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January 11, 1986 Living In America, the theme from Rocky IV, reaches number 3 on the pop charts, making it singer James Brown's best performance on the charts since 1965
  James Brown
January 23, 1986 Ray Charles and James Brown are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as two of the first ten performing inductees.
  Ray Charles
  James Brown
February 21, 1986 9 1/2 Weeks, starring Kim Basinger, opens in the United States
  Kim Basinger
March 11, 1986 Georgia pardons Leo Frank, not because of new evidence in the murder of Mary Phagan, but because the state failed to provide protection while Frank was in custody.
  Leo Frank and the murder of Mary Phagan
March 31, 1986 First Union acquires Citizens Dekalb Bank of Clarkston, Georgia
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
June 3, 1986 Supreme Court orders a new trial in the Alday family murders
  Alday family murders
July 20, 1986 Hottest temperature ever recorded in Savannah - 105 degrees
  City of Savannah, Georgia
August 8, 1986 In what will become one of the smartest moves that Ted Turner will ever make, he purchases the MGM library
  Ted Turner
August 26, 1986 Jury recieves its charge following the trial of Carlton Gary and returns a guilty verdict within an hour.
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
August 27, 1986 After finding Carlton Gary guilty on all counts the previous day, the jury returns a death sentence for the Stocking Strangler
  Wynnton Stocking Strangler
September 8, 1986 A month after purchasing the MGM library, Ted Turner releases a colorized version of "Yankee Doodle Dandy," starring James Cagney
  Ted Turner
September 29, 1986 Designing Women, a fictional TV show set in Atlanta about Julia Sugarbaker (Dixe Carter), Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), Suzanne Sugarbaker (Delta Burke) and Alison Sugarbaker (Julia Duffy) airs on CBS.
  Movies filmed in Georgia
October 1, 1986 The Carter Presidential Museum and Library and the Carter Center are dedicated.
  Jimmy Carter
October 1, 1986 First Union acquires Georgia State Bankshares, Inc., Atlanta
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
October 1, 1986 Carter Presidential Library is dedicated.
  Jimmy Carter
November 1, 1986 First Union completes the acquisition of First Railroad and Banking Company of Georgia, Augusta
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
November 3, 1986 Primus King dies, Columbus, Georgia
November 14, 1986 First Union buys Bank of Waynesboro (Georgia)
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
December 3, 1986 Plant Hatch, a nuclear power facility near Baxley, Georgia, accidentally released radioactive water into Georgia wetlands near the plant
  Nuclear warhead near Savannah
December 23, 1986 Georgia loses to Boston College 27-24 in the Hall of Fame Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
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