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January 1, 1956 Georgia Tech defeats Ole Miss 7-0 at the Sugar Bowl
January 20, 1956 Branch Rickey described the problems he faced after his decision to integrate the Brooklyn Dodgers by signing Jackie Robinson in a speech in Atlanta, Georgia
January 23, 1956 Singer James Brown signed by King/Federal label
  James Brown
January 30, 1956 A bomb is tossed onto the porch of Martin Luther King's home. No one is injured as a result of the explosion.
  Martin Luther King
February 1, 1956 Savannah's WSAV TV signed on the air for the first time. It was an NBC affiliate
  City of Savannah, Georgia
February 1, 1956 The gates on Lake Lanier's dam, between Buford and Cumming, Georga, close, beginning the containment of the most popular Corps of Engineers lake in the Southeast.
  Lake Lanier
February 4, 1956 James Brown and the Famous Flames record Please, Please, Please in Cincinnati, Ohio
  James Brown
February 18, 1956 Dr. Thomas H. Brewer, who help create a Columbus chapter of the NAACP in 1937 and was an important figure in the Primus King case, is murdered by Lucio Flowers, a white policeman. Brewer was shot 7 times in front of his office in Columbus
  The Road to Integration
  Columbus, Georgia
March 12, 1956 Declaration of Constitutional Principles, also known as the "Southern Manifesto," is released to the press. Georgia Senator Richard B. Russell wrote the final draft of the Manifesto, which attacked the Supreme Court ruling on Brown v. Board of Education Topeka. Only three southern Senators refused to sign it: Estes Kefauver, Albert Gore (Sr.) and Lyndon Johnson.
  The Road to Integration
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
March 31, 1956 After meeting Red Foley at Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Brenda Lee appeared as a guest star on his Ozark Mountain Jubillee, Foley's national television show.
  Brenda Lee
  City of Augusta, Georgia
April 1, 1956 Turner Air Force Base becomes home to the U-2 plane
April 1, 1956 Long Tall Sally by "Little Richard" Penniman is released. It reaches #6 on the pop charts
  Little Richard
April 11, 1956 The Venable family signs a quit claim deed for the area encompassing Stone Mountain, giving it to Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, Inc.
  Stone Mountain
May 21, 1956 Brenda Lee, then 11, is signed to a recording contract by Decca Records
  Brenda Lee
June 8, 1956 The Great Locomotive Chase, starring Fess Parker, Jeff Hunter and Jeff York opens at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta. Much of the action was filmed on the Tallulah Falls Railroad in northeast Georgia.
June 29, 1956 President Eisenhower creates the Interstate Highway System
June 29, 1956 President Eisenhower creates the Interstate Highway System
July 2, 1956 Diocese of Atlanta is established
July 23, 1956 U. S. House of Representatives passes Civil Rights legislation. The Senate refuses to take up the issue in an election year.
  The Road to Integration
July 30, 1956 Brenda Lee sings Jambalaya at her first recording session. The single is released for the country charts.
  Brenda Lee
September 14, 1956 Oliver Hardy suffers a debilitating stroke
  Oliver Hardy
September 27, 1956 On a 3-hour layover in Atlanta, Martin Luther King attempts to eat at a Dobbs House in the Atlanta Airport. He is shown to a "dingy compartment" apart from the other passengers. He indicated to his attorney an interest in filing suit against the restaurant.
  Martin Luther King
October 14, 1956 On its way to an undefeated season, Georgia Tech introduces the first non-leather football.
October 19, 1956 Wayne-Gordon house, built by James Moore Wayne, (Savannah mayor, U. S. Congressman, Supreme Court Justice), home to William Washington Gordon (founder of Central of Georgia Railway) and birthplace of his daughter Julliette Gordon Low, and is dedicated as a museum after an extensive renovation
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts
October 27, 1956 Alexander Memorial Coliseum, on the Georgia Tech campus, is dedicated
November 13, 1956 The Supreme Court rules that segregation on city buses is illegal.
  Martin Luther King
November 18, 1956 Atlanta phone numbers are all 7 digits long
December 17, 1956 Horace Ward's suit opens in court, as he continues his attempt to integrate the University of Georgia
  Donald L. Hollowell
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