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

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October 04, 1942

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Her most powerful weapon is her voice. It always has been. Bernice Johnson Reagon was born in Albany. The Baptist minister's daughter grew up immers...

August 24, 1942

Max Cleland

A Georgia hero was born in Atlanta on this day in 1942.

Joseph Maxwell Cleland -- “Max” -- grew up in Lithonia. While enrolled at Emory, Cleland...
April 08, 1942

World War II: German U-Boat Attacks

The Nazis brought World War II to Georgia, when a German U-boat sank three ships off the coast in 1942.

The state seemed an unlikely target; it had ...
March 30, 1942

Bell Bomber Plant

The Bell Bomber plant transformed Marietta—and helped the Allies win World War II. On this day in 1942, construction began on the Bell Aircraft Corporation pl...
November 26, 1941

FDR Establishes Thanksgiving

It can fall on any day between November 22 and 28, depending on the year, but it hasn’t always been the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving ...
September 09, 1941

Otis Redding

When the hit song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" went to number one on the charts in 1968, the artist who wrote and sang it had been dead for four months.
May 21, 1941

Bobby Cox

He holds the dubious distinction of having been thrown out of more ballgames than anyone in baseball history—but few managers ever won more games.

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May 25, 1940

Crypt of Civilization

Here's something for Georgians to look forward to -- if you plan on being around 6,000 years from now. In 1936, a new phrase was born -- time capsule, thanks to...
February 29, 1940

Gone With the Wind Wins 8 Oscars

It was one of the most popular movies ever made and is forever linked to the state of Georgia.

Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick...
February 28, 1940

Joe South

Joseph Souter was born in Atlanta on this day in 1940.

After meeting disc jockey Bill Lowery, he shortened his name to Joe South. He played in Lower...

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