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January 14, 1963 Jimmy Carter sworn in as state senator
  Jimmy Carter
January 17, 1963 Supreme Court hears arguments in Sanders v. Gray, which covers the county-unit system of voting violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
January 20, 1963 More than 2.5 million dollars in damage is done in Clay County and a person is killed when an F1 tornado travels some 7 miles across the county.
  Georgia Tornadoes
February 9, 1963 Country music star Travis Tritt born, Marietta
  Marietta, GA
  Travis Tritt
March 18, 1963 Supreme Court decides the county-unit system violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment (Sanders v. Gray)
April 12, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, representing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is arrested in Birmingham, AL, for contempt of court and parading without a permit. He had come to Birmingham in an attempt to integrate public facilities in accordance with Supreme Court rulings. While in jail he composed his response to a public letter from 8 clergymen (who were white) criticizing him for breaking the law. King responded that We have waited 340 years for our constitutional and God-given rights. ...it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say "wait."
  The Road to Integration
  Martin Luther King
April 16, 1963 The Antebellum Plantation opens at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park
  Stone Mountain
April 20, 1963 Losing You, Brenda Lee's last top ten hit, peaks at #6
  Brenda Lee
April 24, 1963 W. W. Law calls for an end to the "night marches" in Savannah, used to encourage blacks to vote because of violence attributed to non-participants during the marches.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  The Road to Integration
June 3, 1963 Vice-president Lyndon Baines Johnson tells advises President John F. Kennedy (through a staff member) that "blacks are tired of this patience stuff..." and that Kennedy ought to "sit-down with Russell" and answer every argument he made against civil rights
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
  The Road to Integration
June 10, 1963 The Senate votes on cloture on a Civil Rights debate, passing it 71 to 29. This is the first time that the "Southern Bloc" of segregationist senators was defeated trying to block Civil Rights legislation
  The Road to Integration
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
June 17, 1963 Central of Georgia Railway becomes a subsidiary of Southern Railway
July 2, 1963 Warren Spahn in epic battle against Juan Marichal, as they each pitched 16 scoreless innings. Marichal's Giants eventually beat Spahn's Braves 1-0 on a Willie Mays homer
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
July 16, 1963 Carl Vinson, at 48 years, 8 months and 13 days becomes the longest serving member in the House of Representatives
July 17, 1963 Groundbreaking on a new visitors center at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
July 22, 1963 Official roll-out of the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter in Marietta by President John Kennedy.
  Marietta, GA
August 3, 1963 Dean Rusk signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in Moscow.
  Dean Rusk
August 9, 1963 Whitney Houston born, Newark, New Jersey. Her mother is singer Cissy (Emily) Houston, her cousin is Dionne Warwick
  Whitney Houston
August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King leads a march of 250,000 supporters of Civil Rights in Washington D.C. Speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King tells the racially mixed crowd "I Have A Dream." Some estimate the crowd at 400,000. This is the culmination of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and speakers other than King include Georgian John Lewis, then chairman of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee).
  Martin Luther King
September 2, 1963 Macon's Ron Fairly graces the cover of Sports Illustrated
  Ron Fairly
September 10, 1963 Groundbreaking for St. Mary's Hospital, Athens, Georgia
  Clarke County, Georgia
October 1, 1963 Georgia, eight months ahead of the National Civil Rights Act comprehensively desegregates virtually every public facility
  The Road to Integration
October 27, 1963 Marla Maples born, Dalton, Georgia
October 31, 1963 Just before Halloween festivities were scheduled to begin in downtown Marietta, Georgia, Atherton's Drug Store exploded in a ball of flames, killing 7 and injuring 34
  Marietta, GA
November 29, 1963 President Lyndon Johnson issues a call for a committee to investigate the Kennedy assassination. Georgia Senator Richard Russell's name is on the list of members.
  Richard B. Russell, Jr.
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