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Today in Georgia History
is a joint collaboration of the Georgia Historical Society & Georgia Public Broadcasting.

nineteenth century

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February 01, 1898

Leila Denmark

She lived by two rules: love what you do and eat right. It clearly worked for Leila Denmark. At the age of 103, she was the oldest practicing pediatrician in ...
December 12, 1897

Lillian Smith

She was one of the first prominent white Southerners to denounce segregation, and she was a controversial figure all her life.

Lillian Smith was bor...
November 02, 1897

Richard B. Russell

He was one of the most powerful Americans of the 20th century and served in public office for more than half of it.

Richard Brevard Russell, Jr., born...

October 30, 1897

Von Gammon

Can you imagine Saturday afternoons in autumn without college football in Georgia? It almost happened.

On this day in 1897, UGA player Richard Von ...
October 08, 1895

Liberty Bell in Atlanta

It doesn't get around much anymore, but the Liberty Bell came to Atlanta on this date in 1895 for the Cotton States Exposition.

It almost didn'...

November 30, 1894

Joseph E. Brown

He was Georgia’s Civil War governor who opposed almost every Confederate policy.

Joseph Emerson Brown was born in South Carolina in 1821 and was ...
November 16, 1894

Thomas Brewer

The Civil Rights movement boasted many heroes; some, sadly, unsung.

Thomas Brewer was born in Alabama in 1894, and earned a medical degree at Meharry...
September 11, 1894

Helen Douglas Mankin

An ambulance driver, a lawyer and the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia -- all stops along the way for Helen Douglas Mankin.

Mankin wa...
January 18, 1892

Oliver Hardy

He was the large half of the duo that was widely considered the greatest comedy team in film history, always complaining, “This is another fine mess you’ve ...
March 01, 1890

William B. Hartsfield

When you help guide a city through a depression and then, later, guide it through the civil rights era...when you are responsible for Atlanta’s becoming the a...

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