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January 1, 1970 Atlanta UHF Channel 17, WJRJ becomes WTCG (Turner Communications Group
  Ted Turner
January 25, 1970 M*A*S*H premiers, New York City
  JoAnn Pflug
February 20, 1970 Georgia ratifies the 19th Amendment, allowing women the right to vote, 50 years after it becomes law
  Georgia, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
March 25, 1970 "Mary Doe" applies for a "therapeutic abortion" (allowed under Georgia's laws), but is turned down.
  Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton
March 27, 1970 Georgia ratifies the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote
April 2, 1970 A TV show titled "It Couldn't be Done" features the carving at Stone Mountain in a segment
  Stone Mountain
April 2, 1970 Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for governor of Georgia
April 3, 1970 Jimmy Carter announces his candidacy for governor. He will run against former governor Carl Sanders and others
  Carl Sanders
  Jimmy Carter
April 16, 1970 Lawyers for "Mary Doe" and other pro-choice entities begin federal action to overturn Georgia's abortion laws.
  Roe v. Wade expanded in ruling on Doe v. Bolton
April 23, 1970 James Dickey's work Deliverance is published. The work is loosely based on an incident that occurred when he paddled down the Coosawattee River between Ellijay and Carters (Quarters). The area in which it happened was to be flooded to form Carters Lake.
  James Dickey
April 26, 1970 Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins born, Des Moines, Iowa
  TLC
May 9, 1970 Dedication services are held for the carvings in Stone Mountain, although work continues on the masterpiece through 1972. President Nixon had been scheduled to attend, but Kent State forced him to give the visit to Vice-president Spiro Agnew.
  Stone Mountain
May 9, 1970 Six African-Americans are killed during riots in Augusta sparked by the apparent torture-murder of Charles Oatman, a learning-impaired black youth, while in custody in the Richmond County (GA) jail.
May 16, 1970 "Man o' War," Central of Georgia rail service between Columbus and Atlanta ends.
  Columbus, Georgia
May 17, 1970 Hank Aaron singles in Cincinnati for his 3,000th hit
  Hank Aaron
June 22, 1970 In a ballroom of the American Hotel in Atlanta, the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and the National Congress of Colored Parents and Teachers, both of which had Georgia roots, were combined into a single organization
July 18, 1970 The Great Wallenda walks across Tallulah Gorge, Tallulah Falls, Georgia.
September 9, 1970 Jimmy Carter forces a run-off in the Democratic primary for governor, garnering more than 48% of the vote
  Jimmy Carter
September 23, 1970 Carter wins run-off
  Jimmy Carter
October 4, 1970 John Rousakis begins a 21-year stint as mayor of Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
October 16, 1970 Camp Sumter, a Union POW camp, becomes Andersonville National Historic Site.
  Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Georgia
October 17, 1970 A C-5 Galaxy explodes at the Lockheed Plant in Marietta. Workmen were cleaning the inside of the fuel tanks at the time
October 26, 1970 With people like Bill Cosby and Coretta Scott King watching, Muhammad Ali defeats Jerry Quarry by a knockout in the 3rd round in front of a packed house of 5,000 at the old Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta
November 3, 1970 Carter defeats Republican Hal Suit in race for governor. Lester Maddox, who was the pro-segregation governor preceding Carter, becomes Lieutenant Governor
  Jimmy Carter
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