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

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July 18, 2000

Paul Coverdell

He was the first Republican Senator from Georgia since Reconstruction, but he made sure he wouldn’t be the last.

Paul Coverdell was born in Des Mo...
December 20, 1994

Dean Rusk

The second Georgian to serve as Secretary of State was a prime architect of the Vietnam War.

Dean Rusk was born in Cherokee County in 1909. A Rhodes...
August 31, 1992

Charles Weltner

He was a Georgia congressman who courageously spoke out for racial equality at a time when few white leaders did.

Charles Weltner was born in 1927 in...
June 17, 1992

Grace Towns Hamilton

She was the first African-American woman elected to the Georgia Legislature.

Grace Towns Hamilton was born in Atlanta in 1907. She graduated from ...
October 15, 1991

Clarence Thomas Confirmation

He became only the second African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court—and one of its most controversial members.

Clarence Thomas was born...

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’...
June 21, 1981

Atlanta Child Murders

In July 1979, two 14-year-old boys went missing. When police found the bodies of Edward Hope Smith and Alfred Evans, it began a two-year nightmare that held Atl...
November 04, 1979

Iranian Hostage Crisis

It was an international crisis that tarnished America’s global prestige and helped make Jimmy Carter a one-term president.

The Iranian Hostage C...
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...
October 16, 1973

Maynard Jackson Elected

There were many firsts in his family.

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1938,Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.  moved to Atlanta when he was 8.  His Georg...

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