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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 26, 1926

Tiger Flowers

He took a Bible with him into the ring. Dubbed the “Georgia Deacon,” he was the first black boxer to be middleweight champion of the world.

Theod...
March 26, 1925

James Moody

The man had sax appeal: tenor, alto, and soprano.

James Moody, born in Savannah in 1925, began playing the saxophone at 16, despite being hard of h...
March 25, 1925

Flannery O'Connor

She was one of Georgia’s most famous literary figures.

Mary Flannery O'Connor was born in Savannah in 1925 and graduated from Georgia State Colle...
July 17, 1924

Olive Ann Burns

Cold Sassy Tree, a coming of age tale set in turn of the century Georgia, was inspired by some bad news. Olive Ann Burns was a writer for the Atlanta ...
September 07, 1923

Louise Suggs

One of the world's greatest women golfers, Mae Louise Suggs, was born in Atlanta. Comedian Bob Hope nicknamed her "Miss Sluggs." Golfer Ben Hogan called her the...
June 14, 1923

Fiddlin’ John Carson

Farmer, railroad worker, horse jockey, moonshiner and country music’s first big star -- that was John William Carson.

Fannin County native fiddlin...
August 19, 1921

Ty Cobb Gets 3000th Hit

The man known as “the Georgia Peach” reached a major milestone on this day in 1921. At age 34, baseball great and Georgia native Ty Cobb got career hit numb...
December 14, 1920

Charley Trippi

The greatest college football player ever? Bear Bryant said he was. Even if he did play for Georgia.

Charley Trippi was born in Pennsylvania in 1...
October 10, 1920

Frank Sinkwich

He won the first Heisman Trophy ever awarded to a southern college football player. But Frank Sinkwich might never have played at the University of Georgia i...

January 20, 1920

DeForest Kelley

Star Trek only ran three years, but you can’t kill it with a phaser. Its characters are immortal as well. They have lived long, and prospered. One of t...

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