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University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
January 27, 1785 University of Georgia incorporated by the General Assembly. It is the first state-supported higher education institute in the United States
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
February 13, 1786 First board meeting for University of Georgia. Abramham Baldwin selected as president
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Abraham Baldwin
July 25, 1801 John Milledge purchases more than 600 acres of land, which he donates to the University of Georgia. It becomes the school's only home, Athens, Georgia.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
May 31, 1804 The first class graduates from University of Georgia in Athens.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
July 31, 1824 Robert Toombs admitted to the University of Georgia. He is 14 years old
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Robert Toombs
September 15, 1825 Junius and Granby Hillyer "thrash" Robert Toombs. Toombs leaves, finds a gun and tries to shoot one of the brothers. He was stopped by a third party, then returned with a knife and later another gun. The Hillyer brothers were unharmed.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Robert Toombs
September 20, 1825 Robert Toombs is dismissed from the University of Georgia. He will be reaccepted after writing a letter apologizing for the incident of the 15th.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Robert Toombs
January 31, 1840 Farewell dinner held for Abraham Baldwin Longstreet, who will be leaving his law practice to assume the presidency of Emory University
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Emory University
May 28, 1887 First track and field contest held at the University of Georgia
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
November 4, 1904 Elijah Clarke statue, at the corner of College and Hancock Streets in Athens is dedicated by University of Georgia Chancellor Walter B. Hill. It was moved to its present location on Broad Street in 1918.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
August 11, 1938 President Roosevelt speaks at the University of Georgia commencement
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Franklin Delano Roosevelt
January 28, 1958 Georgia Museum of Art in Athens opens following a complete renovation and remodeling.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
January 6, 1961 Macon judge William Bootle instructs the University of Georgia to admit Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes to the University, finding that they had been excluded from admission simply because they were black
  Donald L. Hollowell
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  The Road to Integration
January 7, 1961 After meeting with attorney Griffin Bell and others, segregationist governor Earnest Vandiver moves to stay Bootle's order to desegregate the University of Georgia
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
January 9, 1961 Bootle stays his ruling forcing the University of Georgia to desegregate. Bootle's stay is ruled "improvidently granted" by an Atlanta judge. Vernon Jordan is told to escort Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes to UGA to register for class. Georgia Governor Earnest Vandiver, who is required by law to close integrated schools does so in a way that UGA can keep operating at least for a few days: He cuts off state funding.
  Donald L. Hollowell
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
  The Road to Integration
January 10, 1961 Judge W. A. Bootle issues a temporary injunction preventing Georgia governor Earnest Vandiver from cutting off funds to the University of Georgia to prevent black Americans from attending class.
  Donald L. Hollowell
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
January 11, 1961 Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes attend their first classes at UGA. Following a nighttime basketball game, a rowdy group surrounds Hunter's dorm and is broken up by Athens police. Hunter and Holmes are suspended "for their own protection."
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Donald L. Hollowell
  The Road to Integration
January 11, 1961 Racists riot in front of Myers Hall, where Charlayne Hunter had been living, prompting University of Georgia officials to suspend Hunter and Hamilton Holmes, another black student, for their "own safety."
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
January 12, 1961 Judge W. A. Bootle strikes down a state law designed to cut off funding if the University of Georgia becomes integrated.
  Donald L. Hollowell
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
May 6, 1961 Attorney General Robert Kennedy speaks at Law Day, University of Georgia Law School, Athens
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
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
  Jimmy Carter
April 21, 1997 "Uga," the mascot for the University of Georgia, appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
February 27, 2003 Tony Cole makes charges of academic fraud in the University of Georgia basketball program on ESPN
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Vince Dooley
  Coach Jim Harrick suspended
March 10, 2003 University of Georgia suspended basketball coach Jim Harrick.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
  Vince Dooley
  Coach Jim Harrick suspended
  UGA sexual assault






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