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Georgia History Timeline

1800s continued
  • (1870) Fifteenth Amendment ratified; Georgia readmitted to Union
  • (1879) Official flag created
  • (1881) Hurricane struck coast, killed 700, many homeless
  • (1888) Coca-Cola first goes on sale at Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta
  • (1891) Jim Crow laws enacted
  • (1893) Hurricane struck southern coast of Georgia, 2,000 dead, more than 30,000 homeless; public hangings abolished
1900s
  • (1903) Tornado hit Gainesville and New Holland, 106 dead; earthquake struck Tybee Island/Savannah
  • (1906) Atlanta Race Riot continued for two days; 26 killed, many wounded
  • (1912) White residents of Forsyth County drove black population out; Girl Scouts founded in Savannah
  • (1916) Fire in downtown Augusta destroyed 32 city blocks, 600 homes and six blocks of businesses burned, over 3,000 homeless
  • (1918) Spanish flu struck; thousands died
  • (1921) Boll weevils reduced cotton crop to half
  • (1924) Delta Airlines starts as crop dusting company
  • (1934) Masters Golf Tournament began at Augusta National Golf Club
  • (1936) Tornado in Cordele killed 23, destroyed 289 buildings; tornado in Gainesville killed 187 people, left 200 homeless; Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind published; Ty Cobb inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • (1942) German submarine sunk ship and oil tanker in torpedo attack off St. Simon's Island; gas rationing went into effect
  • (1944) Dr. Alfred Blalock performed first blue baby operation; 47 railroad workers died in train derailment in Stockton; artist Harry Rossoll developed idea and image of Smokey Bear
  • (1958) Dynamite explosion destroyed interior of Atlanta Jewish Temple
  • (1959) Segregated seating on Atlanta city buses ruled unconstitutional
  • (1960) Civil rights movement began, 200 students staged sit-ins in Atlanta; Martin Luther King, Jr. and others arrested in sit-in demonstration in Atlanta; Georgian Joanne Woodward first person honored with star in Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • (1961) University of Georgia became integrated; Atlanta's public schools were integrated; civil rights protests took place in Albany
  • (1962) Civil rights protests took place in Albany, churches burned in Macon and Albany
  • (1964) Civil Rights Act passed; first person prosecuted under act was future Georgia governor, Lestor Maddox; Martin Luther King, Jr. awarded Nobel Peace Prize; Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta
  • (1965) Atlanta awarded franchise by the NFL
  • (1967) Otis Redding (Georgian) killed in plane crash
  • (1968) Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated; funeral held in Atlanta; riots occurred in Albany, Fort Valley, Macon and Savannah
  • (1970) Jimmy Carter elected governor; riots occurred in Augusta, six killed, over 60 wounded
  • (1971) Civil rights protest in Columbus, 19 buildings burned, state of emergency declared
  • (1973) Escapees from Maryland prison murdered six members of Alday family in Donalsonville
  • (1974) Hank Aaron broke baseball home run record; tornadoes in northwest Georgia killed 16, injured 109; Atlanta Constitution editor, Reg Murphy kidnapped and held for ransom, paper paid ransom, Murphy released
  • (1976) Jimmy Carter elected U. S. president
  • (1980) Jimmy Carter defeated by Ronald Reagan; over 1000 prison inmates at Georgia State Prison refused to work, pled for more rights and better living conditions; strike by bus drivers forced closing of Fulton County's public schools
  • (1982) New state constitution approved; Georgia based Weather Channel began broadcasting; Hank Aaron inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame; City of Kennesaw passed law requiring households to keep firearm and ammunition
  • (1987) Over 20,000 civil rights demonstrators marched in Cumming
  • (1992) State lottery legalized; Georgia Dome opened
  • (1995) Atlanta Braves won World Series
  • (1996) Olympic Summer Games held in Georgia; bomb set off in Centennial Olympic Park, one killed, over 100 injured; first Olympic games with tickets sold over internet
  • (1997) Ted Turner made largest recorded donation in history with $1 billion to U.N.Charities; Omni Arena and Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium imploded; Tiger Woods became first African-American and youngest player ever to win the Masters Golf Tournament
2000s
