In the 1950s, the city's newly constructed highway system allowed middle class Atlantans the ability to relocate to the suburbs.As a result, the city began to make up an ever-smaller proportion of the metropolitan area's population.During the modern era, Atlanta has attained international prominence as a major air transportation hub, with Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport being by far the world's busiest airport since 1998.The initial route was to run southward from Chattanooga to a terminus east of the Chattahoochee River, which would then be linked to Savannah.On September 1, 1864, Confederate General John Bell Hood made the decision to retreat from Atlanta, and he ordered the destruction of all public buildings and possible assets that could be of use to the Union Army.
In 1915, Leo Frank, a Jewish-American factory superintendent, convicted of murder, was hanged in Marietta by a lynch mob, drawing attention to antisemitism in the United States.
On December 15, 1939, Atlanta hosted the premiere of Gone with the Wind, the epic film based on the best-selling novel by Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell.
The gala event at Loew's Grand Theatre was attended by the film's legendary producer, David O.
After engineers surveyed various possible locations for the terminus, the "zero milepost" was driven into the ground in what is now Five Points.
A year later, the area around the milepost had developed into a settlement, first known as "Terminus," and later as "Thrasherville" after a local merchant who built homes and a general store in the area.