Augusta, GA in History

Georgia (US): Atlanta

Historical Events

  • 1794-01-11 U.S. Marshal Robert Forsythe 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

  • 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)
  • 1829-01-30 Alfred Cummings, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1910)
  • 1916-09-05 Frank Yerby, American novelist (The Foxes of Harrow), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1991)
  • 1928-03-18 William R Boggs, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army) and chief of engineers, born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1911)
  • 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)
  • 1939-05-09 Jim Dent, PGA golfer (1989 MONY Syracuse Senior), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1952-04-23 Lionel Johnston, American actor (Sons & Daughters), born in Augusta, Georgia

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

WWF Wrestler Hulk Hogan
WWF Wrestler
Hulk Hogan

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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, 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 Hogan Mize, PGA golfer (1987 Masters), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1958-12-22 Lenny Von Dohlen, actor (Love Kills, Electric Dreams), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1960-11-25 Amy Grant, American gospel/rock singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1961-07-30 Laurence Fishburne, actor (Red Heat, School Daze), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1961-10-24 Susan Leigh Still, lt cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1962-02-23 Melinda Mays, playmate (Feb, 1983), born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1968-05-08 Franklin Langham, American professional golfer, born in Augusta, Georgia
  • 1972-03-13 Shea Olliff, Miss America-Georgia (1997), born in Augusta, Georgia