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

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December 04, 1982

Herschel Walker

There have been a lot of great Georgia Bulldogs, but very few who needed only one name: Herschel.

Herschel Junior Walker was born in Wrightsville in...
January 13, 1982

Hank Aaron

He was 14 when he saw Jackie Robinson play, and knew he wanted to play major league baseball. There were few better.

Henry Louis Aaron was born in M...
July 25, 1972

Atlanta Hosts Baseball’s All-Star Game

Baseball fans, how about this for an outfield trio? Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Willie Stargell. That’s who started for the National League in the first All...
October 26, 1971

Muhammad Ali

He would box, but he would not fight.

At the height of the Vietnam War in 1967, Muhammad Ali was drafted. Declaring himself a conscientious object...
August 09, 1967

Deion Sanders

One of the most gifted and versatile athletes in Georgia sports history was born on this day in Fort Myers, Fla.

Former Atlanta Brave and Atlanta Fa...
April 14, 1966

Greg Maddux

His teammates called him “Mad Dog” or “Professor.” We can’t say what opposing batters called him. He was unhittable, one of the best pitchers in Majo...
April 15, 1964

Atlanta Fulton County Stadium

Build it and they will come.

Atlanta Stadium was the city’s field of dreams, the brainchild of Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., who promised in his 1961 may...
July 24, 1962

Kevin Butler

The Butler did it: a familiar phrase when Kevin Butler was kicking footballs.

Butler was born in Savannah in 1962 and attended Redan High School in ...
August 23, 1961

Desegregation in Atlanta

When four African Americans came to Atlanta's Bitsy Grant Tennis Center on this day in 1961, they found a sign waiting for them: closed for repairs.

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July 31, 1960

Atlanta Motor Speedway

For those who like making continuous left-hand turns, it’s the place to be. One of the oldest stops on the NASCAR circuit, the Atlanta Motor Speedway, held i...

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