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May 26, 1936
Long before the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville, Georgia has always kept an eye on Florida. Georgia founder James Oglethorpe...
July 9, 1936
Anyone who has ever taken a walk in the woods in north Georgia knows that the Chattahoochee National Forest is one of the state’s great treasures....
March 29, 1937
“Yes, I’m a real southern boy,” he told reporters. “I’ve got a red neck, white socks, and drink Blue Ribbon beer." Billy Carter was born in Plains in...
May 9, 1937
They were soul men long before the Blues Brothers. Florida native Samuel Moore and Georgian David Prater were gospel music veterans when they joined...
August 11, 1938
Sometimes even the best politicians can make big mistakes. President Franklin Roosevelt took a risk on this day in 1938 in Barnesville, Georgia....
November 19, 1938
Known affectionately as the “Mouth of the South, he created a TV and sports empire that dramatically altered the media landscape. Robert Edward “Ted...
January 24, 1939
He streaked to the top of the charts. Singer-songwriter Ray Stevens was born Harold Ray Ragsdale in Clarksdale, Georgia. He attended high school in...
March 24, 1939
The General was the famous train captured by Andrews' Raiders during the Civil War, and later made famous by Buster Keaton’s 1927 film, and the 1956...
December 15, 1939
It is still one of the most popular films ever made, and its romanticized view of the Old South became firmly established in the popular imagination....
February 28, 1940
Joseph Souter was born in Atlanta on this day in 1940. After meeting disc jockey Bill Lowery, he shortened his name to Joe South. He played in Lowery...
February 29, 1940
It was one of the most popular movies ever made and is forever linked to the state of Georgia.Gone With the Wind producer David O. Selznick had...
May 25, 1940
Here's something for Georgians to look forward to -- if you plan on being around 6,000 years from now. In 1936, a new phrase was born -- time capsule...
May 21, 1941
He holds the dubious distinction of having been thrown out of more ballgames than anyone in baseball history—but few managers ever won more games....
September 9, 1941
When the hit song, "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" went to number one on the charts in 1968, the artist who wrote and sang it had been dead for four...
November 26, 1941
It can fall on any day between November 22 and 28, depending on the year, but it hasn’t always been the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is...