Atlanta in History

Georgia (US): Augusta, GA

Historical Events

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1864-05-06 Union Army General Sherman begins advance to Atlanta Georgia during the Atlanta Campaign (US Civil War)

  • 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)
  • 1864-05-26 Battle of Dallas, begins near Paulding County, Georgia (Atlanta Campaign), Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1864-06-27 Atlanta Campaign: Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia: Colonel Sherman makes unsuccessful frontal attack on Confederate defensive lin
  • 1864-07-05 Battle at Chattahoochee River, Georgia (Skirmish at Pace's Ferry) fought during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War
  • 1864-07-20 Battle of Peachtree Creek-Atlanta Campaign
  • 1864-07-22 Battle of Atlanta: General Sherman's Union side defeats Confederate troops under General Hood, with 8,449 Confederate and 3,641 US casualties

BattleBattle of Interest

1864-07-28 Battle of Atlanta, Georgia (Ezra Church) - second sortie US700 CS4642

Railroad Engineer and Union General Grenville M. Dodge
Railroad Engineer and Union General
Grenville M. Dodge
  • 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 Savannah Campaign (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 Mays, named president of Atlanta Board of Education
  • 1881-04-11 Spelman College founded as Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary in basement of Friendship Baptist Church, Atlanta
  • 1884-04-24 National Medical Association of Black physicians organizes in 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 the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine)
  • 1892-01-29 The Coca-Cola 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)

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1925-02-08 Marcus Garvey enters federal prison in Atlanta

Black Nationalist Marcus Garvey
Black Nationalist
Marcus Garvey
  • 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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1930-04-01 American golfer Bobby Jones starts his Grand Slam season by winning the Southeastern Open by 13 strokes over Horton Smith at the Forest Hills-Ricker Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones

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1932-05-04 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion

Gangster Al Capone
Al Capone
  • 1938-05-16 38 die in Terminal Hotel fire (Atlanta Ga)

Film release premierFilm Premier

1939-12-15 "Gone With the Wind", drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time)

  • 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
  • 1953-11-01 Herb Thomas, driving his own No. 92 Hudson Hornet wraps up the NASCAR Grand National Championship with 14th-place in 100-mile finale at Atlanta's Lakewood Speedway; Thomas first repeat champion of the series

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1957-01-12 Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC) founded with Martin Luther King Jr. as leader at Ebenezer Church in Atlanta

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 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
  • 1960-10-19 Martin Luther King Jr. arrested in Atlanta sit-in
  • 1961-05-26 Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee establishes in Atlanta
  • 1962-10-28 Jo Weatherly in a Pontiac finishes 2nd to Rex White in season-ending Dixie 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway to clinch his 1st of 2 consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships
  • 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 and 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, Georgia (CBN) begins broadcasting

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1971-08-01 Richard Petty wins the Dixie 500 in Atlanta, Georgia to become the first NASCAR driver to win $1m in career earnings

Auto Racer Richard Petty
Auto Racer
Richard Petty

Music releaseMusic Premiere

1972-01-27 World premiere of Scott Joplin's rediscovered opera "Treemonisha" at Morehouse College in Atlanta

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin

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1972-07-25 43rd MLB All Star Game, Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, GA: NL beats AL, 4-3; MVP: Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds, 2B

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • 1972-08-01 Nate Colbert hits MLB record tying 5 HRs and record 13 RBI as Padres beat Atlanta 9-0, 11-7 in a doubleheader
  • 1973-10-16 Maynard Jackson elected 1st black mayor of Atlanta

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1974-04-08 Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits 715th HR, off of L.A. Dodger Al Downing, breaking Babe Ruth's record in Atlanta

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron

Sport awardPGA Players Championship

1974-09-02 PGA Tournament Players Championship, Atlanta CC: Jack Nicklaus wins inaugural event; first of his 3 TPC titles, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up J. C. Snead

  • 1976-06-20 US Open Men's Golf, Atlanta AC: Tour rookie Jerry Pate wins his only major title, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Al Geiberger and Tom Weiskopf
  • 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

Music ConcertSex Pistols' Break Up

1978-01-05 Start of the Sex Pistols final tour in Atlanta, Georgia

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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  • 1978-08-11 Legionnaire's disease bacteria isolated in Atlanta
  • 1979-12-21 Garry Unger’s NHL record for consecutive games ends at 914, as his Atlanta Flames lose 5-1 to the St Louis Blues and he is benched by coach Al MacNeil; record eventually broken by Doug Jarvis (964)

  • 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 awardPGA Championship

1981-08-09 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Atlanta Athletic Club: Larry Nelson wins by 4 strokes from Fuzzy Zoeller

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, Georgia'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
  • 1985-11-03 Bill Elliott wins Atlanta Journal 500 at Atlanta Raceway to become first driver to win 11 super-speedway races in 1 season; also first driver to win $2m in prize money in a single season

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1986-06-13 Steve Garvey 1st ejection from a game, after Atlanta's triple-play

