In 1791, the Bill of Rights took effect after ratification by Virginia. In 1939, the film Gone With the Wind premiered in Atlanta. In 1961, Adolf Eichmann, considered the architect of the Nazi's "final solution," was convicted of war crimes and sentenced to death. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter announced his intention to grant diplomatic recognition to the People's Republic of China and sever ties with Taiwan on January 1, 1979.
Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), engineer; Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959), playwright; J. Paul Getty (1892-1976), oil tycoon/philanthropist; Betty Smith (1896-1972), author/playwright; Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012), architect; Tim Conway (1933- ), actor/comedian; Don Johnson (1949- ), actor; Julie Taymor (1952- ), director; Surya Bonaly (1973- ), figure skater; Adam Brody (1979- ), actor; Michelle Dockery (1981- ), actress; Charlie Cox (1982- ), actor.
In 1982, Bill Parcells became the coach of the New York Giants.
Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell died at the age of 49 from injuries sustained when she was struck by a drunk driver on Peachtree Street in Atlanta.
"The meek shall inherit the earth but not the mineral rights." – J. Paul Getty
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