Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell christened the U.S.S. Atlanta with this champagne bottle on September 6, 1941. Sponsored by Mitchell, the U.S.S. Atlanta sank in 1942 during the battles off Guadalcanal. The following January, Mitchell led war bond drives for funds to build a new Atlanta, raising $65 million in only sixty days. In February 1944, Mitchell christened the replacement U.S.S. Atlanta.
December 26, 1939
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was given a private viewing of “Gone With The Wind” at the White House.
November 8, 1900
Author and newspaper journalist Margaret Mitchell was born in Atlanta
July 30, 1936
David O. Selznick purchased the motion picture rights to Gone With the Wind.