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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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 radio broadcast (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta)

Historic Event

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

Sports History

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

Historic Event

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

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

Film Premiere

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

Historic Event

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

Music History

1969-07-04 140,000 attend 2-day Atlanta Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia; performers include: Janis Joplin; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Led Zeppelin; Delaney and Bonnie; Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat; Joe Cocker; Chuck Berry; Spirit; and Johnny Winter

  • 1969-08-16 WATL TV channel 36 in Atlanta, GA begins broadcasting
  • 1969-09-30 Atlanta's 10th straight win, clinches NL West pennant

Music History

1970-07-03 Atlanta International Pop Festival opens, 200,000 attend over 3 days; performers include Allman Brothers; Grand Funk Railroad, Jimi Hendrix Experience; Richie Havens; Cat Mother & the All-Night Newsboys; B.B. King; Mott the Hoople; and John Sebastian

  • 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

Sports History

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

Music Premiere

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

Sports History

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

PGA 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
  • 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

PGA Championship

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

  • 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

Sports History

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

Sports History

1986-06-13 Los Angeles Dodger 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-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

Super Bowl

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

  • 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
  • 1996-07-28 Americans Karch Kiraly & Kent Steffes win inaugural beach volleyball gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics; Kiraly first to win gold in both indoor and beach events

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)

Bill Terry

1898-10-30 Bill Terry, American Baseball HOF first baseman (MLB All-Star 1933–35; World Series 1933; NL batting champion 1930; NY Giants) and manager (NY Giants 1932-41), 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)

Margaret 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)

Bobby Jones

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

  • 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)

Louise Suggs

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

  • 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)
  • 1927-08-26 Sam Massell, American politician (1st Jewish Mayor of Atlanta), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1927-10-25 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (The 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)

Martin 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)

  • 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 - "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy"), 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-American pianist and conductor, born in Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia)
  • 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 [Brenda Mae Tarpley], American pop and country singer ("I'm Sorry"; "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"), 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

Spike Lee

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

  • 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

Steven 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

Moises Alou

1966-07-03 Moisés Alou, American baseball outfielder (6 x MLB All Star; Silver Slugger Award 1994, 98; World Series 1997 Florida Marlins; Montreal Expos), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • 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 rock singer (Black Crowes - "Hard To Handle"), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-03-24 Richard Gillam, pairs skater (with partner Erin Moorad), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1967-06-26 Travis Fine, American actor (Ike McSwain-Young Riders), born in Atlanta, Georgia

Famous Weddings

James Longstreet

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

Bobby Jones

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

Wedding of Interest

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

  • 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 American 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
  • 1936-02-22 John Hope, American educator (President of Atlanta Baptist/Morehouse College,1906-36 and Atlanta University, 1929-36), 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)