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

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June 16, 1967

Six Flags Over Georgia Opens

If you love roller coasters, you probably should thank Six Flags.

Opened in 1967, the park takes its name from the six flags that have flown over so...
April 14, 1966

Greg Maddux

His teammates called him “Mad Dog” or “Professor.” We can’t say what opposing batters called him. He was unhittable, one of the best pitchers in Majo...
August 18, 1965

Beatles Play Atlanta

On August 18, 1965, the Beatles made their only Georgia appearance at a concert in Atlanta Stadium.

Beatlemania was in full swing that summer and Atl...
May 04, 1965

Rolling Stones Play at Statesboro

“Pop music is sex and you have to hit them in the face with it.” So said the Rolling Stones’ manager as they rolled onto the music scene in 1962.
September 12, 1964

Stone Mountain Carving

On this day in 1964, sculptors began taking a third crack at the Confederate Memorial Carving on Stone Mountain, first proposed 50 years earlier by the Unite...

April 15, 1964

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium

Build it and they will come.

Atlanta Stadium was the city’s field of dreams, the brainchild of Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., who promised in his 1961 may...
July 16, 1963

Carl Vinson

Carl Vinson believed public service was an honorable profession, and by the time he retired, he had served in Congress longer than anyone in history.

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October 24, 1962

James Brown

He was born in a one-room shack in Barnwell, South Carolina, in 1933. He moved to Augusta, Georgia when he was five. His mother abandoned him, he grew up in abj...
July 24, 1962

Kevin Butler

The Butler did it: a familiar phrase when Kevin Butler was kicking footballs.

Butler was born in Savannah in 1962 and attended Redan High School in ...
June 03, 1962

Orly Airport Crash

On this date in 1962, 113 Georgians died at Orly Airport in Paris. It was the worst single airplane crash of that time—and it led to one of Atlanta’s cultur...

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