Baseball Player Steve Garvey
Baseball Player
Steve Garvey
  • 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-American team to win a Baseball World Series game; Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 5-4 at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium
  • 1992-10-20 1st Baseball World Series game is played outside United States; Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta Braves, 3-2 in Game 3 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario
  • 1992-10-22 Atlanta Braves become 1st American team to win a Baseball World Series game outside of United States; beat Toronto Blue Jays, 7-2 in Game 5 at SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario

Sport awardSuper Bowl

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

American Football Player Emmitt Smith
American Football Player
Emmitt Smith
  • 1995-09-03 Carolina Panthers lose their debut NFL game in overtime 23-20 to the Atlanta Falcons in front of 58,808 fans at the Georgia Dome
  • 1996-07-19 XXVI Summer Olympic Games open in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1996-07-27 Bomb explodes at Atlanta Olympic Park, 1 killed, 110 injured
  • 1996-07-27 Brazilian pair Jackie Silva and Sandra Pires win inaugural women's beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics

Famous Birthdays

  • 1878-01-01 Bobby Walthour Sr., American cyclist (motor-pacing World Championships gold 1904-05; Madison Square Garden 6-Day Race 1901, 03), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)
  • 1893-05-04 Royal Butler [Edwin Richey], American actor (Zenobia), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1973)
  • 1893-07-01 Walter Francis White, American civil rights activist who led the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1955)
  • 1898-04-14 Lee Tracy, American actor (Dinner at Eight, Martin Kane Private Eye), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1968)
  • 1898-05-01 Eugene R. Black, American President of World Bank (1953-62), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1992)
  • 1898-10-30 Bill Terry, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1989)
  • 1898-12-14 Frederick Douglass Hall, American composer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1982)
  • 1899-07-16 Eunice Hunton Carter, 1st African American female district attorney (NY), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1970)

Person of interestMargaret Mitchell

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

  • 1901-02-06 Ben Lyon, American actor (Hell's Angels, I Cover the Waterfront, Night Nurse), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1979)

Person of interestBobby Jones

1902-03-17 Bobby Jones Jr., American golfer, course designer (13 major titles, Grand Slam 1930), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1971)

Golfer Bobby Jones
Bobby Jones
  • 1907-08-18 Howard Swanson, American composer known for his settings of poems of Langston Hughes, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1909-08-04 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), born in Atlanta, Kansas (d. 1988)
  • 1909-08-16 Paul Smith Callaway, American organist, conductor and composer (Great Organ of Washington Cathedral), born in Atlanta, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • 1910-01-20 Abram Hill, African-American playwright & author (American Negro Theater), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1986)
  • 1910-05-02 Alexander Bonnyman Jr., U.S. Marine Corps officer, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1943)
  • 1910-05-08 Mary Lou Williams, American jazz pianist and composer (Zodiac Suite), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1981)
  • 1910-05-29 Ralph Metcalfe, American athlete, politician (Rep-D-Ill; joint world record 100m, Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1936), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1978)
  • 1913-05-03 Earl Blackwell, American society impresario (Celebrity Register), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1914-12-30 Bert Parks [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1918-06-14 LeRoy T. Walker, American sports executive (first black president US Olympic Committee 1992-96), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1918-09-15 Nipsey Russell, American comedian (Car 54, Where Are You?), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1919-10-03 John Boyd [Boyd Bradfield Upchurch], American sci-fi author (The Last Starship from Earth), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1920-01-20 DeForest Kelley, American actor (Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy-Star Trek), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1999)
  • 1921-04-11 Jim Hearn, American baseball player, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1998)
  • 1922-12-22 Calder Willingham, American novelist and scriptwriter, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1995)
  • 1923-02-02 James Dickey, American poet, novelist and lecturer (Deliverance, Buckdancer's Choice), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1997)

Person of interestLouise Suggs

1923-09-07 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 1923-10-13 Dorothy Bolden, American civil and women's rights activist, and founder of the National Domestic Worker's Union of America, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1925-07-11 Mattiwilda Dobbs, American soprano, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1926-04-12 Jane Withers, American actress, model, and singer (All Together Now, Josephine the plumber), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1927-08-26 Sam Massell, (Mayor-Atlanta)
  • 1927-10-25 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2017)
  • 1928-01-31 Chuck Willis, American rock vocalist (C C Rider), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1958)

Person of interestMartin Luther King Jr.

