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January 1, 1946 Georgia defeats Tulsa 20-6 in the Oil Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
March 6, 1946 Judge Samuel Sibley rules against the Georgia Democratic Party in the U. S. Circuit Court. They had argued that the Democratic Party Primary was neither funded by or controlled by the state and was exempt from exempt from Constitutional rules regarding disenfranchisement
  The Road to Integration
April 1, 1946 The U. S. Supreme Court declines a request to overturn Sibley's ruling
  The Road to Integration
June 3, 1946 U. S. Supreme Court bans segregation on interstate buses
  The Road to Integration
June 4, 1946 President Harry S. Truman signs the (Russell-Ellender) National School Lunch Act into law. The act assured every child of a well-balanced, low-cost meal at school. It was one of Dick Russell's major accomplishments
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
July 1, 1946 The Centers for Disease Control, Communicable Disease Center is organized in Atlanta
July 7, 1946 Jimmy Carter marries his childhood sweetheart, Eleanor Rosalynn Smith
  Jimmy Carter
July 25, 1946 Four blacks, two of whom were female, are pulled from a car in Walton County by a gang of white men. One of the men had been accused of attacking his employer and had just been bailed out of jail. According to testimony, one of the females recognized the attackers. All four were murdered. This incident is commonly called the "Walton County Massacre"
  Walton County, Georgia
August 6, 1946 The Atlanta Constitution publishes Martin Luther King's letter to the editor in which the future civil rights leader calls for "basic rights and opportunities" for blacks.
  The Road to Integration
  Martin Luther King
August 18, 1946 The state of Georgia grants a charter to "The Colombians," a highly organized, all-white group of neo-Nazis (although the state did not know this at the time) that promoted hatred of Jews and blacks.
  The Colombians
August 21, 1946 Savannah trollies make their final run.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
September 25, 1946 Chief Justice of the state supreme court Robert Benham is born in Cartersville
October 13, 1946 Actor Demond Wilson born, Valdosta, Georgia
October 28, 1946 Ralph Childers, a member of the Colombians, a white supremacy organization, blackjacked Clifford Hines for no reason other than he was a black man walking on a street the Colombians patrolled.
  The Colombians
October 31, 1946 The home of Minnie Sibley on Ashby Street was bombed by the Colombians. Sibley was black.
  The Colombians
November 4, 1946 Gov. Ellis Arnell, during an interview with Atlanta Constitution reporter Celestine Sibley, announces a four-point program to help rid the state of groups such as the Colombians
  The Colombians
November 20, 1946 Duane Allman born, Nashville, Tennessee
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
December 7, 1946 119 people lose their lives in the worst hotel disaster in the United States when Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel burned. The hotel had 15 stories, but Atlanta fire-fighting equipment could not handle any building taller than 8 stories
  Atlanta's Winecoff Hotel
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 10, 1946 Two members of the Colombians describe in detail the activities of the group to an anti-Nazi group
  The Colombians
December 20, 1946 George Ervin "Sonny" Perdue III born, Perry, Georgia
  Sonny Perdue
December 21, 1946 Gene Talmadge dies, cirrhosis of liver, beginning Georgia's three governors controversy
  Eugene Talmadge
December 21, 1946 Eugene Talmadge, who had recently been elected, but not inaugurated, governor of Georgia dies, sparking the "three governors controversy"
  Georgia's Three Governors Controversy
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