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January 6, 1966 The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), of which Julian Bond was a member, issued an anti-war statement which advocated draft-dodging. Bond's signature appeared on the document.
  Julian Bond
January 10, 1966 Georgia legislature refuses to seat Julian Bond because of his advocation of draft-dodging. Bond would have been the first black legislator in Georgia since Reconstruction
  Julian Bond
January 14, 1966 7 county raid centered in Swainsboro nets 63 stills
  Emanuel County, Georgia
January 16, 1966 St. Mary's Hospital in Athens begins operations
February 16, 1966 The Atlanta Falcons round out their roster with an additional 42 players via a supplimental league draft.
  Atlanta Falcons
April 12, 1966 First ball game played by the Atlanta Braves in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in front of 51,000 fans
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 19, 1966 Donald Hollowell, appointed as Regional Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by President Lyndon B. Johnson, opens the Atlanta office of the EEOC.
April 20, 1966 Now an Atlanta Brave, Aaron hits his 400th home run
  Hank Aaron
May 16, 1966 11 people were injured in a tornado that touched down in Muscogee County Georgia, causing almost 3 million dollars of damage.
  Muscogee County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
May 18, 1966 Former Governor Earnest Vandiver, considered the front-runner for this year's governors race, withdraws his name from contention. He had suffered a mild heart attack and would not be able to handle a campaign
  Ernest Vandiver, Jr.
May 30, 1966 Singer Dolly Parton marries Carl Dean in Ringgold, Georgia
  Catoosa County, Georgia
June 8, 1966 The American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL) agree to a merger. Atlanta becomes part of the Western Division of the NFL
  Atlanta Falcons
June 12, 1966 Jimmy Carter announces he will campaign for governor of Georgia
  Jimmy Carter
  Jimmy Carter
July 2, 1966 Sweet Pea by Tommy Roe reaches #8 on Billboard
  Tommy Roe
August 1, 1966 Falcons play their first (preseason) game in Atlanta.
  Atlanta Falcons
August 1, 1966 Atlanta Falcons play the first professional pre-season game at Atlanta Stadium (later the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium). They lose to Philadelphia 9-7
  Atlanta Falcons
  Fulton County, Georgia
September 6, 1966 Atlanta, The City Too Busy to Hate erupts in race riots resulting from a century of black oppression
  The Road to Integration
September 11, 1966 Atlanta Falcons play their first regular season game at Atlanta Stadium. They lose to the Los Angeles Rams, 19-14
  Atlanta Falcons
September 11, 1966 Delta Chairman of the Board C. E. Woolman dies
  Delta Air Lines
September 15, 1966 In one of the tightest races for governor in the history of the state, Ellis Arnell, Lester Maddox, Jimmy Carter and James Grey all finish with more than 150,000 votes. Arnell and Maddox are forced into a run-off
  Jimmy Carter
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
  Lester Maddox
September 28, 1966 Lester Maddox defeats Ellis Arnell in a Democratic run-off. Arnell announces he will run for governor as a third-party candidate
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
  Lester Maddox
September 28, 1966 Lillian Smith dies, Atlanta, Georgia
  Lillian Smith
October 15, 1966 Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace added to the National Register
  Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts
November 8, 1966 No one wins the Election for governor of Georgia. "Bo" Callaway, Republican, wins the popular vote but not a majority, thanks to Ellis Arnell's third party run for the position. According to Georgia law at the time the legislature must decide the outcome. They choose segregationist Lester Maddox (Democrat) to the lead the state. Final totals in the election: Howard H. "Bo" Callaway: 449,894 (47.07%) Lester G. Maddox: 448,044 (46.88%) Ellis G. Arnall: 57,832 (6.05%)
  Lester Maddox
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
November 8, 1966 Democrat Richard B. Russell re-elected to the U. S. Senate.
November 13, 1966 Savannah Historic District created in an attempt to preserve James Oglethorpe's 1733 plan for the city.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
November 20, 1966 The Atlanta Falcons defeat the New York Giants, 27-16, marking the first victory in franchise history (they had lost 9 games by this time)
  Atlanta Falcons
December 3, 1966 Ray Charles receives a 5-year suspended sentence for possession of a controlled substance (heroine).
December 5, 1966 The U.S. Supreme Court hears the case involving the election of the Governor of Georgia.
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
December 5, 1966 U. S. Supreme Court reverses a lower court decision, ruling in Julian Bond's favor. Bond had been denied his seat in the Georgia House because he had encouraged draft dodging.
  Julian Bond
December 12, 1966 U. S. Supreme Court overturns a lower court ruling, permitting the election of the governor of Georgia by a vote in the Georgia legislature.
  1966 Election for Governor of Georgia
December 31, 1966 Georgia defeats SMU 24-9 in the Cotton Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
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