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

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April 15, 1964

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium

Build it and they will come.

Atlanta Stadium was the city’s field of dreams, the brainchild of Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., who promised in his 1961 may...
October 24, 1962

James Brown

He was born in a one-room shack in Barnwell, South Carolina, in 1933. He moved to Augusta, Georgia when he was five. His mother abandoned him, he grew up in abj...
July 24, 1962

Kevin Butler

The Butler did it: a familiar phrase when Kevin Butler was kicking footballs.

Butler was born in Savannah in 1962 and attended Redan High School in ...
June 03, 1962

Orly Airport Crash

On this date in 1962, 113 Georgians died at Orly Airport in Paris. It was the worst single airplane crash of that time—and it led to one of Atlanta’s cultur...
July 30, 1961

Laurence Fishburne

He is the first African-American to play Othello in a major movie, following in the footsteps of Lawrence Olivier and Orson Welles.

Laurence Fishbur...
July 31, 1960

Atlanta Motor Speedway

For those who like making continuous left-hand turns, it’s the place to be. One of the oldest stops on the NASCAR circuit, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, held i...
December 27, 1956

Jackie Robinson

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” The words of baseball great and civil rights pioneer Jackie Robinson, who was born to ...
March 07, 1951

Ezzard Charles

The heavyweight boxing champion called the "Cincinnati Cobra" was actually a Georgia native.

Ezzard Charles was born in Lawrenceville in 1921 and mo...
March 08, 1949

Television Broadcasting in Georgia

Reaching for the TV remote is such a habit now, it’s hard to imagine Atlanta viewers were once thrilled to have two TV stations to watch. In late 1948, WSB-TV...
October 20, 1946

Lewis Grizzard

He would tell Yankee immigrants who found fault with the South: “Delta is ready when you are.”

Lewis Grizzard was born in Fort Benning and ...

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