By Ann Taylor Boutwell

June 4, 1869: The traveling Ames Circus on its way to Charleston remained in Atlanta to give two extra performances. The Atlanta Intelligencer newspaper said, “It is a better exhibition of its kind than we have seen since the war.” Senorita Ella Eugenia, wife of circus owner C.T. Ames, was the star attraction. The professional lion tamer thrilled the sold out audiences with her intrepid feats in the cage. Ames contributed the proceeds to the decoration of the graves of Confederate soldiers in Atlanta.

June 16, 1878: Crawford W. Long, the Georgia surgeon and pharmacist best known for his use of inhaled sulfuric ether as an anesthetic, died on this date. He is now recognized as the first physician to have administered ether anesthesia for surgery. In 1931, a sanatorium on Peachtree Street was renamed Crawford W. Long Hospital (it’s now Emory University Hospital Midtown).

June 18, 1892: The Southern Shorthand and Business College, one of the leading commercial colleges in the south placed an ad in the Sunny South newspaper’s classified section. It noted that 46 spaces were available for new students. In addition to shorthand the school offered commercial law, bookkeeping, telegraphy, drawing, typewriting, grammar, mathematics, and spelling. “Our graduates are in demand at salaries from $600 to $1,800 a year.”

June 18, 1958: Canadian beer company Carling broke ground for a new brewery in the city. The multi-million dollar brewery opened later in the year on Atlanta’s South Expressway. The building was bought by the Coca-Cola Company in 1971. Carling sponsored the first Peachtree Road Race.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott on their wedding day.

June 18, 1953: Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr. were married in the Scott family garden in Marion, Alabama. Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. performed the ceremony.

June 23, 2003: Atlanta lowers the flag for the late Mayor Maynard Holbrook Jackson. His interment was at Oakland Cemetery.

June 26, 1977: Rising musical star Natalie Cole, daughter of singer Maria Hawkins and crooner Nat King Cole, was the hit of the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

June 30, 1979: MARTA opened rail service to Avondale station.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.