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

19th Century

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April 28, 1894

Young Harris College

His namesake college in north Georgia is small. Its effect has been anything but.

Young Loftin Harris was born in Elbert County around 1812. He beca...
August 27, 1893

Georgia Hurricane of 1893

A hurricane with the same destructive force as Katrina hit the Georgia coast on this day in 1893. Known as the “Sea Island Storm,” it killed nearly 2,000 p...
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 ...
October 21, 1891

Henry Grady

His name became a synonym for the New South.

Henry Grady was born in 1850 in Athens. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Grady publishe...

July 13, 1890

John C. Fremont

Abraham Lincoln was not the first Republican presidential candidate. It was Georgia native John Frémont who ran four years before Lincoln.

Born in S...
December 06, 1889

Robert Woodruff

Coca-Cola is now a worldwide phenomenon, but the man responsible took over when the company was still struggling.

Robert Woodruff was born in Columb...
September 24, 1889

Agnes Scott College

Its beautiful campus has hosted more than 20 movies and TV shows. It opened in 1889 as the Decatur Female Seminary. As Agnes Scott College, it's become a...

September 03, 1888

Thomas Milton Rivers

Viruses and bacteria are two very different things. We know that now thanks to a pioneering scientist born in Jonesboro.

Known as the father of ...

August 16, 1888

John Stith Pemberton

He created the pause that refreshes.

John Stith Pemberton was born in Knoxville, Georgia in 1831 and grew up in Rome. In 1850, he graduated from a ...
August 06, 1887

Woolfolk Murders

Five years before Lizzie Borden and her axe became famous, nine members of the Woolfolk family were killed with an axe at their home near Macon in Georgia's fir...

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