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Marietta, GA
January 22, 1852 City of Marietta incorporated
  Marietta, GA
October 9, 1863 Jeff Davis addresses a crowd at Marietta, GA
  Marietta, GA
  Jefferson Davis
November 13, 1864 Downtown Marietta destroyed by Union Cavalry General Judson Kilpatrick
  Marietta, GA
  March to the Sea
February 17, 1897 Alice McLellan Birney, a native of Marietta, Georgia, organizes the National Congress of Mothers, which became the Parent Teachers Association
  Marietta, GA
April 23, 1897 Lucius Clay born, Marietta, Georgia
  Marietta, GA
  General Lucius D. Clay
June 1, 1900 Mary Phagan born, Marietta, Georgia
  Marietta, GA
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
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)
August 17, 1915 A lynch mob hangs Leo Frank, near the present-day site of the Big Chicken
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Marietta, GA
January 17, 1916 Marietta Country Club incorporated. Their 9-hole course would expand to 18 holes in 1966.
  Marietta, GA
February 8, 1917 Kennesaw Mountain, west of Marietta, is authorized by Congress to become a memorial to the men who died in the Civil War battle. It is transferred from the War Department to the National Parks Service
  Marietta, GA
  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
May 31, 1925 The Wisconsin Monument, dedicated to the Union soldiers from Wisconsin who died in Georgia, is dedicated at the Marietta National Cemetery
  Marietta, GA
March 30, 1942 Ground is broken for the new Bell Bomber factory in Marietta
  Marietta, GA
June 15, 1943 58th Bombardment Wing of the Army Air Force is formed in Marietta, Georgia. It is the first B-29 unit established by the Army Air Force
  Marietta, GA
June 15, 1943 Marietta Army Airfield (AKA Cobb County Airport) is designated by General Order
  Marietta, GA
  Cobb County, Georgia
June 4, 1948 Secretary of Defense transfers functions at the air field in Marietta from the Army to the Air Force
  Marietta, GA
February 15, 1950 Marietta Air Force Base is renamed Dobbins Air Force Base in honor of Capt. Charles Dobbins, a flyer from Marietta who was shot down in the Mediterranean Sea near Sicily in July, 1943
  Marietta, GA
September 1, 1952 A spate of UFO sightings riled people in Atlanta and Marietta
  Marietta, GA
  UFO sightings in Marietta and Atlanta
March 29, 1954 Secretary of the Navy Robert B. Anderson presents the Medal of Honor for Corporal Lee Hugh Phillips to his mother, Izora Cantrell. Phillips body is reinterred at the Marietta National Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia.
  Marietta, GA
  Corporal Lee Hugh Phillips
December 2, 1962 A Louisville and Nashville train derails in Marietta, Georgia while carrying nuclear weapons components
  Marietta, GA
February 9, 1963 Country music star Travis Tritt born, Marietta
  Marietta, GA
  Travis Tritt
July 22, 1963 Official roll-out of the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter in Marietta by President John Kennedy.
  Marietta, GA
October 31, 1963 Just before Halloween festivities were scheduled to begin in downtown Marietta, Georgia, Atherton's Drug Store exploded in a ball of flames, killing 7 and injuring 34
  Marietta, GA
June 3, 1985 61-year old cancer patient Katy Yarbrough is overdosed with radiation by a Therac 25 at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, the first such case reported. The machine will eventually be withdrawn from the market and the FDA will rewrite virtually all of its regulations as a result of this and other cases involving the Therac 25.
  Marietta, GA
November 29, 1992 Sara Tokars, a Marietta homemaker, is killed in front of her two young children.
  Marietta, GA
  Fred Tokars orders a 'hit' on his wife
December 31, 1996 After a service in Atlanta, JonBenet Ramsey's body is laid to rest in Marietta, Georgia.
  Marietta, GA
February 27, 1998 Following a piece on America's Most Wanted, Tony Ray Amati is arrested in Marietta, Georgia. He had been one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted
  Marietta, GA
April 8, 1998 Deadly tornadoes strike Marietta, Dunwoody, and Duluth
  Marietta, GA
  Georgia Tornadoes
June 11, 2002 Life College, Marietta, Georgia, the largest Chiropractic College in the nation, loses its accreditation.
  Marietta, GA
July 26, 2002 Gone With the Wind memorabilia auction nets Melanie Hamilton's sweater for Marietta Museum
  Marietta, GA
  Memorabilia auction nets gains for Marietta museum
June 13, 2003 Dumb and Dumberer, a "prequel" to Dumb and Dumber is released. It was filmed in Marietta and Atlanta
  Marietta, GA
  Movies filmed in Georgia
February 2, 2004 Jury selection in the Lynn Turner trial begins in Marietta.
  Marietta, GA
  Cobb County, Georgia
  Lynn Turner
November 2, 2004 Three-term Republican congressman Johnny Isakson of Marietta defeated Decatur Democrat Denise Majette from the U. S. House of Representatives to win the U. S. Senate seat vacated by Zell Miller. Also elected to the U. S. House were Jack Kingston (1st), Sanford Bishop (2nd), Jim Marshall (3rd), Cynthia McKinney (4th), John Lewis (5th), Tom Price (6th),John Linder (7th), Lynn Westmoreland (8th), Charlie Norwood (9th), Nathan Deal (10th), Phil Gingrey (11th), John Barrow (12th), and David Scott (13th).
  Marietta, GA
  Zell Miller
  Cynthia McKinney
September 5, 2009 17-year old Melanie Oudin of Marietta defeats seeded Maria Sharapova at the U. S. Open. Oudin will eventually lose in the quarter finals.
  Marietta, GA






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