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December 0, 1987 Delta adopts the slogan "We love to fly, and it shows"
  Delta Air Lines
January 16, 1987 35-year-old Lita Sullivan opens the front door to her Atlanta townhome to Philip Anthony Harwood, who was carrying a box of pink roses. Harwood opens fire, killing Sullivan. The final decree in her divorce settlement (distribution of assets) from James Sullivan was scheduled for later in the day.
  James Sullivan and the murder of Lita Sullivan
January 17, 1987 A small group of Atlantans march to protest lack of blacks in Cumming, Georgia (Forsyth County). Led by Rev. Hosea William the march is disrupted by militant white racists, many from outside the county.
  Forsyth County, Georgia
  The Road to Integration
January 21, 1987 Carter Presidential Library is open to researchers
  Jimmy Carter
January 24, 1987 A crowd of 20,000 racially mixed people from the metropolitan Atlanta area join Rev. Hosea Williams and others in a unity march in Cumming, Georgia (Forsyth County). A march the previous week had been turned back by racists.
  Forsyth County, Georgia
  The Road to Integration
February 9, 1987 Bill Elliott sets a track record at Daytona, qualifying at 210.364 miles per hour
  Bill Elliott
February 9, 1987 Oprah Winfrey broadcasts her show from Cumming, Georgia, in response to the violent behavior unleashed towards civil rights marchers the month before.
February 24, 1987 Whitney Houston receives a Grammy for The Greatest Love Of All
  Whitney Houston
April 1, 1987 First Union buys Roswell Bank
  Wachovia and First Union Banks
April 1, 1987 Western Air is merged with Delta Airlines
  Delta Air Lines
April 22, 1987 Change of venue request in trial of Jim Williams
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
April 30, 1987 Bill Elliott sets the record for fastest lap in a stock car, 212.809 at Talladega Motor Speedway
  Bill Elliott
May 26, 1987 Testimony begins in third trial of Jim Williams
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
June 1, 1987 Unit 1 of the Vogtle Nuclear Power Plant becomes operational in Waynesboro, Georgia
  Burke County, Georgia
June 9, 1987 Mistrial declared in trial of Jim Williams
  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
June 28, 1987 MARTA's fare increases to $.75
  Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
June 29, 1987 Whitney Houston releases the self-titled Whitney with the hit single I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) and Where do Broken Hearts Go
  Whitney Houston
October 3, 1987 Lithonia celebrates "Brenda Lee Day," for the pop/country singer who spent her childhood there. Lee serves as Grand Marshall in the parade and is honored with a street, Brenda Lee Lane.
  Brenda Lee
November 13, 1987 Marialitos in the Atlanta Penitentiary riot and seize control of the prison following a repatriation agreement between the U. S. and Cuba.
  Atlanta Penitentiary
  Atlanta, Georgia (1900-2000)
November 24, 1987 11 days of rioting at Atlanta Penitentiary end. Cuban Marialitos begin negotiations to surrender
  Atlanta Penitentiary
December 23, 1987 Creation of the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Plains, Georgia
  Jimmy Carter
December 29, 1987 Georgia defeats Arkansas 20-17 in the Liberty Bowl
  Vince Dooley
  University of Georgia's post-season appearances
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