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January 1, 1979 Full diplomatic relations with the communist government of China resumes
  Jimmy Carter
March 1, 1979 MARTA's fare increases to $.25
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
March 7, 1979 Ray Charles performs his song Georgia before the General Assembly of Georgia.
  Ray Charles
April 20, 1979 President Jimmy Carter, while on vacation in Plains, Georgia, is attacked by what press secretary Jody Powell described as a "swamp rabbit." The press, completely ignorant as to swamp rabbits, portrayed Carter being attacked by a "killer" bunny rabbit.
  Jimmy Carter
  Jody Powell
April 24, 1979 Georgia on my Mind as performed by Ray Charles is made the state song
  Ray Charles
May 19, 1979 Benjamin Wynn Fortson dies
June 13, 1979 Have a Coke and a Smile ad campaign starts
  Coca-Cola
June 19, 1979 Carlton Gary is arrested in Hapeville for trespassing. He had been found climbing a wall of a motel. He posted bond and disappeared.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
June 20, 1979 Willie Foster Sellers is arrested at a Delta Frieght dock in Atlanta, Georgia. He had been one of the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted
  Delta Air Lines
June 22, 1979 The Home Depot opens its first stores, on Memorial Drive and Buford Highway in Atlanta
June 30, 1979 Inaugural service on Marta's East Line, running from Georgia State Station to Avondale
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
July 21, 1979 Edward Hope Smith is seen for the last time. Unknown at the time, he would become the first of what today is known as the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
July 28, 1979 Police find the remains of two bodies, Edward Hope Smith and a friend, 14-year old Alfred Evans
  Atlanta Child Murders
August 15, 1979 Andrew Young forced to resign his post as United States Ambassador to the United Nations after it became public knowledge that he had covertly met with a delegation from the Palestine Liberation Organization
  Andrew Young
August 21, 1979 Turner Communications Group becomes Turner Broadcasting System.
  Ted Turner
August 27, 1979 TBS purchases the call letters WTBS for its Superstation
September 4, 1979 14-year old Milton Harvey disappears while on an errand for his mother. His bike is found a week later in a remote area of Atlanta. His body won't be found until November
  Atlanta Child Murders
September 5, 1979 Hurricane David follows the coast of Georgia northward. The eye passed over the extreme northern coast near Savannah, which recorded 58 mph winds.
September 18, 1979 The Misadventure of Sheriff Lobo begins a two year run starring Georgia native Claude Akins as the somewhat corrupt title character. Originally set in fictional Orly County, during the second season the show was set in Atlanta
  Movies filmed in Georgia
October 11, 1979 The United States Senate censures Herman Talmadge for improper financial conduct. He accepted $43,435.83 for expenses he never incurred and failed to report campaign receipts and expenditures.
October 21, 1979 9-year Yusef Bell disappears. His body will be found on November 8
  Atlanta Child Murders
November 4, 1979 Islamic militants seize the American Embassy in Tehran, the capital city of Iran.
  Jimmy Carter
December 8, 1979 The (Nitty Gritty) Dirt Band and Linda Ronstadt hit the top 40 records with "An American Dream." which spends 19 weeks on the Billboard chart, eventually peaking at #13. In the first verse is the line "Augusta Georgia is just no place to be."
  City of Augusta, Georgia
December 22, 1979 MARTA's West Line service begins. It is now possible to go from Avondale in the east to Hightower Station in the west
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
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