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

twentieth century

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October 15, 1991

Clarence Thomas Confirmation

He became only the second African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court—and one of its most controversial members.

Clarence Thomas was born...

November 28, 1987

R.E.M.

They were the quintessential college rock band of the 1980s, working in the town Rolling Stone called "the best college music scene in the country." Mich...
February 16, 1985

Phil Niekro

Knucksie won more games after age 40 than any pitcher in Major League history.

Phil Niekro, one of the most popular Atlanta Braves of all time, was ...
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...
November 04, 1979

Iranian Hostage Crisis

It was an international crisis that tarnished America’s global prestige and helped make Jimmy Carter a one-term president.

The Iranian Hostage C...
October 16, 1973

Maynard Jackson Elected

There were many firsts in his family.

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1938,Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr.  moved to Atlanta when he was 8.  His Georg...

November 07, 1972

Andrew Young

If there was a Mt. Rushmore for civil rights icons, Andrew Young would be on it. But his achievements go well beyond civil rights: Young has served as congre...
October 23, 1972

Cumberland Island

Its unmatched beauty has been around for millennia, but the largest of Georgia’s Barrier Islands only became a national seashore on this day in 1972.

October 29, 1971

Duane Allman

He was the leader of the band that helped spark the Southern rock movement of the 1970s.

Duane Allman was born in 1946 in Nashville and his family ...

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