Atlanta in History

Georgia (US): Augusta, GA

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 103

  • 1864-05-01 Atlanta campaign, GA begins
  • 1864-05-05 Atlanta Campaign: 5 days fighting begins at Rocky Face Ridge
  • 1864-05-05 Campaign in Northern Georgia - Chattanooga GA to Atlanta GA

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1864-05-06 US Civil war: General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia

  • 1864-05-08 Atlanta Campaign: Severe fighting near Dalton
  • 1864-05-13 -16] Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca Georgia
  • 1864-05-16 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Resaca, ends (since May 13)
  • 1864-06-27 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain GA
  • 1864-07-20 Battle of Peachtree Creek-Atlanta Campaign
  • 1864-07-22 Battle of Atlanta-Hood attacks Sherman, 8,449 Confederate and 3,641 US soldiers die
  • 1864-07-28 Battle of Atlanta, Georgia (Ezra Church) - second sortie US700 CS4642
  • 1864-08-31 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Jonesboro Georgia, 1900 casualties
  • 1864-09-01 Skirmish at Hood evacuated confederates from Atlanta GA
  • 1864-09-02 Union General William T. Sherman captures and burns Atlanta during US Civil War
  • 1864-11-15 Union Major General Sherman leaves Atlanta on his "March to the Sea"
  • 1865-09-19 Atlanta University founded
  • 1879-01-02 Dr Benjamin E Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education
  • 1884-04-24 National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes (Atlanta)
  • 1885-10-13 The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is founded in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 1886-05-08 Jacob's Pharmacy in Atlanta sells first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)
  • 1889-01-15 The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia

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1895-09-18 Booker T. Washington delivers 'Atlanta Compromise' address

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • 1897-01-01 1st football game between black colleges-Atlanta U 10, Tuskegee 0
  • 1905-09-06 Atlanta Life Insurance Company forms
  • 1905-09-21 Atlanta Life Insurance Co forms
  • 1905-09-22 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia (10 blacks & 2 whites killed)
  • 1906-09-22 Race riot in Atlanta Georgia, kills 21
  • 1917-05-21 The Great Fire of Atlanta: at least 10,000 people were displaced, but there was only one fatality
  • 1922-03-15 1st southern radio station begins (WSB, Atlanta Georgia)
  • 1922-08-14 1st "old time" musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)
  • 1925-02-08 Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta
  • 1926-02-09 Teaching theory of evolution forbidden in Atlanta, Georgia schools
  • 1929-04-01 Morehouse College, Spellman College & Atlanta University affiliate

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1932-02-02 Al Capone sent to prison (Atlanta, Georgia)

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • 1932-05-04 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion
  • 1938-05-16 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)
  • 1939-12-15 "Gone With the Wind" premieres in Atlanta
  • 1946-12-07 Fire at Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, kills 119
  • 1948-09-29 WSB TV channel 2 in Atlanta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-08 WAGA TV channel 5 in Atlanta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1949-10-03 WERD, 1st black-owned radio station, opens in Atlanta
  • 1958-02-17 WETV (now WPBA) TV channel 30 in Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-05-23 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-08-07 Students stage kneel-in demonstrations in Atlanta churches

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1960-10-19 Martin Luther King Jr. arrested in Atlanta sit-in

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1961-05-26 Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta
  • 1964-03-05 Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen Jr, announces a baseball team is moving there
  • 1966-09-06 Race riot in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-09-01 WJRJ (WTCG, WTBS) TV channel 17 in Atlanta, GA (IND) begins
  • 1968-04-09 Martin Luther King Jr., buried in Atlanta
  • 1968-09-28 Atlanta Chiefs beat San Diego Toros 3-0 for NASL championship

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1969-07-04 140,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival featuring Led Zep & Janis Joplin

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin
  • 1969-08-16 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
  • 1969-09-30 Atlanta's 10th straight win, clinches NL West pennant
  • 1970-07-03 200,000 attend Atlanta Pop Festival
  • 1970-07-09 In Atlanta, Chief-No-ka-homa is joined by cousin Chief Round-the-Horn
  • 1971-06-06 WHAE (now WGNX) TV channel 46 in Atlanta, GA (CBN) begins broadcasting
  • 1972-07-25 43rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-3 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stad
  • 1973-10-16 Maynard Jackson elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta

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1974-04-08 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1976-06-20 76th US Golf Open: Jerry Pate shoots a 277 at Atlanta AC in Duluth Ga
  • 1976-07-11 In pre-game promo at Atlanta County Stadium, 34 couples wed at home plate followed by Championship Wrestling "Headlocks & Wedlocks"
  • 1976-12-17 Superstation WTBS in Atlanta went national
  • 1978-01-05 Start of the Sex Pistols final tour in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1978-08-11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • 1981-03-05 US government grants Atlanta $1 million to search for black boy murderer
  • 1981-07-17 Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta

