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

20th Century

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December 15, 1939

Gone with the Wind Premiere

It is still one of the most popular films ever made, and its romanticized view of the Old South became firmly established in the popular imagination.

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March 24, 1939

Georgia Demands Return of the General

The General was the famous train captured by Andrews' Raiders during the Civil War, and later made famous by Buster Keaton’s 1927 film, and the 1956 mo...
January 24, 1939

Ray Stevens

He streaked to the top of the charts.

Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarksdale, Georgia. He attended high school in A...
November 19, 1938

Ted Turner

Known affectionately as the “Mouth of the South, he created a TV and sports empire that dramatically altered the media landscape.

Robert Edward ...
August 11, 1938

FDR's Controversial Speech in Barnesville

Sometimes even the best politicians can make big mistakes. President Franklin Roosevelt took a risk on this day in 1938 in Barnesville, Georgia. Giving a speec...
May 09, 1937

Dave Prater

They were soul men long before the Blues Brothers.

Florida native Samuel Moore and Georgian David Prater were gospel music veterans when they joined...
March 29, 1937

Billy Carter

“Yes, I’m a real southern boy,” he told reporters. “I’ve got a red neck, white socks, and drink Blue Ribbon beer."

Billy Carter was born in...
July 09, 1936

Chattahoochee National Forest

Anyone who has ever taken a walk in the woods in north Georgia knows that the Chattahoochee National Forest is one of the state’s great treasures. But it wasn...
May 26, 1936

Fort Frederica

Long before the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville, Georgia has always kept an eye on Florida.

Georgia founder James Ogl...
April 06, 1936

Gainesville Tornado of 1936

It was one of the worst weather-related disasters in Georgia history. The tornado that struck Gainesville on this day in 1936 was part of a devastating outbreak...

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