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

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May 15, 1925

Carl Sanders

George Wallace he most definitely was not.

Carl Sanders was born in 1925 in Augusta. He served in the Air Force in World War II, then returned to th...
October 01, 1924

Jimmy Carter

He's the only Georgian to ever be elected president of the United States, Jimmy Carter was born in Plains and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy.

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March 10, 1924

Tom Murphy

For 28 years, if Mr. Tom said no, state legislation didn’t pass.

Tom Murphy was born in 1924 in Bremen and graduated from North Georgia College. H...
November 21, 1922

Rebecca Latimer Felton

Georgia steadfastly opposed women’s suffrage, so no one ever expected the first woman in the U.S. Senate to be from Georgia. But that’s what happened on thi...
July 03, 1918

Ernest Vandiver

He was one Southern governor who chose not to stand in the schoolhouse door.

Ernest Vandiver was born in Canon, Georgia, in 1918 and graduated from ...
June 26, 1918

Prohibition - Georgia Ratifies 18th Amendment

Americans may love individual liberties, but there is a social engineering streak in some of us a mile wide—and when reformers can’t persuade, they try to p...
May 08, 1915

Henry McNeal Turner

Mixing religion and politics worked out well for Henry McNeal Turner.

Free-born in South Carolina in 1834, he was educated by white attorneys at a ...
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 ...
August 12, 1909

Boll Weevil in Georgia

How much would you pay to kill a pest?

On this day in 1909, the Georgia General Assembly formally asked the U.S. Congress for a $5 million prize to t...
August 08, 1899

William Yates Atkinson

Not many governors had to prove their courage by facing down a lynch mob. William Yates Atkinson did. The two-term governor was one of Georgia’s most progress...

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