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

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September 14, 1917

Byron Herbert Reece

His writing still evokes the spirit of the north Georgia mountains. 

Novelist and poet Byron Herbert Reece was born in Union County near Blood Mou...

February 19, 1917

Carson McCullers

She helped create the literary genre known as “Southern Gothic.” But more than anything else, Carson McCullers wrote with penetrating insight about loneline...
September 30, 1915

Lester Maddox

He was a high school dropout who would be governor.

Born in Atlanta, Lester Maddox worked at the Bell Bomber factory in Marietta during World War II.&n...

May 23, 1914

Celestine Sibley

She was a Southern icon whose byline appeared in the Atlanta Constitution for 58 years.

Celestine Sibley was born in Florida in 1914. She got...
August 25, 1913

Walt Kelly

"We have met the enemy and he is us." The cartoonist who gave us that famous quote was born on this day in 1913, in Philadelphia.

Walt Kelly worked...
December 21, 1911

Josh Gibson

He was known as the black Babe Ruth, and some consider him baseball’s all-time home run king.

Josh Gibson was born in Buena Vista, Georgia, in 191...
January 08, 1911

Butterfly McQueen

Her fame rested on one indelible performance: a slave who lacked the midwifery skills to help Melanie Hamilton.

Thelma McQueen was born in Florida i...
May 30, 1910

Ralph Metcalfe

He was called the “World’s Fastest Human,” and he excelled on and off the track.

Ralph Metcalfe was born in Atlanta in 1910 and became one of ...
November 18, 1909

Johnny Mercer

“Moon River,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Accentuate the Positive” -- Savannah native John Herndon Mercer wrote those songs and a thousand more like them, ...
September 22, 1909

Lamar Dodd

Lamar Dodd's paintings evoked "Georgia, Georgia, Georgia," according to one New York art critic.

Born in Fairburn and raised in LaGrange,...

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