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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 11, 1938

FDR's Controversial Speech in Barnesville

Sometimes even the best politicians can make big mistakes. President Franklin Roosevelt took a risk on this day in 1938 in Barnesville, Georgia. Giving a speec...
August 20, 1933

Georgians at Chicago World's Fair

On August 20, 1933, Governor Eugene Talmadge led 500 Georgians to Chicago's Second World's Fair, where it was Georgia Day.

The fair was officially k...
December 25, 1929

Fox Theatre Opens

It’s one of Georgia’s great architectural treasures, and it opened on Christmas day in 1929.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre on the corner of Peachtree...
June 18, 1927

George Heery

As was said of the great architect Christopher Wren, if you wish to know his legacy, look around you.

George Heery was born in Athens in 1927. After...
April 27, 1927

Coretta Scott King

She was the first woman and first African-American to lie in state at the Georgia State Capitol rotunda.

Coretta Scott was born in 1927 in Alabama an...
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...
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...
October 06, 1921

Joseph Lowery

Clashes with the Ku Klux Klan began Joseph Lowery's life long fight for equality.

The man who became one of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s chief lie...

August 13, 1921

Georgia Women Gain Vote

The women of Georgia finally got the right to vote on this day in 1921 when Governor Thomas Hardwick signed the act that made it official.

The suff...
August 04, 1919

Nellie Peters

Organize and reform was Mary Ellen Peters’ mantra long before unions adopted it.

Nellie Peters was born in Atlanta in 1851. After her husband died...

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