June in Georgia History – Encyclopedia of New Georgia

A number of significant historical events occurred in Georgia during the month of June.



Major military engagements this month include the capture of Augusta from the British on June 5 by Elijah Clarke and others during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783).



In June 1863, during the Trade union blockade and coastal occupation of the Civil war (1861-1865), Confederate officer Josiah Tattnall lost the battleship Atlanta while trying to break the blockade. The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first African-American regiments in the Union, also attacked You’re welcome and caused the greatest wartime destruction of civilian property along the Georgian coast.


The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain took place on June 27, and that same month the USS water witch was captured by Confederate raiders in the waters south of Savannah.

Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

Courtesy of the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress


The Atlanta Constitution publishes its first issue.


Atlanta pharmacist John Stith Pemberton filed a patent for the formula now known as Coca-Cola. Almost 100 years later, in 1985, the Coca-Cola Company announced that it would bring back its original formula, known as “Classic Coke”, after a dismal experience with the “New Coke” formula.


Grady Hospital opened in Atlanta on June 1.



A soldiers’ house for Confederate Veterans opened in Atlanta on June 3 with funds provided by the Inman Family.

Confederate Soldiers' House


Robert Elliott Burns, author of I’m a fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang!, escaped from a chain gang in Campbell County (later Fulton County). His book helped bring national attention to the abuses within the Southern Range gangs, which had replaced the outlawed convict bail system.


Fannin County native “Fiddlin'” John Carson launched the country music recording industry when he recorded two songs for Okeh Records. In June 1925, his daughter, Moonshine Katemade his recording debut playing guitar on four of Carson’s songs.

Moonshine Kate and John Carson


The Garden Club of Georgia was established in Atlanta.


Delta Airlines, later based in Atlanta, began its first passenger service, from Dallas, Texas, to Jackson, Mississippi.

The Spirit of Delta
The Spirit of Delta

Reprinted with permission from Delta Air Lines


On June 30, more than 1,000 out of work workers marched on the Fulton County Courthouse, demanding the resumption of relief payments that had been suspended days earlier. The protest led to a citywide investigation into communist activity in Atlanta, which resulted in the arrest of activist Angelo Herndon.


Margaret Mitchell’s Iconic Novel carried away by the wind has been published.


The acclaimed novel by Columbus native Carson McCullers The heart is a lonely hunter has been published.



Weightlifter Paul Anderson, a native of Stephens County, he is believed to have lifted 6,270 pounds, becoming ‘the world’s strongest man’ according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Paul Anderson


A tragic plane crash at Orly Airport in Paris, France, killed 106 Atlanta residents, many of whom were important civic and cultural leaders in the city.


Grace Towns Hamilton became the first African-American woman elected to the Georgia General Assembly.

The National Football League assigned an expansion team to Atlanta, which became the Atlanta Falcons. The National Hockey League followed suit in 1997, with a team that became the Atlanta Thrashers.


The Richard B. Russell Library for Research and Policy Studies was dedicated at the University of Georgia in Athens.


MARTA opened its first rail line (the Eastern Line) in Atlanta, charging a fare of twenty-five cents.


Entrepreneurs Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus opened the first two Home Depot stores in Atlanta.


Ted Turner started CNN in Atlanta.



sea ​​island, a barrier island in Glynn County, hosted the G8 Summit of World Leaders.

G8 Summit on Sea Island


The city of Atlanta acquired a collection of papers belonging to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The collection, donated to King’s alma mater Morehouse College, is housed in the Atlanta University Center Archives.

June birthdays

June 17, 1703 John Wesley, founder of Methodism

June 5, 1750 John Twiggs, military leader

June 11, 1751 John Abbot, artist

June 20, 1773 Peter Early, Governor

June 24, 1820 Henry Rootes Jackson, military leader

June 28, 1824 WT Wofford, politician

June 15, 1826 Bill Arp, journalist

June 1, 1833 Lizzie Rutherford, founder of Confederate Memorial Day

June 10, 1835 Rebecca Latimer Felton, politician

June 1857 JW Golucke, architect

June 26, 1858 Alonzo Herndon, businessman

June 2, 1861 Isa-Beall Williams Neel, educator

June 6, 1861 Joseph M. Terrell, Governor

June 28, 1863 WC Bradley, businessman

June 2, 1868 John Hope, educator

June 21, 1874 Julian Harris, journalist

June 19, 1877 Charles Coburn, actor

June 11, 1880 Jeannette Rankin, politician and philanthropist

June 30, 1883 Dorothy Rogers Tilly, civil rights activist

June 3, 1887 Roland Hayes, musician

June 3, 1900 Brainard Cheney, writer

June 16, 1913 Jackson Lee Nesbitt, artist

June 22, 1916 Eugenia Price, writer

June 30, 1917 Susan Hayward, actress

June 30, 1917 Lena Horne, musician and actress

June 26, 1918 JB Fuqua, businessman

June 30, 1922 Denmark Groover, politician

June 5, 1924 John Amos, businessman

June 20, 1924 Chet Atkins, musician

June 26, 1926 Nat Peeples, athlete

June 18, 1927 George T. Heery, architect

June 17, 1928 Willard Nixon, athlete

June 2, 1931 William A. Connelly, military leader

June 3, 1931 Bert Lance, politician

June 7, 1935 Harry Crews, writer

June 14, 1936 Mary Frances Early, UGA’s first African-American graduate

June 3, 1942 Curtis Mayfield, musician

June 17, 1943 Newt Gingrich, politician

June 3, 1944 Edith McGuire, athlete

June 12, 1945 Cornelia Bailey, Geechee preservationist

June 27, 1947 Charlie Smith, writer

June 23, 1948 Clarence Thomas, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

June 13, 1955 Leah Ward Sears, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia

June 12, 1965 Gwen Torrence, athlete

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