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January 1, 1977 Georgia loses to Pitt at the Sugar Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 16, 1977 First in a series of three "Lover's Lane" shootings in Adams Park (Atlanta) claim the lives of LaBrian Lovett and Veronica Hill.
January 16, 1977 Police are called to the scene of a "traffic accident" in southwest Atlanta. Inside a car they find the bodies of LaBrian Kovett and Veronica Hill, the first victims in the Lovers Lane Murders
  Lover's Lane Murders
January 20, 1977 Jimmy Carter asks Max Cleland to head the Veterans Administration
  Jimmy Carter
  Max Cleland
January 20, 1977 Jimmy Carter becomes the first native-born Georgian to be inaugurated President of the United States
  Jimmy Carter
January 21, 1977 President Jimmy Carter pardons all Vietnam-era draft dodgers
  Jimmy Carter
January 23, 1977 Roots, featuring Levar Burton and an all-star cast premiers on ABC. It had been filmed in Savannah and St. Simons Island
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  Movies filmed in Georgia
January 28, 1977 Turner Communications purchases controlling interest in the Atlanta Hawks
  Ted Turner
February 12, 1977 The Lover's Lane Murderer strikes again, at West Manor Park in Atlanta. The couple is seriously injured, but live to tell of an attack by a large black male
  Lover's Lane Murders
March 12, 1977 Lover's Lane murderer attacks a couple in Adams Park. He disappears without a trace and leaves one dead, one injured.
  Lover's Lane Murders
March 17, 1977 President Jimmy Carter addresses the General Assembly of the United Nation placing the "promotion and protection of human rights" as part of the U. S. foreign policy.
March 28, 1977 Supreme Court hears the case of Coker v. Georgia.
April 4, 1977 Southern Airways Flight 242, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9 crashed during a hailstorm while attempting an emergency landing on a two-lane highway near New Hope, Georgia (west of Atlanta)
  Paulding County, Georgia
April 5, 1977 In a special election to fill Andrew Young's seat in the U. S. House of Representatives, Wyche Fowler defeats Paul Coverdale.
  Fulton County, Georgia
April 18, 1977 President Jimmy Carter addresses the nation about the impending energy crisis, calling it a catastrophe.
June 29, 1977 Ruling in Coker v. Georgia, the Supreme Court holds that capital punishment in the case of rape is "grossly disproportionate and excessive punishment."
July 1, 1977 Georgia's "Cave Law" (Cave Protection Acts, 1977) goes into effect, protecting caves throughout the state from pollution, looting and vandalism
July 11, 1977 President Carter presents the Martin Luther King's Medal of Freedom to Coretta Scott King, his wife
  Martin Luther King
  Jimmy Carter
July 16, 1977 Bert Lance testifies before a Senate sub-committee, answering questions about activities of that bank while he was Chairman of the Board. Questions also arose about the involvement of Calhoun National Bank (Calhoun, Georgia). These questions revolved around "sweetheart" loans made to Lance.
  Bert Lance
August 20, 1977 Jack Stephens introduces Indonesian businessman Mochtar Riady, who makes an offer for Lance's 200,767 shares of the National Bank of Georgia. The deal is refused at the time, but is consummated in 1982.
  Bert Lance
September 6, 1977 Larry Gene Campbell is arrested in Atlanta, Georgia after a neighbor spots his picture on a wanted posted at the local post office. He had been one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted
September 15, 1977 Mary Willis "Ferne" Jackson, Director of Public Education for the Columbus, Georgia Health Department is strangled in her bedroom by an intruder.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
  Columbus, Georgia
September 15, 1977 Carter County staring Victor French and Kene Holliday begins a two-year run. The show aimed to cash in on Jimmy Carter's presidency by being set in Georgia
  Movies filmed in Georgia
September 21, 1977 Office of Management and Budget Director Bert Lance resigns his position because of allegations of unethical behavior within the National Bank of Georgia
  Bert Lance
  Jimmy Carter
September 25, 1977 71-year-old Jean Dimenstien is found strangled and assaulted in a sexual manner in her Wynnton (an area of Columbus, Georgia) home. Similar to a murder that had occured 10 days earlier, the elderly women of Columbus had become a target for a serial killer.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
  Columbus, Georgia
October 2, 1977 Police arrest Jerome Livas in connection with an assualt and murder of a woman. He is connected to the two Wynnton murders.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
October 14, 1977 Police announce the arrest of the Wynnton Stocking Strangler, Jerome Lucus
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
October 21, 1977 Florence Scheible, almost 90 years old is found murdered and assualted
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
October 27, 1977 "Flipper's Ditch," at Fort Sill, OK becomes a National Historic Landmark
  Henry O. Flipper From Slave to Officer
October 28, 1977 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff is found murdered and assualted in her home.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
November 6, 1977 Toccoa Falls Bible College loses 39 students when a dam bursts above Toccoa Falls.
  Stephens County, Georgia
November 22, 1977 The Atlanta Braves sign a contract with Bobby Cox to manage the team
December 14, 1977 Farmers, including many from Georgia, involved in the American Agriculture Movement stopped buying and selling products, as they looked for "parity." The strike quickly fizzled
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