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

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November 06, 1998

Newt Gingrich

He was the author of the Republican revolution of 1994—and one of the most powerful and polarizing leaders in Georgia history.

Newton Leroy Ging...
June 25, 1997

Atlanta Thrashers

If Atlanta loses one more hockey team, it will be a hat trick.

Hockey and the Deep South have always been something of a forced marriage. The Flames...
July 19, 1996

Atlanta Olympics Begin

For 17 days in 1996, Atlanta was the center of the world.

In 1990, the International Olympic Committee chose Atlanta for the site of the centennial ...
October 28, 1995

Braves Win the World Series

Ted Turner called them “America’s Team,” but for most of their time in Atlanta they were lovable losers.

The Braves played their first Atlanta ...
April 07, 1995

Georgia Peach: Official State Fruit

Georgia is called the Peach State, but the fruit has been part of our history long before there was a Georgia.

Franciscan monks introduced peaches ...
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...
September 17, 1994

"Ma" Rainey

Macon usually gets top billing when it comes to Georgia's musical heritage, but Columbus has a trump card – “Ma...

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...
January 23, 1993

Thomas A. Dorsey

“Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” one of the most famous gospel songs ever written, was inspired by the personal tragedy of its author.

Thomas Dorse...
November 03, 1992

Cynthia McKinney

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

Cynthia McKinney was born in Atlanta to Billy McKinney, one of Atlanta...

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