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January 1, 1954 Georgia Tech defeats West Virginia 42-19 at the Sugar Bowl
February 21, 1954 Nelson Robert Duncan, who was on the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list is apprehended in Atlanta, Georgia by police who were investigating an open skylight in a local grocery store. Duncan was attempting to burglarize the store safe.
March 13, 1954 Bobby Thomson, playing for the Milwaukee Braves, breaks his ankle while sliding into 2nd base during Spring Training. Hank Aaron replaces him.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Hank Aaron
March 13, 1954 Storms ripped through the state, including Chattahoochee, Taylor, Houstoun, Crawford, Bibb, Twiggs, Hall, Madison and Elbert County, killing 8 and injuring more than 100 people
  Bibb County, Georgia
  Elbert County, Georgia
  Crawford County, Georgia
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
April 13, 1954 Hank Aaron makes his Major League debut playing for the Milwaukee Braves.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Hank Aaron
April 23, 1954 Hank Aaron hits his first Major League home run.
  Hank Aaron
April 30, 1954 National Weather Service office in downtown Atlanta closes
  National Weather Service
May 17, 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas. The U. S. Supreme Court holds that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional
  The Road to Integration
July 20, 1954 Lake Sinclair Dam is officially dedicated
September 29, 1954 Telephone workers throughout Georgia and the Southeast go on strike.
October 30, 1954 T. Graham Brown born, Arabi, Georgia
  Anthony 'T.' Graham Brown
October 31, 1954 Martin Luther King, Jr. becomes the pastor at the Dexter Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama.
  Martin Luther King
November 18, 1954 Ray Charles, in an Atlanta, Georgia studio, records "I Got a Woman," blending rhythm and blues and gospel for the first time, forming the roots of soul music.
  Ray Charles
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
December 1, 1954 This Is Your Life airs an episode featuring comic team Laurel and Hardy
  Oliver Hardy
December 2, 1954 Georgia Senators Russell and George vote to censure Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
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