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January 23, 1964 The 24th Amendment to the Constitution, elimination of poll tax, becomes law. Georgia does not ratify.
  The Road to Integration
  Georgia, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
January 29, 1964 Dallas (Georgia) added to the Metro Atlanta telephone calling area
February 1, 1964 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, an influential cross-over hit for James Brown is released
  James Brown
February 17, 1964 Luke Appling inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown
  Luke Appling
March 5, 1964 Milwaukee Braves owners complete negotiations to move the team to Atlanta, Georgia.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
March 12, 1964 Earthquake epicentered in tiny Haddock, Georgia, between Milledgeville and Macon
  Earthquakes that have struck Georgia
April 15, 1964 Work begins on Atlanta Stadium, later known as Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium because the city needed financial help to complete the structure.
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 23, 1964 Ground is broken for improving runways at Atlanta Airport by Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
May 15, 1964 After passing a bad check in a Rome, Georgia store, Sammie Earl Ammons is chased by local authorities into Cherokee County, Alabama, where he is arrested. He had been one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted
  Rome, Georgia
May 26, 1964 Robert Kennedy speaks at the dedication of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy chapel on the campus of the University of West Georgia, Carroll County, Georgia
June 12, 1964 The Atlanta Times newspaper publishes its first issue
June 27, 1964 On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, a granite overlook on Big Kennesaw Mountain is dedicated to the generals in the battle that were born in Georgia
  Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
July 3, 1964 A day after the signing of the Civil Rights bill, 5 ministers visit Pickrick Restaurant, a whites-only establishment owned by Lester Maddox. Descriptions of the events that occurred that day varies widely, but Maddox will be charged with assault
  Lester Maddox
July 4, 1964 Carving resumes on the Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial
  Stone Mountain
August 3, 1964 Flannery O'Connor died, Baldwin County Hospital, Milledgeville, from complications resulting from lupus.
  Baldwin County, Georgia
  Flannery O'Connor
September 11, 1964 Hurricane Dora moves back across Florida and Georgia dumping substantial rain on Brunswick.
  Glynn County, Georgia
September 14, 1964 Carl Vinson is awarded the Medal of Freedom by U. S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson.
  Carl Vinson, Father of the Two Ocean Navy
September 18, 1964 Martin Luther King meets Pope Paul VI in Vatican City
  Martin Luther King
September 19, 1964 Covenant College on Lookout Mountain is dedicated
  Lookout Mountain
September 19, 1964 Vince Dooley begins his college coaching career with a 31-3 loss to Alabama
  Vince Dooley
September 19, 1964 Trisha Yearwood born, Monticello, Georgia
October 5, 1964 Heart of Atlanta v. U. S., the landmark case that expanded the "commerce clause" of the U. S. Constitution, is argued.
October 14, 1964 William Bartholomay announces the Braves move to Atlanta
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  William Bartholomay announces the Braves are moving to Atlanta
October 14, 1964 Lawrenceville added to the Metro Atlanta telephone calling area
October 14, 1964 Buford added to the Metro Atlanta calling area
November 3, 1964 Georgia is one of six states whose electoral votes are won by Barry Goldwater. Lyndon Johnson wins by a landslide. Georgia objected to much of Johnson's "Great Society" plans.
November 3, 1964 Georgia, along with other southern states, vote for Republican candidate Barry Goldwater. It is the first time this happened since the Republican Party was founded.
November 7, 1964 "Last Kiss," a song written by Wayne Cochran, and recorded by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers reaches #2. The song is dedicated to a young woman who died in an accident in Barnesville, Georgia.
December 10, 1964 Martin Luther King accepts the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway
  Martin Luther King
December 13, 1964 Donald Eugene McGregor dies when a car in which he was a passenger spun out of control and overturned near Brunswick Marina during a rainstorm.
  Donald Eugene McGregor
  Glynn County, Georgia
December 14, 1964 In Heart of Atlanta v. U. S.The U. S. Supreme Court upholds the Civil Right Act of 1964. The "commerce clause" does allow Congress to regulate local commerce, noting the bill was "limited to enterprises having a direct and substantial relation to the interstate flow of goods and people"
December 24, 1964 In a 3-day string of bad weather around the Christmas holidays, tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail cause 2 deaths and injure 20. More than 10 million dollars in damage is the result of this storm system. Hardest hit were Jones County, where a tornado killed 2 and injured 16, and Meriwether County where 2.5 inches of hail fell in a short period of time.
  Georgia Tornadoes
December 26, 1964 Georgia defeats Texas Tech 7-0 in the Sun Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
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