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

nineteenth century

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September 24, 1889

Agnes Scott College

Its beautiful campus has hosted more than 20 movies and TV shows. It opened in 1889 as the Decatur Female Seminary. As Agnes Scott College, it's become a...

September 03, 1888

Thomas Milton Rivers

Viruses and bacteria are two very different things. We know that now thanks to a pioneering scientist born in Jonesboro.

Known as the father of ...

February 20, 1888

Ben Epps

Just four years after the Wright brothers, he was the first person to build and fly an airplane in Georgia.

Ben Epps was born in Oconee County in 18...
November 09, 1886

John B. Gordon

War can make or break a man. The Civil War made John Brown Gordon.

Born in Upson County in 1832, he was managing his father’s coalmines in north...
October 13, 1885

Georgia Tech Founded

A Ramblin’ Wreck is more than just a snappy nickname for Georgia Tech. It speaks to the very reason the school was created in the first place.

To...

November 13, 1884

Georgia State Capitol Construction Begins

It was built to look like the United States Capitol and is now a national historic landmark.

Georgia’s capital moved from Milledgeville to Atlan...
February 24, 1883

Atlanta Journal First Published

It was Atlanta’s most popular newspaper for almost 100 years.

The Atlanta Journal published its first edition in 1883 and the afternoon pap...
January 30, 1882

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York on this day in 1882, but perhaps no other president besides Jimmy Carter had such strong Georgia ties....
January 29, 1878

Walter F. George

The son of sharecroppers in Webster County became one of the longest serving U.S. senators in Georgia history.

Walter F. George graduated from Mer...
February 15, 1877

Thornwell Jacobs

General James Oglethorpe founded the colony of Georgia, but his grave had been lost in England until it was found by the man who also re-founded Oglethorpe Univ...

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