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October 7, 1866
Martha Berry dedicated her life to education but had only one year of formal schooling herself.  Berry was born in Alabama and moved to Rome, Georgia...
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...
August 5, 1889
A childhood tragedy would haunt poet and author Conrad Aiken all of his life, and provide the psychological foundation for much of his writing....
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...
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 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.,...
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...
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...
July 6, 1901
It was easy to get Charles McCartney’s goat. Born in Iowa in 1901, McCartney got hurt working for the New Deal WPA in 1935. A religious awakening led...
March 13, 1902
In Gainesville, chickens rule the roost, thanks to a native son who made Gainesville the poultry capital of the world. Jesse Jewell was born in 1902...
August 26, 1903
The first Georgian to win the Pulitzer Prize in fiction was a woman who never went to college. Caroline Miller was born in Waycross and published her...
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...