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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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August 25, 1913

Walt Kelly

"We have met the enemy and he is us." The cartoonist who gave us that famous quote was born on this day in 1913, in Philadelphia.

Walt Kelly worked...
July 28, 1913

Leo Frank Trial

Leo Frank went on trial for his life on this day in 1913.

Frank, a New York Jew, was manager of the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, accused of r...
July 29, 1912

Clarence Jordan Born

The good work of Habitat for Humanity can be traced back to a progressive religious leader born on this day in 1912.

Clarence Jordan was born in Ta...
March 31, 1911

Alfred Iverson, Jr.

He captured the highest-ranking Union officer taken prisoner during the Civil War.

Alfred Iverson, Jr., was born in 1829 in Clinton, Georgia, in Jon...
March 15, 1911

Ivan Allen, Jr.

He was Atlanta’s mayor for eight years in the 1960s, and he was the only Southern politician to testify in favor of the Civil Rights Act.

Ivan All...
May 30, 1910

Ralph Metcalfe

He was called the “World’s Fastest Human,” and he excelled on and off the track.

Ralph Metcalfe was born in Atlanta in 1910 and became one of ...
August 12, 1909

Boll Weevil in Georgia

How much would you pay to kill a pest?

On this day in 1909, the Georgia General Assembly formally asked the U.S. Congress for a $5 million prize to t...
August 21, 1907

Georgia's Literacy Test

It was a major blow to the rights of black Georgians. At the same time, a new phrase was born – the Grandfather Clause.

In 1907, Georgia Governor Hoke S...

April 09, 1907

Peyton Anderson

Peyton Anderson was born in 1907 in Macon with newspaper ink in his veins. His uncle edited and published the Macon Telegraph and later the Macon News...
August 26, 1903

Caroline Miller

The first Georgian to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction was a woman who never went to college.

Caroline Miller was born in Waycross and published he...

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