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January 28, 1958 Georgia Museum of Art in Athens opens following a complete renovation and remodeling.
  University of Georgia, Athens (UGA)
February 5, 1958 An unarmed hydrogen bomb is jettisoned from a B-47 flying over Tybee Roads (the shipping lanes off Tybee Island) into Wassaw Sound after a mid-air accident
  Nuclear warhead near Savannah
February 21, 1958 Gov. Marvin Griffin signs a bill creating the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, superceding the old Authority.
  Stone Mountain
March 9, 1958 Duluth telephone exchange becomes GReenleaf-6.
March 20, 1958 Actress Holly Hunter born, Conyers
  Holly Hunter
March 22, 1958 Hank Williams, Jr. makes his stage debut in Swainsboro
April 6, 1958 Arnold Palmer wins the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. It is his first "major" tournament win.
  Masters Tournament
April 10, 1958 Following the death of Chuck Willis earlier in the day, American Bandstand Emcee Dick Clark dedicates the show to the R&B singer
  Chuck Willis
April 10, 1958 R&B singer Chuck Willis died in Atlanta, Georgia from peritonitis. He was barely 30 years old.
  Chuck Willis
April 21, 1958 Up to 2 inches of hail fell on Ben Hill and Sumter Counties. There was no reported damage.
  Ben Hill County, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
May 17, 1958 Good Golly, Miss Molly by "Little Richard" Penniman is released.
May 22, 1958 Construction begins on the world's first merchant ship with nuclear power, The Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
May 27, 1958 Wayne Williams is born in Atlanta
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 3, 1958 Poet Byron Herbert Reece, ill and financially hurting, commits suicide
  Union County, Georgia
June 25, 1958 Margie Dell Pitts and Eleanor Joyce Chapman join the National Guard in Griffin, the first women to do so.
  Spalding County, Georgia
July 18, 1958 First National Bank and Trust of Asheville and Union National Bank of Charlotte creates First Union Bank
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
August 7, 1958 Dahlonega and Lumpkin County present a gift of gold for the state capitol - the gold leaf for the top of the capitol dome arrives via an 1830's wagon train
  Dahlonega, Georgia
August 8, 1958 Deborah Norville born, Dalton, Georgia
September 6, 1958 Comedian Jeff Foxworthy born, Atlanta
September 10, 1958 Ernest Vandiver wins the Democratic gubernatorial primary, assuring his victory in the general election
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
September 19, 1958 Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial, Inc. gives Stone Mountain to the state of Georgia
  Stone Mountain
September 20, 1958 Martin Luther King is stabbed by a mentally deranged woman from Adrian, Georgia, while on a book tour in New York City.
  Martin Luther King
October 1, 1958 James Brown first #1 hit, Try Me, is released
  James Brown
October 12, 1958 The Reform Jewish Temple in Atlanta is destroyed, dynamited by the Ku Klux Klan.
  Ku Klux Klan in Georgia
October 17, 1958 Country music singer and songwriter Alan Jackson born, Newnan
December 15, 1958 Atlanta City Council approves the largest single expenditure in its history, almost 10 million dollars for a new airport. It is completed in 1961
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