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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 24, 1942

Max Cleland

A Georgia hero was born in Atlanta on this day in 1942.

Joseph Maxwell Cleland -- “Max” -- grew up in Lithonia. While enrolled at Emory, Cleland...
January 14, 1940

Julian Bond

It took the Supreme Court to seat Julian Bond in the Georgia Legislature.

Born in Nashville in 1940, graduated from a Quaker school in Pennsylvania,...
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...
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...
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 ...
July 28, 1913

Leo Frank Trial

Leo Frank went on trial for his life on this day in 1913.

Frank, a New York Jew, was manager of the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta, accused of r...
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...
March 20, 1907

Ellis Arnall

He’s the only person who ever beat Gene Talmadge.

Ellis Arnall was born in Newnan in 1907. He earned a degree in Greek from the University of the S...
October 30, 1897

Von Gammon

Can you imagine Saturday afternoons in autumn without college football in Georgia? It almost happened.

On this day in 1897, UGA player Richard Von ...

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