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January 1, 1981 Georgia defeats Notre Dame, 17-10 at the Sugar Bowl, winning the National Title. Outgoing U. S. President Jimmy Carter watches
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
January 3, 1981 Lubie Geter, 14, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
January 4, 1981 Atlanta Falcons lose to the Dallas Cowboys at the NFC division playoffs, 30-27
  Atlanta Falcons
January 18, 1981 Pvt. Joseph Christopher is arrested at Fort Benning, Georgia and charged in the assault on a black enlisted man. His arrest resulted in Buffalo NY police solving a string of racist murders by Christopher, who was from the Buffalo area.
January 22, 1981 Terry Pue, 15, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
February 6, 1981 Patrick Baltazar, 12, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
February 12, 1981 The Atlanta Area Consortium recommends a 35 acre park east of downtown Atlanta as the site of the Carter Presidential Library, with a parkway for access. Opposition to the plan by the neighborhood around the park is immediate.
  Jimmy Carter
February 19, 1981 Curtis Walker, 13, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 2, 1981 Jo-Jo Bell, 16, strangled.
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 11, 1981 Timothy Hill is missing. His body will be found on March 30, strangled
  Atlanta Child Murders
March 13, 1981 President Reagan announces additional federal aid for the murdered and missing youth in Atlanta
  Atlanta Child Murders
April 21, 1981 CORE Director Ray Innis claims to have a photo of the Atlanta child killer
  Atlanta Child Murders
April 23, 1981 Atlanta Public Safety Commissioner Lee Brown clears the man identified by CORE Director Ray Innis as a suspect in the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 2, 1981 21-year old Danny Hansford is shot and killed by Jim Williams, who claimed he was acting in self defense
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
May 8, 1981 Pvt. Joseph Christopher, Fort Benning, Georgia is extradited to New York to stand trial for several racially motivated killings.
May 22, 1981 Hearing a splash on the James Jackson Parkway (Cobb Drive) bridge, police stop a car driven by Wayne Williams and question the susect.
  Atlanta Child Murders
May 24, 1981 The body of Nathaniel Cater, 27, is discovered on the banks of the Chattahoochee, downstream from the James Jackson bridge
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 1, 1981 Carl Vinson dies, Milledgeville
  Carl Vinson, Father of the Two Ocean Navy
June 5, 1981 First mention of GRID (Gay Related Immune Deficiency) by the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta. The disease has since become known as AIDS
June 12, 1981 Chatham County indicts Jim Williams for murder
  Chatham County, Georgia
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
June 21, 1981 Wayne William is arrested, charged with the murders of Nathaniel Cater and Jimmy Payne, the last of the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
June 27, 1981 The IRS sells Billy Carter's gas station in Plains, Georgia to pay off back tazes
June 28, 1981 Morris Edwin Roberts, Jr. gained access to FBI offices in Atlanta, holding 9 employees hostage for three hours. He was shot and killed by the FBI Swat Team and the Atlanta Police. No motive was established.
June 30, 1981 President Ronald Reagan visits Atlanta, Georgia
August 31, 1981 Georgia Bulldog running back Herschel Walker appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated
September 15, 1981 Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin arrives in Plains to meet with "private citizen" Jimmy Carter
September 22, 1981 The Home Depot launches its initial public offering (IPO) on the NASDAQ Exchange. Its price will jump to 20 its offering price within two years.
October 27, 1981 Andrew Young elected mayor of Atlanta
  Andrew Young
October 28, 1981 Edward M. McIntyre elected first black mayor of Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
November 4, 1981 Premier of The Fall Guy
  JoAnn Pflug
December 4, 1981 MARTA's North-South line opened
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
December 28, 1981 Trial begins for Wayne Williams, accused murderer who is charged with committing the Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
  Atlanta Child Murders
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