  • (2001) State outlawed use of electric chair, switched to lethal injection
  • (2002) Police found over 80 decomposed bodies at crematorium
  • (2003) Woman opened fire at Atlanta church, killed her mother, minister and herself
  • (2004) G8 leaders met on Sea Island, off Georgia Coast, for annual summit
  • (2005) Defendant overpowered sheriff deputy, killed three at courthouse
  • (2006) Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King, died at age 78
  • (2009) Seven bodies found in mobile home, two children injured
  • (2010) Two nuclear plants to be constructed in Georgia - first to be built in over 30 years
  • (2011) National Football League Players Associaiton and league's owners reached agreement ending lockout
  • (2011) Georgia resident and former house speaker, Newt Gingrich, announced bid for Republican nomination for President
  • (2011) US Supreme Court denied stay of execution for death row inmate Troy Davis

Georgia Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Baxley Appling 912
Pearson Atkinson 912
Alma Bacon 912
Newton Baker 912
Milledgeville Baldwin 478
Homer Banks 706
Winder Barrow 770
Cartersville Bartow 770
Fitzgerald Ben Hill 229
Nashville Berrien 229
Macon Bibb 478
Cochran Bleckley 478
Nahunta Brantley 912
Quitman Brooks 229
Richmond Hill Bryan 912
Statesboro Bulloch 912
Waynesboro Burke 706
Jackson Butts 770
Edison Calhoun 229
Saint Marys Camden 912
Metter Candler 912
Carrollton Carroll 770
Ringgold Catoosa 706
Folkston Charlton 912
Savannah Chatham 912
Fort Benning Chattahoochee 706
Summerville Chattooga 706
Woodstock Cherokee 770
Athens Clarke 706
Fort Gaines Clay 229
Jonesboro Clayton 770
Homerville Clinch 912
Marietta Cobb 770
Douglas Coffee 912
Moultrie Colquitt 229
Augusta Columbia 706
Adel Cook 229
Newnan Coweta 770
Roberta Crawford 478
Cordele Crisp 229
Trenton Dade 706
Dawsonville Dawson 706
Bainbridge Decatur 229
Decatur DeKalb 404
Atlanta DeKalb 404
Stone Mountain DeKalb 770
Eastman Dodge 478
Vienna Dooly 229
Albany Dougherty 229
Douglasville Douglas 770
Blakely Early 229
Statenville Echols 229
Rincon Effingham 912
Elberton Elbert 706
Swainsboro Emanuel 478
Claxton Evans 912
Blue Ridge Fannin 706
Fayetteville Fayette 770
Rome Floyd 706
Cumming Forsyth 770
Royston Franklin 706
Alpharetta Fulton 770
Roswell Fulton 770
Atlanta Fulton 404
Ellijay Gilmer 706
Gibson Glascock 706
Brunswick Glynn 912
Calhoun Gordon 706
Cairo Grady 229
Greensboro Greene 706
Duluth Gwinnett 770
Lawrenceville Gwinnett 770
Clarkesville Habersham 706
Gainesville Hall 770
Sparta Hancock 706
Bremen Haralson 770
Fortson Harris 706
Hartwell Hart 706
Franklin Heard 706
McDonough Henry 770
Warner Robins Houston 478
Ocilla Irwin 229
Jefferson Jackson 706
Monticello Jasper 706
Hazlehurst Jeff Davis 912
Louisville Jefferson 478
Millen Jenkins 478
Wrightsville Johnson 478
Gray Jones 478
Barnesville Lamar 770
Lakeland Lanier 229
Dublin Laurens 478
Leesburg Lee 229
Hinesville Liberty 912
Lincolnton Lincoln 706
Ludowici Long 912
Valdosta Lowndes 229
Dahlonega Lumpkin 706
Oglethorpe Macon 478
Danielsville Madison 706
Buena Vista Marion 229
Thomson McDuffie 706
Townsend McIntosh 912
Manchester Meriwether 706
Colquitt Miller 229
Pelham Mitchell 229
Forsyth Monroe 478
Mount Vernon Montgomery 912
Madison Morgan 706
Chatsworth Murray 706
Columbus Muscogee 706
Covington Newton 770
Watkinsville Oconee 706
Lexington Oglethorpe 706
Dallas Paulding 770
Fort Valley Peach 478
Jasper Pickens 706
Blackshear Pierce 912
Williamson Pike 770
Cedartown Polk 770
Hawkinsville Pulaski 478
Eatonton Putnam 706
Georgetown Quitman 229
Clayton Rabun 706
Cuthbert Randolph 229
Augusta Richmond 706
Conyers Rockdale 770
Ellaville Schley 229
Sylvania Screven 912
Donalsonville Seminole 229
Griffin Spalding 770
Toccoa Stephens 706
Lumpkin Stewart 229
Americus Sumter 229
Box Springs Talbot 706
Crawfordville Taliaferro 706
Glennville Tattnall 912
Butler Taylor 478
McRae Helena Telfair 229
Dawson Terrell 229
Thomasville Thomas 229
Tifton Tift 229
Vidalia Toombs 912
Hiawassee Towns 706
Soperton Treutlen 912
Lagrange Troup 706
Ashburn Turner 229
Jeffersonville Twiggs 478
Blairsville Union 706
Thomaston Upson 706
Rossville Walker 706
Loganville Walton 770
Waycross Ware 912
Warrenton Warren 706
Sandersville Washington 478
Jesup Wayne 912
Preston Webster 229
Alamo Wheeler 229
Cleveland White 706
Dalton Whitfield 706
Abbeville Wilcox 229
Washington Wilkes 706
Gordon Wilkinson 478
Sylvester Worth 229
This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.