Atlanta was founded in 1837 and is the 37th largest city in the country. Native Americans native to the area were the Apalachee.

The city’s first official name was Marthasville, named to honor Governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter. The city was later renamed Atlanta after the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlantic railroad.

In the 1960s Atlanta became a major organizing hub of the Civil Rights Movement. It is the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. He played a major role within the Civil Rights Movement.

Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympic Games; related buildings constructed for the Olympic venues and the effort of the Civil Rights Movement initiated a transformation of the city.

On June 1st at 5:00 pm, Ted Turner launched a cable news channel in Atlanta. It was the beginning of CNN, the first television news channel to provide 24 hour news coverage, Mr. Turner wasn’t so crazy after all.

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