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

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September 14, 1917

Byron Herbert Reece

His writing still evokes the spirit of the north Georgia mountains. 

Novelist and poet Byron Herbert Reece was born in Union County near Blood Mou...

April 17, 1917

World War I in Georgia

When America entered World War I, Georgia entered a new era in which the military began to loom large in our state.

In 1917, Georgia already had fiv...
February 19, 1917

Carson McCullers

She helped create the literary genre known as “Southern Gothic.” But more than anything else, Carson McCullers wrote with penetrating insight about loneline...
August 17, 1915

Leo Frank Lynching

One of the darkest episodes in Georgia history, the lynching of Leo Frank in Marietta, occurred on this day in 1915. Frank was convicted in 1913 of murdering...

May 23, 1914

Celestine Sibley

She was a Southern icon whose byline appeared in the Atlanta Constitution for 58 years.

Celestine Sibley was born in Florida in 1914. She got...
August 25, 1913

Walt Kelly

"We have met the enemy and he is us." The cartoonist who gave us that famous quote was born on this day in 1913, in Philadelphia.

Walt Kelly worked...
July 28, 1913

Leo Frank Trial

Leo Frank went on trial for his life on this day in 1913.

Frank, a New York Jew, was manager of the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, accused of r...
July 29, 1912

Clarence Jordan Born

The good work of Habitat for Humanity can be traced back to a progressive religious leader born on this day in 1912.

Clarence Jordan was born in Ta...
December 21, 1911

Josh Gibson

He was known as the black Babe Ruth, and some consider him baseball’s all-time home run king.

Josh Gibson was born in Buena Vista, Georgia, in 191...
January 08, 1911

Butterfly McQueen

Her fame rested on one indelible performance: a slave who lacked the midwifery skills to help Melanie Hamilton.

Thelma McQueen was born in Florida i...

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