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March 30, 1942
The Bell Bomber plant transformed Marietta—and helped the Allies win World War II. On this day in 1942, construction began on the Bell Aircraft...
April 8, 1942
The Nazis brought World War II to Georgia, when a German U-boat sank three ships off the coast in 1942. The state seemed an unlikely target; it had a...
August 24, 1942
A Georgia hero was born in Atlanta on this day in 1942. Joseph Maxwell Cleland -- “Max” -- grew up in Lithonia. While enrolled at Emory, Cleland...
October 4, 1942
Her most powerful weapon is her voice. It always has been. Bernice Johnson Reagon was born in Albany. The Baptist minister's daughter grew up...
January 31, 1944
Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, as we see in the story of former Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick. Born in Thomasville in 1872, Hardwick served in...
March 4, 1944
It suffered the highest casualty rate of any American forces in World War II. The Eighth Air Force was organized in Savannah in January 1942 as part...
May 28, 1944
She will forever be taking that midnight train to Georgia. Gladys Knight, the "Empress of Soul," was born in Atlanta in 1944. At age 7, she gained...
December 11, 1944
Her signature song was “I’m Sorry” but there was nothing sorry about the career of Brenda Lee…one of the first singers to be launched to stardom by...
April 12, 1945
Everyone remembered where they were when they heard the news: the president is dead. On this day in 1945, President Franklin Roosevelt died at the...
August 29, 1945
Wyomia Tyus was born to run. The Griffin native became the first athlete to win gold medals in the 100-yard dash in consecutive Olympics. As a 15–...
July 1, 1946
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -– the CDC -- is located in Atlanta thanks to a pest. During World War II, the Office of Malaria...
October 20, 1946
He would tell Yankee immigrants who found fault with the South: “Delta is ready when you are.” Lewis Grizzard was born in Fort Benning and grew up in...
December 7, 1946
The Titanic was supposed to be unsinkable and the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta was supposed to be 100 percent fireproof, so there was no need for fire...
December 31, 1946
World War II had a global impact and it transformed Georgia as well. Some 320,000 Georgians served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war, and...
March 11, 1948
He was Georgia’s 80th governor and the only one to win a Profile in Courage award. Roy Barnes was born in Mableton in 1948 and at age 26 won a seat...