Sport awardGolf Major

1981-08-09 63rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • 1981-10-27 Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, elected mayor of Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1982-01-11 Atlanta Ga's temperature goes below zero F
  • 1982-02-27 Wayne Williams found guilty of murdering 2 of 28 blacks in Atlanta
  • 1982-08-06 WQXI (Atlanta) is 1st to use Harris Corp AM stereo system
  • 1982-08-14 Atlanta snaps an 11-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Padres
  • 1986-06-13 Steve Garvey 1st ejection from a game, after Atlanta's triple-play
  • 1986-07-09 Atlanta's Dale Murphy doesn't play ending consecutive streak at 740
  • 1986-10-01 President Carter's presidential library/museum dedicated in Atlanta
  • 1988-03-15 Eugene Marino of Atlanta, appointed 1st African American archbishop
  • 1989-05-14 1st Tour de Trump bicycle race run (Atlanta)
  • 1990-07-29 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)
  • 1990-09-18 Atlanta is chosen to host 1996 (centennial) Summer Olympics
  • 1992-10-18 1st non-US team to win a World Series Game; Toronto 5, Atlanta 4
  • 1992-10-20 1st World Series game outside of US - Toronto beats Atlanta
  • 1992-10-22 Atlanta, becomes 1st US team to win a World Series game out of US
  • 1993-04-18 Trish Johnson wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship

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1994-01-30 Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13 in Atlanta Super Bowl MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1994-04-17 Val Skinner wins LPGA Atlanta Women's Golf Championship
  • 1995-09-03 Carolina Panthers lose their 1st NFL game (Atlanta-23 Carolina-20 OT)
  • 1996-07-19 26th Olympic Games opens in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1996-07-27 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • 1996-08-04 26th Olympic games closes at Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1996-10-24 Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium. Yanks win record 8th straight road post season win (with no loses)
  • 1997-03-27 "Young Man From Atlanta" opens at Longacre NYC for 85 performances
  • 1997-06-08 "Young Man From Atlanta" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 85 performances
  • 1997-06-17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 1997-06-25 NHL approves franchises in Nash, Atlanta, Columbus, & Minn-St Paul
  • 1998-10-14 Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • 2000-07-11 71st All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 6-3 at Turner Field, Atlanta
  • 2001-08-19 83rd PGA Championship: David Toms shoots a 265 at Atlanta Athletic Club
  • 2008-01-27 56th NHL All-Star Game: East beats West 8-7 at Atlanta, Georgia

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2008-10-12 Anna Kournikova and Andy Roddick defeat Martina Navratilova and Jesse Levine in a match for charity, raising over $400,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund

Tennis Player Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player
Anna Kournikova
Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick

Famous Birthdays

  • 1893-05-04 Royal Butler, [Edwin Richey], actor, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1893-07-01 Walter Francis White, Atlanta Georgia
  • 1898-04-14 Lee Tracy, actor (Martin Kane-Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1900-11-08 Margaret Mitchell, author (Gone With the Wind), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)

