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Today in Georgia History
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May 20, 2008

Hamilton Jordan

It may be the Jordan River, but Jimmy Carter’s chief of staff’s name was pronounced “Jerden.”

Born in 1944, Hamilton Jordan always loved poli...
June 08, 2004

G-8 Summit in Georgia

The President was on Sea Island on this day 2004 for the annual Group of 8, or G-8 Summit.

President George W. Bush welcomed the leaders of the world...
November 05, 2002

Sonny Perdue

He was the first Republican governor elected in Georgia in more than 130 years, but George “Sonny” Perdue III began his political life as a Democrat.
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June 29, 1993

Georgia Lottery Began

This could be your lucky day and not just because you’re reading this.

In Georgia, lotteries have been around since the 18th century. Indian lands...
July 20, 1988

Democratic National Convention

The Democratic Party came to Atlanta in 1988 to choose its champion to take on Vice President George Bush, the shoo-in republican nominee as President Reagan’...
July 14, 1976

Jimmy Carter Presidential Nomination

Jimmy who? Jimmy Carter, the original “Washington outsider” to run for the presidency, was still governor of Georgia when he announced his candidacy for th...
May 31, 1971

Jimmy Carter on Cover of Time Magazine

Jimmy Carter first ran for governor in 1966 as a moderate, losing to Lester Maddox. He wouldn’t make the same mistake twice.

In 1970, Carter ran a...
February 06, 1956

Massive Resistance

The white South’s opposition to court-ordered desegregation in the 1950s was known as "Massive Resistance," and while Georgia’s reaction wasn’t as violent...
January 11, 1955

Marvin Griffin

Marvin Griffin ran for governor as a staunch segregationist, but when it came to actually defying federal orders, as he said, “being in jail kind of crimps a ...
November 17, 1948

Three Governors Controversy

It was one of the most bizarre political episodes in American history. For a brief period of time in 1947, Georgia had three governors.

Eugene Talma...

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