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

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January 04, 1905

Sterling Holloway

You may not have known his name, but you couldn’t miss his voice, especially when he played a small cartoon bear -- and that was just one of over 150 movies a...
December 17, 1903

Erskine Caldwell

His novels captured the desperation of poverty in Georgia and seared that image into the American psyche.

Erskine Caldwell was born in Coweta County ...
August 26, 1903

Caroline Miller

The first Georgian to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction was a woman who never went to college.

Caroline Miller was born in Waycross and published he...
March 13, 1902

Jesse Jewell

In Gainesville, chickens rule the roost, thanks to a native son who made Gainesville the poultry capital of the world.

Jesse Jewell was born in 1902...
July 06, 1901

Charles McCartney

It was easy to get Charles McCartney’s goat.

Born in Iowa in 1901, McCartney got hurt working for the New Deal WPA in 1935. A religious awakening ...
November 08, 1900

Margaret Mitchell

She just wanted to be known as Mrs. John Marsh.

Margaret Mitchell was her maiden name. Born in Atlanta in 1900, she lived away from the city only ...
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 ...
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...

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 Do...
September 28, 1892

John Donald Wade

The rock of tradition versus the hard place of progress is an old Southern dilemma. John Donald Wade, born in Marshallville, knew it well.

Wade’s...

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