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

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February 16, 1985

Phil Niekro

Knucksie won more games after age 40 than any pitcher in Major League history.

Phil Niekro, one of the most popular Atlanta Braves of all time, was ...
April 18, 1983

Cheryl Haworth

She is one of the strongest women in the world, becoming a national champion and Olympic medalist while still a teenager.

Cheryl Haworth was born in...
December 04, 1982

Herschel Walker

There have been a lot of great Georgia Bulldogs, but very few who needed only one name: Herschel.

Herschel Junior Walker was born in Wrightsville in...
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...
May 02, 1981

Murder in Savannah Inspires Bestselling Book

In Savannah it's "the book." John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was published in January 1994. The non-fiction account of antiques ...
June 01, 1980

CNN Debut

Detractors called it the Chicken Noodle Network, but it revolutionized the way the world gets its news.

Ted Turner launched the Cable News Networkâ€...
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...
August 30, 1979

Jimmy Carter Rabbit Episode

On August 30, 1979, some bad news broke for President Jimmy Carter. It involved Carter's fending off a rabbit on a fishing trip in southwest Georgia back in Apr...
June 22, 1979

First Home Depot Opened

Getting the stuff to do it yourself got a lot easier on this day in 1979 when the first two Home Depots opened.

Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank star...
April 19, 1979

Azaleas and Callaway Gardens

Azaleas have been grown for hundreds of years in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Descended from Asian shrubs, they are a form of rhododendron, with ...

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