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

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February 28, 1940

Joe South

Joseph Souter was born in Atlanta on this day in 1940.

After meeting disc jockey Bill Lowery, he shortened his name to Joe South. He played in Lower...
December 15, 1939

Gone with the Wind Premiere

It is still one of the most popular films ever made, and its romanticized view of the Old South became firmly established in the popular imagination.

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January 24, 1939

Ray Stevens

He streaked to the top of the charts.

Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarksdale, Georgia. He attended high school in A...
November 19, 1938

Ted Turner

Known affectionately as the “Mouth of the South, he created a TV and sports empire that dramatically altered the media landscape.

Robert Edward ...
May 09, 1937

Dave Prater

They were soul men long before the Blues Brothers.

Florida native Samuel Moore and Georgian David Prater were gospel music veterans when they joined...
February 17, 1936

Jim Brown

He was one of the greatest – if not the greatest - running backs to ever play the game of football.

Jim Brown was born on St. Simons in 1936. At S...
February 11, 1936

Burt Reynolds

It started with Deliverance in 1972. From there, Burt Reynolds “delivered” a lot of film business to the state of Georgia.

As he was bec...
June 07, 1935

Harry Crews

He was hailed as a bold new Southern writer in the Southern Gothic tradition, with his books populated by strange characters in a brutal and darkly humorous Sou...
March 22, 1934

First Masters Tournament Begins

A Masters from Georgia. Not a degree in Athens –- a golf tournament in Augusta. And it was a hit off the first tee.

After golfer Bobby Jones ret...
August 20, 1933

Georgians at Chicago World's Fair

On August 20, 1933, Governor Eugene Talmadge led 500 Georgians to Chicago's Second World's Fair, where it was Georgia Day.

The fair was officially k...

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