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

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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...
December 11, 1944

Brenda Lee

Her signature song was “I’m Sorry” but there was nothing sorry about the career of Brenda Lee…one of the first singers to be launched to stardom by the ...
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...
February 09, 1944

Alice Walker

She was born in Eatonton in 1944 and at age 8 she was blinded in one eye by a BB gun fired by her brother, a traumatic event that crippled her self-confidence. ...
October 04, 1942

Bernice Johnson Reagon

Her most powerful weapon is her voice. It always has been. Bernice Johnson Reagon was born in Albany. The Baptist minister's daughter grew up immers...

November 26, 1941

FDR Establishes Thanksgiving

It can fall on any day between November 22 and 28, depending on the year, but it hasn’t always been the fourth Thursday in November.

Thanksgiving ...
September 09, 1941

Otis Redding

When the hit song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" went to number one on the charts in 1968, the artist who wrote and sang it had been dead for four months.
May 21, 1941

Bobby Cox

He holds the dubious distinction of having been thrown out of more ballgames than anyone in baseball history—but few managers ever won more games.

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May 25, 1940

Crypt of Civilization

Here's something for Georgians to look forward to -- if you plan on being around 6,000 years from now. In 1936, a new phrase was born -- time capsule, thanks to...
February 29, 1940

Gone With the Wind Wins 8 Oscars

It was one of the most popular movies ever made and is forever linked to the state of Georgia.

Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick...

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