Significant happenings post- WWII in Atlanta, Georgia as related to the growth and progress of Georgia's capitol city.
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"The Omni featured an 'ortho-quad truss' system of truncated rood pyramids and four cantilevered trusses. The building was sheathed in Cor-Ten weathering steel and glass, and it served as the venue for sports teams, including the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and the Atlanta Flames, the city's first hockey team; a concert on singer Elvis Presley's final tour; and other popular culture events. It was also the site of the 1988 Democratic National Convention." New Georgia Encyclopedia
Professional basketball arrives in Atlanta continuing the growth of the state's capital. Tourism to the city would contribute to the local economy and increase tax revenues as more businesses catered to the growing sports enthusiasts.
North American Soccer League (NASL) the first professional sports championship by the Atlanta's Chiefs. The team played in the same stadium as the Falcons and the Braves.
World renowned athlete Pele, and his Brazilian professional soccer team played the Atlanta Chiefs.
Controversies and chaos were common occurrences during the turbulent time of the 1960s. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California just after declaring victory in the states Democratic primary for the Presidency.
Although he believed in change through non-violence, Martin Luther King, Jr. died as the result of violence. He was assassinated, in Memphis Tennessee, during the Civil Rights Movement. Forever remembered by the world as one of the significant leaders in pursuit of racial equality and justice.
The Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966 fulfilling Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.'s promise of bringing major league sports to the growing city.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority - MARTA began its tumultuous history after creation by the Georgia General Assembly in 1965. After much debate and resistance from community leaders, business leaders, and local residents, construction on the rapid transit railway system did not begin until the mid -1970s.
Begun in 1965 and ready in less than one year the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium became home of the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Atlanta Chiefs professional sports teams.
During his 1961 mayoral campaign Ivan Allen, Jr. promised Atlantans professional sports and the Falcons arrived in 1965 in a triumphant delivery of that promise. Thus Atlanta businesses were bolstered due to increased opportunities in the rapidly growing metropolis.
Ivan Allen, Jr. announced his "Forward Atlanta Campaign" in 1961. His vision would create today's international city of Atlanta.
From the New Georgia Encyclopedia:
"He served as mayor for six terms (1937-41, 1942-61), longer than any other person in the city's history. Hartsfield held office during a critical period when the color line separating the races began to change and the city grew from more than 100,000 inhabitants to a metropolitan population of one million. He is credited with developing Atlanta into the aviation powerhouse that it is today and with building its image as 'the City Too Busy to Hate.'" (www.newgeorgiaencyclopedia.com)
The Assembly of Georgia adopted a new flag as the nation moved away from legalized segregation. Decades of resistance were tough to erase as controversy over the state flag lasted well into the twenty-first century.
Atlanta became the southeastern hub of the United States interstate highway system. Creating major opportunities for expansion of commercial business in and around the Atlanta metropolitan area. Commerce moved through trains, airplanes and automobiles.
Supreme Court ruled against legal segregation in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education. The Civil Rights Movement gains momentum after this ruling.
"On September 29, 1948, from a new building near Atlanta's Peachtree Street, the first live commercial television program was broadcast in Georgia. Broadcasting on channel eight from the state's tallest structure at the time," from the New Georgia Encyclopedia
Chronological timeline of Cold War events set to Billy
Joel's "We didn't start the fire."
Georgia garnered national attention over the controversy sparked by the sudden death of Eugene Talmadge the morning after winning the office of governor.
As part of his reform plans for Georgia, Governor Ellis Arnall commissioned lawmakers to draft a new constitution for the state. Georgia's original constitution of 1877 had been amended over 300 times resulting in a cumbersome and confusing document. The people of Georgia ratified the new constitution in August 1945.
Ellis Arnall becomes Governor of Georgia promising change and progress.