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

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December 31, 1946

World War II and Georgia

World War II had a global impact and it transformed Georgia as well. Some 320,000 Georgians served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war, and thousands of oth...
December 07, 1946

Winecoff Hotel Fire

The Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable and the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta was supposed to be 100 percent fireproof, so there was no need for fire alarm...
October 20, 1946

Lewis Grizzard

He would tell Yankee immigrants who found fault with the South: “Delta is ready when you are.”

Lewis Grizzard was born in Fort Benning and ...

July 01, 1946

Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -– the CDC -- is located in Atlanta thanks to a pest.

During World War II, the Office of Malaria Con...
August 29, 1945

Wyomia Tyus

Wyomia Tyus was born to run. The Griffin native became the first athlete to win gold medals in the 100-yard dash in consecutive Olympics.

As a 15...
April 12, 1945

FDR Dies at Little White House

Everyone remembered where they were when they heard the news: the president is dead. On this day in 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt died at the Little White...
December 11, 1944

Brenda Lee

Her signature song was “I’m Sorry” but there was nothing sorry about the career of Brenda Lee…one of the first singers to be launched to stardom by the ...
May 28, 1944

Gladys Knight

She will forever be taking that midnight train to Georgia.

Gladys Knight, the "Empress of Soul," was born in Atlanta in 1944. At age 7, she gained n...
March 04, 1944

Eighth Air Force Bombs Berlin

It suffered the highest casualty rate of any American forces in World War II. The Eighth Air Force was organized in Savannah in January 1942 as part of the U.S....
January 31, 1944

Thomas Hardwick

Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, as we see in the story of former Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick.

Born in Thomasville in 1872, Hardwick served ...

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