  • 1901-02-06 Ben Lyon, actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1902-03-17 Bobby Jones Jr, amateur golfer (Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1913-05-03 Earl Blackwell, author (Celebrity Register), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1914-12-30 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1918-06-04 LeRoy Walker, CEO (US Olympic Committee), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1918-06-14 Leroy T Walker, US Olympic consultant (1960, 68, 72), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1920-01-20 DeForest Kelley, actor (Dr McCoy-Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1920-10-13 Nipsey Russell, comedian (Car 54, Barefoot in the Park), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1923-02-02 James Dickey, poet/actor (Deliverance), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1923-09-07 Louise Suggs, American golfer (US Women's Open 1949, 1952) and co-founder of LPGA, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1925-07-11 Mattiwilda Dobbs, soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1927-08-26 Sam Massell, (Mayor-Atlanta)
  • 1927-10-25 Barbara Cook, stage singer/actress (Music Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1929-01-15 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1932-03-12 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • 1933-12-10 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1934-05-07 Ben Smith, PGA golfer (Ralphs Senior Classic-4th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1937-03-20 Jerry Reed, singer/actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1938-03-23 Maynard Jackson, first African American mayor of Atlanta (d. 2003)
  • 1938-05-10 Maxim Shostakovich, Leningrad Russia, conductor (Atlanta Symph)
  • 1939-08-02 Edward Pattern, singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1940-02-28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Games People Play), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1941-06-02 William Guest, singer (Gladys Knight Show), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d 2015)
  • 1942-05-09 Tommy Roe, rocker (Hooray for Hazel), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942-09-04 Merald "Bubba" Knight, singer (Gladys Knights & Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944-05-28 Gladys Knight, singer, leader of Pips (Last Train), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1945-10-26 Pat Conroy, American writer (The Great Santini, Prince of Tides), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1946-05-19 Diedre Lenihan, actress (Wendy-Needles & Pins), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1948-02-05 Barbara Hershey, [Herzstein], (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1951-07-31 Barry Van Dyke, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1952-03-01 David Allen Barr, Kelowna BC, PGA golfer (Atlanta Golf Classic)
  • 1953-05-11 Boyd Gaines, actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1957-03-20 Spike Lee [Shelton Jackson Lee], American film director (Mo Better Blues, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Director Spike Lee
Spike Lee
  • 1957-04-17 Byron Cherry, actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1958-06-02 Lex Lugar, [Larry Pfohl], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959-04-22 Nicky Le Roux, South Africa, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Champ-15th)
  • 1959-04-25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1959-11-21 Tim Wilkison, Shelby NC, tennis player (WCT Atlanta finals-1986)
  • 1960-09-29 Wendy White, tennis player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961-03-01 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • 1962-04-22 Denise Baldwin, LPGA golfer (1991 Futures Salisbury), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1962-04-27 Denise Baldwin, LPGA golfer (1991 Futures Salisbury Classic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963-01-14 Steven Soderbergh, American producer, director, writer (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963-05-24 Horace Holden Jr, slalom double canoe (Olympics-11th-96), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963-10-16 Missy Hyatt, wrestling manager (WCW, ECW), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964-10-19 Ty Pennington [Gary Tygert Burton], American television host (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965-05-06 Tim Simpson, Nike golfer (1985 Southern Open), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965-12-16 Page Dunlap, Harrisonburg VA, LPGA golfer (1994 Atlanta Women's-8th)

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1966-07-03 Moises Alou, MLB outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Atlanta, Georgia,

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 1966-12-20 Chris Robinson, rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-03-24 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (& Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-06-26 Travis Fine, actor (Ike McSwain-Young Riders), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1968-01-27 Tracy Lawrence, Atlanta Tx, country singer (Sticks & Stones)
  • 1968-07-14 John Maginnes, Nike golfer (1994 NIKE Texarkana Open-5th), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969-01-04 Lindsay Kennedy, actor (Jeb-Little House on the Prairie), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969-07-25 Andrea Wieland, field hockey goaltender (Olympics-96), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1970-01-31 Rachel Jean Marteen, playmate (Aug, 1995), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1971-03-01 Shepherd Clark, figure skater (1994, 97 Eastern Sr champ), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1973-07-29 Stephen Dorff, actor (I Know My Name is Steven), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1974-05-23 Kimber West, playmate (Feb 1997), born in Atlanta, Georgia

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1977-06-08 Kanye West, American rapper and record producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Rapper Kanye West
Kanye West
  • 1978-06-15 RoRo, [Romell Chapman], rapper (Another Bad Creation), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1979-01-10 Chris H E Smith, [Daddy Mack], rapper (Kris Kross-Warm it Up), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1990-09-10 Chandler Massey, actor (Days of our Lives), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1897-09-08 Confederate General James Longstreet (76) weds Helen Dortch (34) at the governor's mansion in Atlanta, Georgia

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

HeartWedding of Interest

1924-06-17 Golfer Bobby Jones (22) weds high school sweetheart Mary Rice Malone (22) in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones

HeartWedding of Interest

1992-12-31 MLB Outfielder David Justice (26) weds actress Halle Berry (26) in Atlanta, Georgia

MLB Outfielder David Justice
MLB Outfielder
David Justice
  • 1996-03-24 Former Atlanta mayor and UN ambassador Andrew Young (64) weds Carolyn Watson (49) in South Africa
  • 2000-09-02 "The Backstreet Boys" lead vocalist Brian Littrell (25) weds actress Leighanne Wallace (31) at Peachtree Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2005-01-08 Rapper and actor Nas (32) weds R&B singer Kelis (25) at Morningside Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2006-06-03 Pop band Hanson member Zac Hanson (20) weds Kate Tucker (22) at the Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2011-06-18 Reality TV Personality Toya Carter (27) weds "The Deal" TV host Mickey Wright in Atlanta
  • 2011-11-11 Actor and comedian Kenan Thompson (33) weds model Christina Evangeline at George Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 2013-06-22 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" actress NeNe Leakes (45) weds her ex-husband Gregg Leakes at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta

Famous Deaths

  • 1879-08-30 John B Hood, confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • 1936-02-20 John Hope, president of Atlanta University, dies at 67
  • 1990-07-20 Herbert Jenkins, Atlanta's longest serving police chief (b. 1907)
  • 2003-06-23 Maynard Jackson, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia (b. 1938)