This Day in History

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6:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

This Day in History: Baker vs. Carr Ends Georgia's County Unit System

Campaign flyer for gubernatorial candidate Carl Sanders
Credit georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu

Today is March 26th.  if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 52 years to this date in 1962, we'd witness the United States Supreme Court's decision in Baker vs. Carr--a ruling that led to significant changes in state election laws.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the decision and its ramifications for Georgia politics with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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6:39 am
Wed February 26, 2014

This Day in History: Atlantan Wins World Middleweight Championship

Tiger Flowers
Credit www.georgiaencyclopedia.org

Today is February 26th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 88 years to this date in 1926, we'd witness residents--both black and white--celebrating the news that Tiger Flowers had just won the World Middleweight Boxing Championship:  the first African American to win a world boxing title in 18 years.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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6:39 am
Thu December 5, 2013

This Day in History: Winecoff Hotel Fire Claims 119

Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of a woman leaping from the burning Winecoff Hotel
Credit Arnold Hardy / Associated Press

This Saturday is December 7th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 67 years to this date in 1946, we'd be witness to a massive fire engulfing one of our city's luxury hotels.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the tragic event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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6:39 am
Thu November 7, 2013

This Day in History: Atlanta's Golf Courses Desegregated

The Holmes Family
Credit African American Registry

Today is November 7th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 58 years to this date in 1955, we'd witness the desegregation of Atlanta's public golf courses.  

Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the events that led to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling with WABE's Steve Goss.

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6:39 am
Mon October 14, 2013

This Day in History: Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1964
Credit Associated Press

Today is October 14th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 49 years to this date in 1964, we'd be  witness to the news that the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...

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6:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

This Day in History: Alonzo Herndon Establishes Atlanta Mutual Life Association

Alonzo Herndon

Today is September 6th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 108 years to this date in 1905, we'd witness the establishment of the Atlanta Mutual Life Association--an insurance organization created to serve the needs of the African American community.  

It was founded by former slave Alonzo Herndon.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn shares Herndon's story with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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6:39 am
Fri August 2, 2013

This Day in History: The Varsity Opens for Business

The Varsity Drive-In, Atlanta
Credit courtneystruth.wordpress.com

Today is August 2nd.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 85 years to this date in 1928, we'd find a new eatery opening up in town.  In the years since the first burger was flipped, The Varsity on North Avenue has become one of Atlanta's most endearing landmarks.

Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn serves up the story of the iconic restaurant to WABE's Steve Goss.

  

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6:39 am
Mon July 1, 2013

This Day in History: The 'Neighborhood Union' Created to Serve the African American Community

Lugenia Burns Hope

If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 105 years to July 8, 1908, we'd witness the debut of a new organization dedicated to serving the needs of the African American community.  

The 'Neighborhood Union' was founded by renowned social reformer Lugenia Burns Hope .   Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE' Steve Goss.

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6:39 am
Thu June 20, 2013

This Day in History: The 'Miracle on Peachtree'

Gay Pride Day Celebration, Atlanta, June 23, 1991
Credit Atlanta Journal-Constitution / Georgia State University Special Collections

If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 22 years to June 23, 1991, we'd find thousands of people participating in the 20th annual Gay Pride March.  

We'd also be witness to what became known as the 'Miracle of Peachtree'--where several midtown churches actively supported the marchers as they made their way along the route to Piedmont Park.  

Here, Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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6:39 am
Wed May 22, 2013

This Day in History: The Splash Heard 'Round the World

One of the larger rafts to float down the Chattahoochee.
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  As we approach the end of the month of May and the Memorial Day weekend, what if we could turn Atlanta's clock back 40 years or more to this time in the 1970s?  

We'd likely be witness to hundreds of thousands of people floating in and crowding along the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Here, Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn and WABE's Steve Goss revisit the days of the Ramblin' Raft Race.

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6:39 am
Fri April 5, 2013

This Day in History: Twisters Devastate Gainesville, Georgia

A view of Gainesville, Georgia following the April 6, 1936 tornado
Credit courtesy of Gary Doster

Tomorrow is April 6.  If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 77 years to this date in 1936, we'd be witness to massive destruction visited upon Gainesville from tornadoes spawned by a storm system that had swept across the South.  

Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the tragic event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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6:39 am
Wed February 20, 2013

This Day in History: Georgia Legislature Ratifies Women's Suffrage Amendment... in 1970!

Georgia Young People Suffrage Association parade float (pre1920)
Credit Courtesy of the Vanishing Georgia Collection

Today is Feb. 20, and if we were to turn Georgia's clock back to this date in 1970, we'd find the Georgia General Assembly voting in favor of ratifying the 19th Amendment -- more than 50 years after it had become law.

Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn talks with WABE's Steve Goss about the events that led to the passage and ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

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8:39 am
Fri February 1, 2013

This Day in History: General Oglethorpe Stakes a Claim at Yamacraw Bluff

General James Edward Oglethorpe

Today is February 1, and if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 280 years to this date in 1733, we'd find General James Edward Oglethorpe and a band of settlers from England landing at Yamacraw Bluff on the Savannah River.  

Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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8:39 am
Wed January 9, 2013

This Day in History: Ministers Initiate Boycott to Desegregate Atlanta's Buses

Reverend William Holmes Borders

Today is January 9, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 56 years to this date in 1957, we'd witness the beginning  of a movement to desegregate the city's public buses.  

Here, WABE's Steve Goss talks with Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn. 

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8:39 am
Wed December 5, 2012

This Day in History: Georgia Colleges Lose Their Accreditation

Walter D. Cocking

Today is December 5, and if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 71 years to this date in 1941, we'd find the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools announcing that it was withdrawing its accreditation for ten Georgia colleges.   

 Georgia State University associate professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn joins WABE's Steve Goss to talk about the so-called "Cocking Affair".

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8:39 am
Fri November 2, 2012

This Day in History: Out of Money, Atlanta Offers City Employees I-O-U's

Tomorrow is November 3rd, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 76 years to this date in 1936, we'd find the mayor and City Council passing a resolution authorizing payments to city workers with scrip.

Here, WABE's Steve Goss re-visits the occasion with Georgia State University associate professor of History, Dr. Clifford Kuhn.

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8:39 am
Thu October 11, 2012

This Day in History: MLK, Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District Created

Martin Luther King, Jr Birthplace

Yesterday was October 10, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 32 years to this date in 1980, we'd find the federal government establishing the Martin Luther King, Jr National Historic Site and Preservation District. 

Ten years earlier, Dr. King's tomb had been placed next to Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue.  

Here, WABE's Steve Goss talks to Georgia State University associate professor of history, Dr. Clifford Kuhn.

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12:19 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

This Day in History: Presbyterians Open School for Girls in Decatur

Rev. Frank H. Gaines, founder of Decatur Female Seminary

Today is September 24, and if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 123 years to this date in 1889, we'd find the doors opening to a new school for girls, just east of Atlanta. 

Here, WABE's Steve Goss talks with Georgia State University associate professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn about the origins of what was to become Agnes Scott College.

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8:39 am
Fri August 3, 2012

This Day in History: Ultra-Modern Shopping Center Debuts in Buckhead

photo courtesy of the Atlanta Time Machine

Today is August 3rd, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 53 years to this date in 1959, we'd find the ribbon being cut at "Lenox Square", a new and innovative shopping center in Buckhead.  

Here, Georgia State University associate professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the historic event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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8:39 am
Wed July 25, 2012

This Day in History: Four African-Americans Lynched in Walton County

photo courtesy of Laura Wexler

Today is July 25th, and if we were to turn Georgia's clock back 66 years to this date in 1946, we'd be witness to the last mass lynching in American history. 

In Walton County, two African-American couples were shot to death in a hail of bullets--after being dragged from an automobile as they were about to cross the Moore's Ford bridge.  

Here, Georgia State University historian Dr. Clifford Kuhn re-visits the event with WABE's Steve Goss.

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8:39 am
Mon June 18, 2012

This Day in History: Seven "Locomotive Chase" Conspirators Executed in Atlanta

James J. Andrews

Today is June 18, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 150 years to this date in 1862, we'd find seven captured "conspirators" being hanged for their role in a daring plot against Confederate forces.  

Here, WABE's Steve Goss talks with Georgia State University's Associate Professor of History, Dr. Clifford Kuhn.

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8:40 am
Thu May 17, 2012

This Day in History: Hundreds of Students March on State Capitol in Protest of Segregation

Credit Atlanta Student Movement Collection / Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center

  Today is May 17, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 52 years to this date in 1960, we'd find hundreds of students marching from the Atlanta University Center to the State Capitol in protest of racial segregation.  

Here, WABE's Steve Goss talks with Georgia State University associate professor of history Clifford Kuhn about a key event in Atlanta's civil rights movement.

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8:40 am
Fri March 30, 2012

This Day in History: Rosin Up the Bow, the Old-Time Fiddlers Are In Town!

Fiddlin' John Carson

Sunday is April 1st, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 99 years to that date in 1913, we'd find a whole lot of music being made downtown.  The first annual Georgia Old Time Fiddlers Convention was underway at the Municipal Auditorium.  

Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn re-visits the scene with WABE's Steve Goss.

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8:40 am
Fri March 23, 2012

This Day in History: Grady High School Hosts Hearings on School Desegregation

Grady High School, site of the March 23, 1960 Sibley Commission Hearing

Today is March 23rd, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 52 years to this date in 1960, we'd find hundreds of Atlantans voicing their opinion on school integration at Henry W. Grady High School. 

Following the "Brown vs. the Board of Education" decision in 1954 that declared segregation unconstitutional, Southern states--including Georgia--were coming under increased federal pressure to desegregate. 

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12:11 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

This Day in History: Atlanta Unveils New City Hall on Mitchell Street

courtesy of Jody Cook

Today is February 22nd, and if we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 82 years to this date in 1930, we'd find the ribbon being cut on a new City Hall. 

Here, Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn talks with WABE's Steve Goss about the evolution of the seat of Atlanta government.

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3:34 pm
Sun February 27, 2011

This Day in History: Atlanta Approved as Georgia's New Capital

Atlanta's original Kimball House

Here, WABE's Steve Goss talks with Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn.

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