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September 26, 1865
Three Georgians died on the Titanic. One of them was Archibald Butt. He was born in Augusta on this day in 1865. Archie Butt became a journalist for...
December 6, 1889
Coca-Cola is now a worldwide phenomenon, but the man responsible took over when the company was still struggling. Robert Woodruff was born in...
September 28, 1892
The rock of tradition versus the hard place of progress is an old Southern dilemma. John Donald Wade, born in Marshallville, knew it well. Wade’s...
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 8, 1900
She just wanted to be known as Mrs. John Marsh. Margaret Mitchell was her maiden name. Born in Atlanta in 1900, she lived away from the city only...
December 17, 1903
His novels captured the desperation of poverty in Georgia and seared that image into the American psyche. Erskine Caldwell was born in Coweta County...
January 4, 1905
You may not have known his name, but you couldn’t miss his voice, especially when he played a small cartoon bear -- and that was just one of over 150...
February 7, 1905
Before Vince Dooley became synonymous with Georgia football, there was Wally Butts. Known as the “Little Round Man,” Butts was born in Milledgeville...
November 11, 1908
He was one of only three people inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach. Robert Lee “Bobby” Dodd was a four-...
September 22, 1909
Lamar Dodd's paintings evoked "Georgia, Georgia, Georgia," according to one New York art critic. Born in Fairburn and raised in LaGrange, Dodd...
November 18, 1909
“Moon River,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Accentuate the Positive” -- Savannah native John Herndon Mercer wrote those songs and a thousand more like them,...
January 8, 1911
Her fame rested on one indelible performance: a slave who lacked the midwifery skills to help Melanie Hamilton. Thelma McQueen was born in Florida in...
December 21, 1911
He was known as the black Babe Ruth, and some consider him baseball’s all-time home run king. Josh Gibson was born in Buena Vista, Georgia, in 1911...
February 8, 1917
Two things stood between U.S. General William Sherman and Atlanta in the spring of 1864: Kennesaw Mountain and Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s...
February 19, 1917
She helped create the literary genre known as “Southern Gothic.” But more than anything else, Carson McCullers wrote with penetrating insight about...