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Jackie Cochran, who had spent part of her youth in Georgia and gone on to aviation fame, became the first woman to break the sound barrier.
The U.S. Navy purchased the State Normal School site in Athens for the purpose of establing a Naval Supply Corps School on the site.
A tornado damaged Robins Air Force Base and other areas of middle Georgia, leaving 18 dead, 350 injured, 1000 homeless, and millions of dollars worth of damages.
African-American Dr. Rufus Clement won election to the Atlanta Board of Education, with the support of many white leaders. Describing his victory as proof that "the white population is ready to work constructively with the Negro population," Clement became a proponent of a "go slow, go easy" path to integration that helped Atlanta avoid the confrontations over desegregation that developed in many other southern cities.
Future actress Kim Basinger was born in Athens, Georgia.
Future Grammy award winning musician Robert Cray was born in Columbus, Georgia.
Terry Bollea was born in Augusta, Georgia; he would go on to fame as wrestler and entertainer Hulk Hogan.
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