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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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April 29, 1950

Dobbins Air Force Base Dedicated

$162 million. That's the economic impact that Dobbins Air Force Base brings to Marietta. Not bad for what started out in 1941 as a small airstrip called Ricken...
March 11, 1948

Roy Barnes

He was Georgia’s 80th governor and the only one to win a Profile in Courage award. Roy Barnes was born in Mableton in 1948 and at age 26 won a seat in the Geo...
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...
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...
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...
July 08, 1941

Hamilton Holmes

He was valedictorian of his high school class but the University of Georgia wouldn’t let him in.

Hamilton Holmes was born in 1941 in Atlanta, the ...

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