" remark
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September 23, 1976 During the first presidential debate of 1976, and the first since 1960, the audio feed from Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater dropped for 27 minutes during an answer by Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. Post-debate polling showed Carter losing the debate to President Gerald Ford, 39% to 31%
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October 6, 1976 Second Ford-Carter debate. Carter wins post-debate polling, 40%-30%
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November 2, 1976 Jimmy Carter becomes the first native born Georgian elected President of the United States
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December 16, 1976 President-elect Jimmy Carter nominates Andrew Young as U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  Andrew Young
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January 20, 1977 Jimmy Carter asks Max Cleland to head the Veterans Administration
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  Max Cleland
January 20, 1977 Jimmy Carter becomes the first native-born Georgian to be inaugurated President of the United States
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January 21, 1977 President Jimmy Carter pardons all Vietnam-era draft dodgers
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July 11, 1977 President Carter presents the Martin Luther King's Medal of Freedom to Coretta Scott King, his wife
  Martin Luther King
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September 21, 1977 Office of Management and Budget Director Bert Lance resigns his position because of allegations of unethical behavior within the National Bank of Georgia
  Bert Lance
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September 17, 1978 Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt and Menachem Begin, prime minister of Israel sign the Camp David Peace Accords. This historic moment was brokered by Jimmy Carter.
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January 1, 1979 Full diplomatic relations with the communist government of China resumes
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April 20, 1979 President Jimmy Carter, while on vacation in Plains, Georgia, is attacked by what press secretary Jody Powell described as a "swamp rabbit." The press, completely ignorant as to swamp rabbits, portrayed Carter being attacked by a "killer" bunny rabbit.
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  Jody Powell
November 4, 1979 Islamic militants seize the American Embassy in Tehran, the capital city of Iran.
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May 21, 1980 Jimmy Carter declares environmental state of emergency and orders the evacuation of residents of the Love Canal
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June 1, 1980 President Jimmy Carter visits Vernon Jordan in Fort Wayne, Indiana as Jordan is recovering from an attempted assassination.
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  Vernon Jordan
September 21, 1980 Presidential candidates Ronald Reagan (Republican) and John Anderson (Independent) square off in a debate without President Jimmy Carter
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October 28, 1980 Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican nominee Ronald Reagan square off in a televised debate.
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November 4, 1980 Ronald Reagan defeats Jimmy Carter to become President of the United States. Mack Mattingly defeats Senator Herman Talmadge to become the first Republican U. S. Senator since Reconstruction
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February 12, 1981 The Atlanta Area Consortium recommends a 35 acre park east of downtown Atlanta as the site of the Carter Presidential Library, with a parkway for access. Opposition to the plan by the neighborhood around the park is immediate.
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April 21, 1982 Jimmy Carter is appointed a professor at Emory University
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  Emory University
September 22, 1983 Plans for the Carter Center are unveiled.
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October 2, 1984 Groundbreaking for the Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Original plans have been modified to answer some of the local concerns.
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October 1, 1986 The Carter Presidential Museum and Library and the Carter Center are dedicated.
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October 1, 1986 Carter Presidential Library is dedicated.
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January 21, 1987 Carter Presidential Library is open to researchers
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December 23, 1987 Creation of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains, Georgia
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May 7, 1989 Former president Jimmy Carter calls recent Panamanian elections "fraudulent" after first-hand observation.
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February 16, 1993 Jimmy Carter and Michael Jackson are appointed co-chairs of the "Heal Our Children" initiative
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March 5, 1997 Yasser Arafat travels to Plains, GA (Sumter County) to meet former President Jimmy Carter
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  Sumter County, Georgia
March 22, 2002 Former President Jimmy Carter accepts the Ivan Allan Award at Georgia Tech
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December 10, 2002 Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize
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January 11, 2007 14 board members from the Carter Center resign, telling former President Carter We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising position. This is not the Carter Center or the Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support.
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September 15, 2009 Jimmy Carter portrays an outburst by a South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson as "racist." During a speech by President Obama in Congress, Wilson called out "You lie" when the President said his health care package would not cover illegal immigrants.
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