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.
  • 1931-10-08 Pepper Rodgers, American football coach (University of Kansas, UCLA, Georgia Tech; USFL: Memphis Showboats), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 1932-03-12 Andrew Young, US ambassador to UN (1977-79)/(Mayor-D-Atlanta)
  • 1933-08-15 Floyd Ashton, American singer (The Tams), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1933-09-11 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2002)
  • 1933-11-04 Mildred McDaniel, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2004)
  • 1933-11-06 Joseph Pope, American singer (Hey Girl Don't Bother Me), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1996)
  • 1933-12-10 Larry Morris, NFL Linebacker (NFL 1960s All-Decade Team), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1935-08-15 Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr, American civil rights activist (National Urban League), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1935-09-19 Thomas W. Ewing, American Republican politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois), born in Atlanta, Illinois
  • 1936-08-07 Charles Pope, American soul singer (Tams-Hey Girl Don't Bother Me), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2013)
  • 1937-03-20 Jerry Reed, American country music singer (When You're Hot, You're Hot) and actor (Bat 21, Smokey & the Bandit), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2008)
  • 1937-07-23 Dave Webster, American football player (led his football team to a National Championship in 1958), born in Atlanta, Texas (d. 2006)
  • 1938-03-23 Maynard Jackson, first African American mayor of Atlanta (d. 2003)
  • 1938-05-10 Maxim Shostakovich, Russian conductor (Atlanta Symphony), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Soviet Union
  • 1939-08-27 Edward Patten, American soul singer (Gladys Knight & the Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2005)
  • 1940-02-28 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1941-06-02 William Guest, American soul singer (Gladys Knight Show), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2015)
  • 1942-05-03 Dave Marash, American television journalist, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942-05-09 Tommy Roe, American pop-rock singer ("Sheila"; "Dizzy"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942-08-24 Max Cleland, American politician (U.S. Senator from Georgia, 1997-2003), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1942-09-04 Merald "Bubba" Knight, American singer (Gladys Knights & Pips), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1943-04-15 Hugh Thompson Jr., American Vietnam War veteran who played a major role in ending the 1968 My Lai massacre, born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2006)
  • 1943-07-19 Roy D. Bridges Jr, American pilot and astronaut (STS 51-F, 61-F), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944-02-10 Rufus Reid, American jazz double bassist composer, and educator, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944-04-10 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2018)
  • 1944-05-28 Gladys Knight, American singer known as the Empress of Soul (The Pips - "Midnight Train to Georgia"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944-12-11 Brenda Lee, American singer (I'm Sorry), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1944-12-25 Emory Gordy Jr., American musician & music producer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1945-01-05 Sam Wyche, American NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals 1984-91; Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1992-95; introduced no-huddle offence), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2020)
  • 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], American actress (Stuntman, Shy People), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1948-08-23 Ron Blomberg, American 1st baseman (NY Yankees) and 1st designated hitter, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1951-02-27 Lee Atwater, Republican National Committee Chairman (1989-91), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1951-07-31 Barry Van Dyke, actor (Battlestar Galactica, Diag Murder), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1952-03-01 Dave Barr, Canadian golfer (US Open 1985 runner-up), born in Kelowna, British Columbia
  • 1953-05-11 Boyd Gaines, American actor (Mark-One Day at a Time, Sure Thing), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1954-08-25 Marty Jourard, American keyboardist and vocalist (Motels-Only the Lonely), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1956-05-06 Tim Simpson, American golfer (4 PGA Tour titles, born in Atlanta, Georgia

Person of interestSpike Lee

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, American actor (Coy-Dukes of Hazzard), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1958-06-02 Lex Lugar [Larry Pfohl], wrestler (WWF/WCW/NWA), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1958-09-06 Jeff Foxworthy, American comedian (Jeff Foxworthy-The Jeff Foxworthy Show), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959-04-25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1959-09-24 Steve Whitmire, American voice actor and puppeteer (Kermit the Frog 1990-2016), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1959-11-21 Tim Wilkison, American tennis player (6 ATP tiles), born in Shelby, North Carolina
  • 1960-08-20 Sally Yates, American lawyer and Acting Attorney General (Jan 2017), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960-09-29 Wendy White, American tennis player, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1960-12-13 Richard Dent, American football defensive end (Philadelphia Eagles), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1961-03-01 Mike Rozier, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (Heisman Trophy 1983, Nebraska; Pro Bowl 1987, 88, Houston Oilers), born in Camden, New Jersey

Person of interestSteven Soderbergh

1963-01-14 Steven Soderbergh, American producer, director, writer (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 1963-03-28 Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963-04-09 Joe Scarborough, American television personality, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963-05-24 Horace Holden Jr., American slalom double canoe (Olympic 11th 1996), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1963-10-16 Missy Hyatt, wrestling manager (WCW, ECW), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964-01-14 Ernest Miller, American wrestler, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1964-10-19 Ty Pennington [Gary Tygert Burton], American television host (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965-01-09 Vincent Brown, American NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965-12-08 Troy Sadowski, American NFL tight end (Cin Bengals), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966-06-14 Rod Stephens, American NFL linebacker (Washington Redskins), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Person of interestMoises Alou

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

MLB Outfielder Moises Alou
MLB Outfielder
Moises Alou
  • 1966-08-03 Eric Esch, American boxer, born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966-08-07 Kristin Hersch, American singer and songwriter (Throwing Muses), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966-12-20 Chris Robinson, American rocker (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-03-24 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (with partner Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Famous Weddings

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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
Actress Halle Berry
Halle Berry
  • 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

  • 1864-07-22 William H. T. Walker, American Major General (Confederate Army), killed in action at 47 during the Atlanta Campaign
  • 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)