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January 21, 1959 Tornado strikes Chickamauga battlefield, knocking down 2,000 trees
  Georgia Tornadoes
  Catoosa County, Georgia
February 5, 1959 Carson McCullers introduces Marilyn Monroe to Karen Blixen (Out of Africa).
  Carson McCullers
March 19, 1959 Ralph David Abernathy III is born in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the son of Ralph David Abernathy, Jr., vice-president of the SCLC.
  Ralph David Abernathy III
  Ralph David Abernathy, Jr.
April 11, 1959 Springer Mountain, between Fannin County and Gilmer County, becomes the start of the Appalachian Trail, replacing Oglethorpe Mountain (Pickens County). The change reduced the length of the Appalachian Trail by about 15 miles
  Gilmer County, Georgia
  Pickens County, Georgia
  Fannin County, Georgia
May 25, 1959 Lake Lanier reaches its normal height (1,070 feet above sea level) for the first time.
  Lake Lanier
June 16, 1959 United States District Court Judge Frank H. Hooper rules that although he does not have the power to order integration, he does have the power to end segregation. He orders the Atlanta City Schools to desegregate
  Frank A. Hooper
  The Road to Integration
July 20, 1959 Donald Eugene McGregor of Brunswick, 15, rescues a family of four from drowning when their sloop began breaking up off Cumberland Island.
  Donald Eugene McGregor
  Glynn County, Georgia
July 21, 1959 Hank Aaron appears on the TV show "Home Run Derby."
  Hank Aaron
July 21, 1959 Launch of the merchant vessel Savannah, first nuclear-powered ship in its class
  City of Savannah, Georgia
July 27, 1959 William Shea, a wealthy New York attorney, announces the formation of the Continental League, slated to begin play in 1961. Atlanta is one of the cities in which Shea wants to put a baseball team.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
August 13, 1959 Brenda Lee records "Sweet Nothin's," her first top ten hit
  Brenda Lee
August 19, 1959 Blind Willie McTell dies from a cerebral hemhorrage, Milledgeville, Georgia
  William Samuel 'Blind Willie' McTell
November 1, 1959 Ray Charles ends his eight-year association with Atlantic Records for ABC-Paramount. Thet offered him the eventual ownership of his master recordings.
  Ray Charles
November 29, 1959 The Midway Colonial Museum, Midway, Georgia, is dedicated.
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