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Atlanta, Georgia, USA - 1868 advertisement  Herring & Leyden Clothing House  The Atlanta Constitution Atlanta, Georgia July 5, 1868

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Coca-Cola was invented in May 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. The name "Coca-Cola" was suggested by Dr. Pemberton's bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. He penned the name Coca-Cola in the flowing script that is famous today. Coca-Cola was first sold at a soda fountain in Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta by Willis Venable.

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Napsonian School (formerly North Ave. Presbyterian) from Ponce de Leon Ave. The picture shows from left to right the Library with High School at rear, the Administration and Elementary School Building, and the Dormitory. This Christian Preparatory School offers training for girls and boys through the sixth grade and for girls only in Junior and Senior High School
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1843 - Atlanta, Georgia founded
Originally known as Marthasville, Georgia.
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1854 - Atlanta
Atlanta, a flourishing city of De Kalb county, Georgia, is situated about 7 miles S. E. from the Chattahoochee river, and on the line of railroads leading from Savannah to Chattanooga and Nashville, Tennessee, 101 miles N. W. from Macon, 171 W. from Augusta, and 291 miles from Nashville. The situation is elevated and remarkably healthy. Four of the principal railroads of the state terminate at this town, and render it a place of great activity in business, and a depot for the cotton and grain of several adjoining counties. The Georgia railroad extends from Atlanta to Augusta; the Macon and Western railroad to the city of Macon ; the Atlantic and Western railroad, which was opened in 1860, leads to Chattanooga, Tennessee ; and the La Grange railroad, which was finished in 1852, connects Atlanta with West Point, 72 miles distant. Atlanta was laid out in 1845, since which it has increased with great rapidity, and become one of the most populous and important towns in the northern part of ... Read MORE...

1864 - September 2 - Union General William T Sherman captures and burns Atlanta

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1868 - Atlanta became capital

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January 6, 1884 - The temperature dipped to one degree below zero at Atlanta, GA. It marked the final day of a severe arctic outbreak in the South and Midwest

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1885 - Atlanta, GA Blasting Powder Explosion, Nov 1885. Blown to Atoms.
Atlanta, Ga., November 5. – Two colored men, Wm. KENNEBREAD and Phil JOHNSON, well-diggers, were blown to atoms yesterday by an explosion of blasting powder. Thirty feet down they struck granite, and commenced drilling for the purpose of blowing up the rock. After one explosion they descended and drilled several more holes inserting explosives. Instantly an explosion followed when the two bodies were shot up 500 feet in the air. One fell on the ground 100 feet from the well, horribly mutilated. The other shot straight up in the air and fell back into the well.
Galveston Daily News
Galveston, Texas
November 6, 1885
1885 - A FATAL WRECK. FEARFUL ACCIDENT ON THE GEORGIA RAILROAD. FIFTEEN PERSONS KILLED OR FATALLY INJURED. A TERRIBLE RAILROAD ACCIDENT.
Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 15. - One of the most terrible railroad accidents ever known in Georgia, occurred last night at midnight, fifteen miles from this city on the Georgia Pacific road. The East Tennessee, and Georgia Pacific run the same track to Austel. Last night the Georgia Pacific mixed train with coach and one sleeper stopped at the tank to be watered. The coach and sleeper were on the trestle thirty feet high. The East Tennessee passenger going at the speed of thirty miles an hour, struck the sleeper and engine and went nearly half way through it.

The wreck was terrible. The firemen sprang over board and received slight injuries. The engineer held to his throttle and was unhurt.
The following persons on the Georgia Pacific train were killed:
BERNARD PEYTON, of Charlottesville, Va.
NATHAN HANLEY, of Anniston, Ala.
JACOB BANKS.
MARY BANKS.
B. BRIGHT, wife and two children, of Jonesboro, Ga.
A. PIERCE, of Aberdeen, Texas.
T. H. HOYT, of East Point, Ga.
Two unknown... Read MORE...

1886 - March 29 - Atlanta, GA, was drenched with a record 7.36 inches of rain in 24 hours.

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1886 - May 8 - Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells 1st Coca-Coke (contained cocaine)

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May 8, 1886
1889 - January 15 - The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia.

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1894 - March 12 – For the first time, Coca-Cola is sold in bottles.

