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Led by Governor Marvin Griffin, the Georgia Legislature adopted an Interposition Resolution, trying to declare the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Brown v. Board of Education (see 1954 and 1955) null and void in Georgia. Several other notable bills passed, also in response the Supreme Court decisions, in what came to be called Georgia's "massive resistance" packet of legislation. Across the South, most Senators and Represntatives signed the Southern Manifesto - a declaration of constitutional reasons for opposing the decisions.
Testing the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions, two African-Americans applied for admission to the Georgia State College of Business Administration. Their applications were denied.
The Georgia State Flag was changed, adding an image of the Confederate Battle Flag to it; this flag would remain official until 2001.
Herman Talmadge was elected to the U.S. Senate.
Atlanta was chosen as the hub of a 41,000 mile interstate highway system. The Downtown Connector, which would eventually link these highways in the Atlanta area, opened.
The NAACP awarded its annual Spingarn Medal, for outstanding achievement by an African-American, to Jackie Robinson.
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame was created, though it would not have a permanent, physical home until 1999.
"Long Tall Sally" by Richard Penniman, better known as Little Richard, topped the popular music charts.
Future Atlanta Brave baseball great Dale Murphy was born in Oregon.
Future Olympic gold medalist Edwin Moses was born in Ohio.
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