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January 1, 1947 Georgia defeats the University of North Carolina in the Sugar Bowl
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 15, 1947 Herman Talmadge, son of Gene Talmadge and a write-in candidate on the 1946 gubernatorial ballot, claimed the governorship of Georgia. Outgoing governor Ellis Arnell refused to acknowledge Talmadge's claim to the governorship.
  Georgia's Three Governors Controversy
January 19, 1947 Gov. Ellis Arnell resigns in favor of Lt. Governor M. E. Thompson
  Georgia's Three Governors Controversy
January 19, 1947 Josh Gibson dies, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania from a stroke.
February 15, 1947 Emory Burke and Homer Loomis are found guilty on various charges stemming from the activities of The Colombians, an Atlanta-based racist group
  The Colombians
March 19, 1947 Lt. Governor M. E. Thompson is made governor by the Georgia Supreme Court
  Georgia's Three Governors Controversy
April 9, 1947 The "Journey of Reconciliation" began, testing the adherence to new integrated interstate bus rules throughout the South, including Georgia. First of a number of "Freedom Rides", as they would later be known, sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
  The Road to Integration
April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson dons a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and walks onto Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn as firstbaseman (he would later play 2nd base and other positions). At that moment he becomes the first modern-era black player in the history of baseball.
  Jackie Robinson
May 2, 1947 JoAnn Pflug born, Atlanta, Georgia
  JoAnn Pflug
June 21, 1947 Inaugural run of "Man o' War" rail service between Columbus and Atlanta on the Central of Georgia Railway
  Columbus, Georgia
July 11, 1947 Five male inmates at a "Negro" prison are killed and 8 are wounded when 27 convicts attempted to escape the facility. 14 escaped prisoners gave themselves up voluntarily.
  Glynn County, Georgia
August 15, 1947 Captain Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter born, Macon, GA
  Capt. Manley Lanier Carter
September 3, 1947 Ernest Vandiver marries Richard B. Russell's niece, Sybil Elizabeth Russell
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
September 17, 1947 Jackie Robinson named The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year
  Jackie Robinson
October 15, 1947 Following an attempt to weaken a hurricane by seeding it with dry ice, the storm does an about face and comes ashore near Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
October 15, 1947 Shortly after being seeded with dry ice, a hurricane turns and hits Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
October 25, 1947 Secretary of the Interior declares Kennesaw Mountain NBP as "officially established." (The land acquisition, which had been challenged in court, was approved)
  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
December 8, 1947 Gregg Allman born, Nashville, Tennessee
  Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band
December 25, 1947 Atlanta Journal-Constitution moves to a new building at 143 Alabama St.
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