This Day in History

Georgia Tech Opened Its Doors 127 Years Ago

Oct 8, 2015
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Oct. 8 is a big day in Georgia Tech’s history. On this day in 1888, Georgia Tech opened its doors to students, as long as they were OK with working toward the only degree the school offered at the time ─ a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree.

Upon it’s opening, classes were only offered from the School of Mechanical Engineering and its departments of chemistry, mathematics and English, according to Georgia Tech’s living history website.

By Jan. 1889, 129 students were enrolled in the mechanical engineering program.

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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...  

Tiger Flowers
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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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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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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.

Martin Luther King, Jr
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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...

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...  

The Varsity
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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.

  

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.

This Day in History: The 'Miracle on Peachtree'

Jun 20, 2013
Gay Pride Day Celebration, Atlanta, June 23, 1991
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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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  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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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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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.

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.

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. 

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".

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

An Appeal for Human Rights
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.

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.

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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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.

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