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March 12, 1894
1895 - Atlanta
Atlanta, at-lan'ta, a flourishing city, capital of Georgia, and seat of justice of Fulton co., is situated on an elevated ridge dividing the waters of the Chattahoochee River from the rivers that flow into the Atlantic, at an altitude of 1100 feet above the level of the sea. It has a remarkably healthy and equable climate, the mean annual temperature being about 60° Fahrenheit, with a cool and salubrious atmosphere. Its latitude is 33°44'58"N, longitude 84° 30' W. from Greenwich. It is 7 miles S.E. of the Chattahoochee River, Seven railroads converge at Atlanta, mostly trunk lines, and leading from such important cities as Augusta, 171 miles distant; Knoxville, Tenn., 204 miles; Savannah, 294 miles; Chattanooga, 152 miles; Charlotte, N.C., 268 miles; Columbus, 290 miles; Athens, 67 miles; Marietta, 20 miles, &c. Atlanta has an extensive and rapidly increasing trade. The amount of goods sold by jobbers annually is valued at about $50,000,000; bales of cotton received and marketed about ... Read MORE...

1898 - July 23 - A two hour thunderstorm deluged Atlanta, GA, with 4.32 inches of rain.
More than a foot of water flooded Union Depot. Many street car motors burned out while trying to run through flooded streets. It grew so dark before the afternoon storm that gas lights were needed.
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1906 - September 22 - Race riot in Atlanta Georgia, kills 21

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1907 - FIRE THREATENED AN ATLANTA BLOCK. Considerable Damage by Flames in Business Section.
Atlanta, Ga., April 2. – Fire started in Durand’s restaurant at 11 East Alabama street early this morning, gutted the upstairs portion of the restaurant, and did damage through water or smoke, to the hardware store of Heinz & Sons, at 13 East Alabama street, the wholesale department of Oppenheim’s saloon, and Essig Brothers at 26 Whitehall street.

The blaze burned for fully an hour, and the firemen had hard work to get at it. For a time the whole block, in one of the most congested parts of the business section, seemed in danger.

Manager James Gaines, of Dutrand’s restaurant, said that their damage would be about $10,000, though this was an approximate estimate. He didn't know exactly how much insurance was carried. He said the fire started as near as could be told, in the elevator shaft. Employes (sic) had been in the storeroom, he said, a few minutes before the blaze started and had noticed nothing wrong. The fire couldn't have come from the ranges, he said, because they were... Read MORE...

1907 - FREQUENT FIRES IN AN ATLANTA HOTEL
Atlanta, Ga., May 3. - (Special) - A mysterious fire in the Arlington hotel at Marietta and Cone streets at 1 o'clock this morning as a result of which a white man, Walter Campbell, was overcome by smoke and taken to the Grady Hospital has resulted in an investigation by the detective force. After the flames had been extinguished and the fire department had been gone for an hour and a half, the fire broke out in a new place in the hotel and the department was called again. Two weeks ago there were two similar fires in the same hotel, and these facts have aroused considerable suspicion. The origin of none of them has been definitely ascertained.

Campbell recovered sufficiently this morning to return to his room, though when he first went to the hospital, it was thought he could not survive.
The Columbus Enquirer-Sun
Columbus, Georgia
May 4, 1907
1916
Atlanta, at-lan'ta, a city, capital of Georgia, and seat of justice of Fulton co., is situated on an elevated ridge dividing the waters of the Chattahoochee River from the rivers that now into the Atlantic, at an altitude of 1050 feet above the level of the sea. It has a remarkably healthy and equable climate, the mean annual temperature being about 60° Fahrenheit, with a cool and salubrious atmosphere. Lat. 33° 44' N. ; Ion. 84° 20' W. It is 7 miles SE. of the Chattahoochee River. Several railroads (Atlanta and West Point, the Seaboard Air Line, the Southern, etc.) converge at Atlanta, mostly trunk lines, and leading from such important cities as Augusta, 171 miles distant; Knoxville, Tenn. ; Savannah, etc. Atlanta has an extensive and rapidly increasing trade, particularly in cotton, dry goods, and horses and mules ; the tobacco trade is the largest south of Richmond.

There are several hundred industrial establishments, prominent among which are manufactories of furniture,... Read MORE...

1917 - May 21 - The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 takes place.
Fire In Atlanta Razes 100 Blocks; Loss $2,000,000
Wide Residence Area in Northeast Swept by Flames Starting in Storage Building.
Soldiers Called To Aid
Dynamite Used Vainly to Prevent Blaze Reaching Mansions on Ponce de Leon Av.
Firemen Finally Check It
Thousands Left Homeless, but City Cares for Them-One Woman Dies from Shock.

Atlanta, Ga., May 21. - Fire that started late this afternoon in an obscure negro section at Decatur and Fort Streets swept a broad path through the residential section of Atlanta, devastating scores of blocks and destroying many of the city’s finest homes and hundreds of negro houses. Although the flames were not under complete control tonight, they have been checked half way through the exclusive Ponce de Leon Avenue residence section and fire officials believed there was little danger of a further spread to any extent.

