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October 13, 1885
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 9, 1886
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 northwest...
February 20, 1888
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...
September 3, 1888
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...
September 24, 1889
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...
March 1, 1890
When you help guide a city through a depression and then, later, guide it through the civil rights era...when you are responsible for Atlanta’s...
January 18, 1892
He was the large half of the duo that was widely considered the greatest comedy team in film history, always complaining, “This is another fine mess...
September 11, 1894
An ambulance driver, a lawyer and the first woman elected to Congress from Georgia -- all stops along the way for Helen Douglas Mankin. Mankin was...
November 16, 1894
The Civil Rights movement boasted many heroes; some, sadly, unsung. Thomas Brewer was born in Alabama in 1894, and earned a medical degree at Meharry...
November 30, 1894
He was Georgia’s Civil War governor who opposed almost every Confederate policy. Joseph Emerson Brown was born in South Carolina in 1821 and was...
October 8, 1895
It doesn't get around much anymore, but the Liberty Bell came to Atlanta on this date in 1895 for the Cotton States Exposition. It almost didn't. The...
October 30, 1897
Can you imagine Saturday afternoons in autumn without college football in Georgia? It almost happened. On this day in 1897, UGA player Richard Von...
November 2, 1897
He was one of the most powerful Americans of the 20th century and served in public office for more than half of it. Richard Brevard Russell, Jr.,...
December 12, 1897
She was one of the first prominent white Southerners to denounce segregation, and she was a controversial figure all her life. Lillian Smith was born...
February 1, 1898
She lived by two rules: love what you do and eat right. It clearly worked for Leila Denmark. At the age of 103, she was the oldest practicing...