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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 29, 1971

Duane Allman

He was the leader of the band that helped spark the Southern rock movement of the 1970s.

Duane Allman was born in 1946 in Nashville and his family ...
October 26, 1971

Muhammad Ali

He would box, but he would not fight.

At the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, Muhammad Ali was drafted. Declaring himself a conscientious object...
July 04, 1970

Peachtree Road Race

It’s big now, but not to begin with.

In 1970, 110 runners lined up for the Atlanta Track Club’s first Peachtree Road Race. The starting line was...
July 05, 1969

Atlanta International Pop Festival

Woodstock may have gotten the headlines but Atlanta was rockin' a whole month earlier.

The Atlanta International Pop Festival of 1969 was a two-day m...
February 03, 1969

Ralph McGill

His was a voice of moderation during one of the South’s most racially divisive periods.

Ralph McGill was born in Tennessee in 1898. His sports co...
August 09, 1967

Deion Sanders

One of the most gifted and versatile athletes in Georgia sports history was born on this day in Fort Myers, Fla.

Former Atlanta Brave and Atlanta Fa...
June 16, 1967

Six Flags Over Georgia Opens

If you love roller coasters, you probably should thank Six Flags.

Opened in 1967, the park takes its name from the six flags that have flown over so...
April 14, 1966

Greg Maddux

His teammates called him “Mad Dog” or “Professor.” We can’t say what opposing batters called him. He was unhittable, one of the best pitchers in Majo...
August 18, 1965

Beatles Play Atlanta

On August 18, 1965, the Beatles made their only Georgia appearance at a concert in Atlanta Stadium.

Beatlemania was in full swing that summer and Atl...
May 04, 1965

Rolling Stones Play at Statesboro

“Pop music is sex and you have to hit them in the face with it.” So said the Rolling Stones’ manager as they rolled onto the music scene in 1962.

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