First estimates of the damage place it at $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. So far as can be learned, the only life lost is that of a... Read MORE...

1932 - May 4 - Al Capone, convict of income tax evasion, enters Atlanta Penitentiary

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1936 - THREE ARE DEAD, DOZEN INJURED IN ATLANTA FIRE.
Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 20. - At least three persons were killed, a dozen injured, and $200,000 property damage was caused yesterday by a fire that raged through the five story Cable Piano Company building in the heart of Atlanta's downtown business section.

Flames swept quickly up through an elevator shaft to all floors of the structure following an explosion of undetermined origin in the basement. Firemen finally brought them under control after a terrific struggle.

Firemen wearing gas masks to combat dense smoke brought the bodies of a man and two women from the fifth floor, which was occupied by the Atlanta Conservatory of Music.

The man was said to be TERRY EVANS, 23. The women were not immediately identified. Firemen searching through the dense smoke for trapped survivors reported the body of EVANS on the top floor but were unable to bring it out until they were equipped with gas masks.

It was feared other victims might have been trapped in the building, the flames having ... Read MORE...

1938 - May 16 - 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)

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1939 - December 15 - "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta

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1946 - December 7 - Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119

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1949 - 'Gone With the Wind' Author Hit by Taxi
ATLANTA, Aug. 11. (AP) - A speeding taxicab struck and severely injured Margaret Mitchell Thursday night in front of a theater.

The author of the celebrated novel of Civil War days, "Gone With the Wind," was rushed to the city hospital suffering from concussion of the brain, leg and possibly internal injuries.

She was placed under an oxygen tent and immediate preparations were made for an operation. Physicians described her condition as critical.
Abilene Reporter News
Abilene, Texas
August 12, 1949
1960 - October 19 - Martin Luther King Jr. is arrested at an Atlanta sit-in.

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1968 - April 9 - Martin Luther King Jr, buried in Atlanta

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1971 - FOUR FIREMEN ARE KILLED IN BLAST.
Atlanta, Ga. (AP) - Four firemen were killed when an explosion ripped through a burning downtown restaurant, trapping them in a basement inferno as the floor was blown from under them.

"There were guys in there screaming for help," said a fireman, his face flecked with blood, who was standing at the front of the building when the blast occurred. "We scrambled down in there and got some of them. Some we just couldn't get to."

The four they couldn't rescue were:
CAPT. L. B. GRADY, 30.
V. J. CRIDER, 30, fireman.
H. HOWARD BECK, 39, fireman.
C. D. FERNANDEZ, 25, fireman.

Their bodies were removed early Sunday by their comrades from the wreckage of the gutted three-story structure.

It was the worst loss of life the department has suffered since six Atlanta firemen were killed in 1925.

A department spokesman said a special memorial service will be held for them this week.
The Daily Times-News
Burlington, North Carolina
May 31, 1971
1978 - LOEW'S TOP THREE FLOORS MOSTLY DESTROYED IN FIRE.
Atlanta (AP) - Flames billowed Monday where Hollywood's spotlight's once played on the ornate facade of LOEW'S Grand Theater, the site of the glamorous 1939 premiere of "Gone With The Wind." Awed Atlantians lined sidewalks for the landmark theater's spectacular last show.

The fire destroyed most of the top three floors of the 86 year old theater building and soared across an alley to several floors of a modern office building.

A doctor, his hair singed by the blaze, escaped along with his office manager down a fire ladder from the top floor of the LOWE'S building. They apparently were the only ones there.

The 12-story Continental Insurance Building next door was evacuated before the fire spread there, badly damaging several floors.

Eight firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation as firemen fought four hours to contain the fire and continued late into the night fighting small blazes. The plush 2,300 seat theater, closed last summer for lack of business, occupied the... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Atlanta:
The Georgia Aquarium: Dive into the world's largest aquarium, located in downtown Atlanta. It's a stunning experience for all ages, featuring diverse marine life including dolphins, penguins, and beluga whales.

The Atlanta BeltLine: This former railway corridor has been transformed into a network of walking and biking paths. It's a great way to explore different neighborhoods, public art installations, and parks.

Piedmont Park: Atlanta's version of Central Park, Piedmont Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the city. It's perfect for picnics, sports, or just relaxing under the shade of a tree.

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site: Visit the birthplace of the civil rights leader and see the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where he preached. The site also includes the King Center and the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.

The High Museum of Art: If you're into art, this is the place to be. The High Museum features an impressive collection of... Read MORE...

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