U.S. Military outpost, Fort Gilmer, established at Standing Peachtree, an Indian village situated on the Chattahoochee River.
Creek Indians cede portions of North Georgia, including future site of Atlanta.
First permanent white settler, Hardy Ivy moves near current downtown Atlanta.
Last Cherokee Territories in Northwest Georgia surrender. Later, 16,000 Cherokees are removed to lands further west on the "Trail of Tears".
Southern end of the line for Western and Atlantic Railroad located at settlement nick named Terminus in current downtown Atlanta.
Town named Marthasville for Georgia Gov. Wilson Lumpkin's daughter.
Marthasville renamed Atlanta.
Atlanta incorporated as a city.
Telegraph service initiated.
1850 Oakland Cemetery established. Population 2,500.
Atlanta designated seat of newly organized Fulton County. Atlanta Medical College chartered.
Atlanta obtains gas lighting.
Atlanta dubbed "Gate City of the South" due to its importance as a rail center.
Georgia secedes form United States.
May - Federal Gen. William Sherman launches Atlanta Campaign. July 22- Battle of Atlanta. September 2 - Atlanta surrenders.
Atlanta University chartered. Summer Hill School, now Clark College, opens.
Atlanta named capital of Georgia. Atlanta Constitution founded.
City's first trolley begins service.
Telephone service introduced.
Atlanta Baptist Seminary, now Morehouse College, moves to Atlanta from Augusta, Georgia.
Morris Brown College and Spelman Seminary founded.
Atlanta Journal founded.
Georgia Institute of Technology founded.
Jacob's pharmacy begins selling Coca-Cola.
Inman Park, city's first planned suburb, established. Decatur Female Seminary, now Agnes Scott College, founded.
Equitable Building, first Atlanta skyscraper, erected. The Coca-Cola Company founded by Asa Candler.
Cotton States and International Exposition held in current Piedmont Park.
Georgia Normal School, now Georgia State University, founded.
Emory University moved to Atlanta.
Oglethorpe University moves to present location on Peachtree Road.
Booker T. Washington High School, city's first black public high school, opens.
High Museum of Art and Atlanta Historical Society founded. 1928 Viaduct system raises city center's street level one story. Atlanta Daily World, a black newspaper, founded.
City purchases Candler Field, now Hartsfield Airport, Fox Theatre completed.
Population 270,366. Atlantan Bobby Jones wins golf Grand Slam: British Open, British Amateur, U.S. Open and U.S Amateur.
Techwood Homes, nation's first federal public housing project opens.
Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind published.
Election of William Hartsfield, city's longest serving mayor.
Georgia's first four-lane highway, U.S 41 completed - Atlanta to Marietta.
Gone with the Wind makes it's world film premiere on December 15 at Loew's Grand Theatre.
Delta Airlines headquarters moves to Atlanta.
Winecoff Hotel fire, America's worst hotel fire. Black voters registration drive adds almost 18,000 new voters to city's rolls.
Negro Voters League established.
The Georgia Museum of Art opens in its first location, the basement of Piedmont Library.
Atlanta annexes surrounding areas, increasing size form 37 to 118 square miles.
Temple of Hebrew Benevolent Congregation bombed.
Lenox Square Mall, city's first regional shopping center, opens.
A sit-in movement promotes desegregation of city restaurants and businesses.
Public schools begin peaceful desegregation.
Only Airport crash kills 106 Atlanta arts patrons in Paris.
Martin Luther King, Jr. wins Nobel Peace Prize.
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium constructed. Braves relocate from Milwaukee, and Falcons become a new NFL expansion team.
Atlanta Memorial Arts Center opens. Martin Luther King, Jr. funeral held in Atlanta. 1970 Metropolitan area population 1,458,400.
Hank Aaron hits 715th home run, breaking major league home run record.
Atlanta hosts Democratic National Convention.
Metropolitan population 2,833,511, nations twelfth largest urban center.
Atlanta hosts Summer Centennial Olympic Games.
Historical Sites worth visiting
Despite its name, the Atlanta History Center's Museum Collection is regional in nature and includes objects dating from the early 19th century to the present. At its core are those items that refer to the history of Atlanta and its environs, but in order to place the history of city in its proper context, the collection also includes items that refer to the history of Georgia, the South and the nation.
Just past noon on January 15, 1929, a son was born to the Reverend and Mrs. Martin Luther King in an upstairs bedroom of 501 Auburn Avenue, in Atlanta, Georgia. The couple named their first son after Rev. King, but he was simply called "M.L." by the family. During the next 12 years, this fine two story Victorian home is where "M.L." would live with his parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and their boarders. The home is located in the residential section of "Sweet Auburn", the center of black Atlanta. Two blocks west of the home is Ebenezer Baptist Church, the pastorate of Martin's grandfather and father. It was in these surroundings of home, church and neighborhood that "M.L." experienced his childhood. Here, "M.L." learned about family and Christian love, segregation in the days of "Jim Crow" laws, diligence and tolerance. It was to Ebenezer Baptist Church that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would return in 1960. As co-pastor with his father, "Daddy King", Dr. King, Jr. would preach about love, equality, and non-violence.
The Atlanta Preservation Center is the city's only independent advocate for historic buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes. Founded in 1980, the nonprofit organization has worked with government, business and community leaders to preserve more than 100 endangered residential and commercial structures and neighborhoods. Its advocacy and education programs have made preservation come alive for thousands of area residents.