Augusta, GA in History

Georgia (US): Atlanta

Historical Events

  • 1794-01-11 U.S. Marshal Robert Forsyth is killed in Augusta, Georgia, trying to serve court papers, first US marshal to die carrying out his duties
  • 1861-01-25 Arsenal Augustaseized by Confederacy in Georgia (US Civil War)
  • 1867-02-14 Morehouse College organizes (Augusta Georgia)
  • 1953-11-23 WJBF TV channel 6 in Augusta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-02-15 WRDW TV channel 12 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-12-24 WATU (now WAGT) TV channel 26 in Augusta, GA (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1970-05-12 Race riots in Augusta Georgia; 6 blacks killed (5 by cops)
  • 1981-10-28 Edward M McIntrye elected 1st black mayor of Augusta Georgia

Famous Birthdays

  • 1816-11-26 William H. T. Walker, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1864)
  • 1821-01-15 Lafayette McLaws, United States Army officer and Confederate general, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1897)
  • 1824-06-08 William Montgomery Gardner, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1901)
  • 1825-07-28 William Duncan Smith, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1862)
  • 1827-11-19 Isaac M. St. John, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1880)
  • 1829-01-30 Alfred Cummings, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1910)
  • 1829-03-18 William R Boggs, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and chief of engineers, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1911)
  • 1836-09-10 Joseph Wheeler, American Major General (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1906)
  • 1870-07-27 Henry Lincoln "Linc" Johnson, American attorney and politician, remembered as one of the most prominent early 20th century African-American Republicans, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1925)
  • 1916-09-05 Frank Yerby, American novelist (The Foxes of Harrow), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1930-05-15 Jasper Johns, painter/sculptor (Green Target), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1932-10-08 Pete Drake, American pedal steel guitarist and producer, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1988)
  • 1943-07-04 Emerson Boozer, College Hall of Fame and NFL running back (NY Jets 1966-75), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1945-09-15 Jessye Norman, American opera singer (Carmen), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2019)
  • 1952-04-23 Lionel Johnston, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in Augusta, Georgia

Person of interestHulk Hogan

1953-08-11 Hulk Hogan, [Terry Bollea], WWF heavyweight champion (1984-89), born in Augusta, Georgia

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

Person of interestBen Bernanke

1953-12-13 Ben Bernanke, American economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve (2006-14), born in Augusta, Georgia

Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke
Economist and Chairman of the Federal Reserve
Ben Bernanke
  • 1954-06-15 Terri Gibbs, blind singer (Somebody's Knockin'), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1956-05-04 Sharon Jones, American soul singer (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1957-08-06 Faith Prince, Broadway actress (Guys & Dolls, Carousel), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958-09-23 Larry Mize, American golfer (US Masters 1987), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958-12-22 Lenny Von Dohlen, American actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1960-11-25 Amy Grant, American gospel and rock singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby), born in Augusta, Georgia

Person of interestLaurence Fishburne

1961-07-30 Laurence Fishburne, American actor (The Matrix, CSI, Apocalypse Now), born in Augusta, Georgia

  • 1961-10-24 Susan Kilrain [Still], USN commander and astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1965-07-04 Harvey Grant, American NBA forward (Trail Blazers, Orlando Magic, Wizards), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1967-04-16 Charles Evans, American NFL running back (Minnesota Vikings), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1971-12-20 Jerry Ellison, American NFL running back (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1979-06-20 Charles Howell III, American golfer (3 PGA Tour titles, Rookie of the Year 2001), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1981-01-30 Josh Kelley, American musician, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1982-10-24 Macay McBride, American baseball player, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1987-09-19 Danielle Panabaker, American actress (Stuck in the Suburbs), born in Augusta, Georgia