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May 4, 1965
“Pop music is sex and you have to hit them in the face with it.” So said the Rolling Stones’ manager as they rolled onto the music scene in 1962....
August 18, 1965
On August 18, 1965, the Beatles made their only Georgia appearance at a concert in Atlanta Stadium. Beatlemania was in full swing that summer and...
April 14, 1966
His teammates called him “Mad Dog” or “Professor.” We can’t say what opposing batters called him. He was unhittable, one of the best pitchers in...
June 16, 1967
If you love roller coasters, you probably should thank Six Flags. Opened in 1967, the park takes its name from the six flags that have flown over...
August 9, 1967
One of the most gifted and versatile athletes in Georgia sports history was born on this day in Fort Myers, Fla. Former Atlanta Brave and Atlanta...
July 5, 1969
Woodstock may have gotten the headlines but Atlanta was rockin' a whole month earlier. The Atlanta International Pop Festival of 1969 was a two-day...
July 4, 1970
It’s big now, but not to begin with. In 1970, 110 runners lined up for the Atlanta Track Club’s first Peachtree Road Race. The starting line was at...
May 31, 1971
Jimmy Carter first ran for governor in 1966 as a moderate, losing to Lester Maddox. He wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. In 1970, Carter ran as...
October 26, 1971
He would box, but he would not fight. At the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, Muhammad Ali was drafted. Declaring himself a conscientious objector...
October 29, 1971
He was the leader of the band that helped spark the Southern rock movement of the 1970s. Duane Allman was born in 1946 in Nashville and his family...
July 25, 1972
Baseball fans, about this for an outfield trio? Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Willie Stargell. That’s who started for the National League in the...
October 23, 1972
Its unmatched beauty has been around for millennia, but the largest of Georgia’s Barrier Islands only became a national seashore on this day in 1972...
July 14, 1976
Jimmy who? Jimmy Carter, the original “Washington outsider” to run for the presidency, was still governor of Georgia when he announced his candidacy...
April 5, 1977
Wyche Fowler, Jr. was once known as the “night mayor of City Hall” working as a troubleshooter for Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. As a 29-year-old...
April 19, 1979
Azaleas have been grown for hundreds of years in Asia, Europe, and North America. Descended from Asian shrubs, they are a form of rhododendron, with...