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January 1, 1976 Georgia loses to Arkansas 31-10 in the Cotton Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 1, 1976 Ted Turner purchases the Atlanta Braves
  Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves
  Ted Turner
January 13, 1976 Henry Flipper's dishonorable discharge on 30 June 1882 is posthumously changed to an honorable discharge
  Henry O. Flipper From Slave to Officer
January 19, 1976 Jimmy Carter wins the Iowa caucuses
  Jimmy Carter
February 5, 1976 A recruit falls ill at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and dies the following day. Under orders from Gerald Ford, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta launches an inoculation project against "swine flu," the disease responsible for 20 million deaths in 1918-1919.
February 24, 1976 Carter wins New Hampshire Democratic primary
  Jimmy Carter
February 29, 1976 Bill Elliott runs his first Winston Cup race at the North Carolina Speedway
  Bill Elliott
March 9, 1976 Carter wins Florida Democratic primary
  Jimmy Carter
March 16, 1976 Carter wins Illinois Democratic primary
  Jimmy Carter
April 3, 1976 "Ethnic purity" gaff
  Jimmy Carter
April 6, 1976 Carter wins Wisconsin Democratic primary
  Jimmy Carter
April 8, 1976 Carter apologizes for "ethnic purity" remark
  Jimmy Carter
April 23, 1976 Police Chief Laurie Pritchett is interviewed by James Reston on the Albany Movement
May 11, 1976 Coke Adds Life (to everything nice) campaign begins
  Coca-Cola
May 13, 1976 Piedmont Park is added to the National Register of Historic Places
May 13, 1976 W. W. Law retires as president of the Savannah NAACP after 26 years
  City of Savannah, Georgia
June 25, 1976 Songwriter Johnny Mercer dies in Los Angeles from complications after surgery to remove a brain tumor
  Johnny Mercer
July 1, 1976 The Agrirama opens in Tifton
July 2, 1976 In Gregg vs. Georgia the U. S. Supreme Court upholds the death penalty for murder, clarifying an earlier opinion that found the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment because of its arbitrary application
July 7, 1976 Lynyrd Skynyrd begins a three-night performance at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. The recording is released as One More from the Road, a live double album, and released in September.
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
July 20, 1976 Hank Aaron hits #755
  Hank Aaron
July 20, 1976 Two members of the American Legion become ill with an unknown disease during a convention in Philadelphia. The CDC in Atlanta will eventually call this illness Legionnaires Disease
July 20, 1976 Hank Aaron hit home run 755.
  Hank Aaron
September 8, 1976 The Bobbin Show, a trade show of the American Apparel Manufacturers, becomes the first show in the new Georgia World Congress Center
September 10, 1976 Jimmy Carter makes a campaign stop at his brother Billy's gas station in Plains
September 14, 1976 The Georgia World Congress Center opens
  Georgia World Congress Center
September 23, 1976 Actor Kip Pardue born, Atlanta, Georgia
  Kevin Ian 'Kip' Pardue
September 23, 1976 During the first presidential debate of 1976, and the first since 1960, the audio feed from Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theater dropped for 27 minutes during an answer by Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter. Post-debate polling showed Carter losing the debate to President Gerald Ford, 39% to 31%
  Jimmy Carter
October 3, 1976 Hank Aaron takes his final major league at bat.
  Hank Aaron
October 6, 1976 Second Ford-Carter debate. Carter wins post-debate polling, 40%-30%
  Jimmy Carter
October 28, 1976 James Dickey's first wife, Maxine dies
  James Dickey
November 2, 1976 Georgia approves a revision to the state constitution by a vote of 610,516 to 394,764. One change is that a governor may succeed himself.
November 2, 1976 Jimmy Carter becomes the first native born Georgian elected President of the United States
  Jimmy Carter
November 7, 1976 Part 1 of Gone With The Wind airs on the NBC Television Network and draws a record 47.4 share and 33,960,000 viewers, making it the largest audience to ever watch a television broadcast at the time. Roots Pt. VIII will surpass it the following January.
  Gone With The Wind
November 8, 1976 Part 2 of Gone With The Wind airs on the NBC Television Network and draws a 47.4 share and 33,750,000 viewers, making it the second largest audience to ever watch a television broadcast at the time.
  Gone With The Wind
December 16, 1976 President-elect Jimmy Carter nominates Andrew Young as U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations
  Andrew Young
  Jimmy Carter
December 17, 1976 WTCG, Channel 17 (Atlanta), owned and operated by Ted Turner, begins to uplink its signal to a satellite transponder and give it to cable operators across the country for free. It is the first "Superstation"
  Ted Turner
December 17, 1976 The first of the so-called "Superstations" begins broadcasting from Atlanta as WTBS (owned by Ted Turner)
  Ted Turner
December 30, 1976 James Dickey marries Deborah Dodson
  James Dickey
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