Tennessee in History

Historical Events

  • 1760-08-07 Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
  • 1784-08-23 Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state & name it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejects it
  • 1796-06-01 Tennessee admitted as 16th US state
  • 1797-07-08 1st US senator (William Blount of Tennessee) expelled by impeachment

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1809-10-11 Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand.

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis
  • 1838-01-26 Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
  • 1847-07-29 Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States
  • 1861-02-09 Tennessee votes against secession (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-06 Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
  • 1861-06-08 American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.
  • 1861-06-24 Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union
  • 1861-07-01 US War Dept decrees that Kansas and Tennessee are to be canvassed for volunteers

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1862-02-06 General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1862-02-06 American Civil Was; naval engagement on Tennessee River-USS Conestago vs CSS Appleton Belle
  • 1862-02-15 Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 1862-04-06 Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee
  • 1862-06-04 Confederates evacuate Fort Pillow, Tennessee
  • 1862-07-13 Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Forrest's Raid) US895 CS150 (US Civil War)
  • 1862-08-30 Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • 1862-09-25 Skirmish at Davis' Bridge, Tennessee
  • 1862-10-22 Confederate troops reconquer Cumperland Gap, Tennessee
  • 1862-11-20 Confederate armies of Mississippi and Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee, under General Braxton Bragg
  • 1862-12-17 General Ulysses S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
  • 1862-12-18 Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
  • 1862-12-31 Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee
  • 1863-02-24 Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
  • 1863-03-25 Skirmish at Brentwood Tennessee
  • 1863-08-08 American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. Celebrated as a holiday by Tennessee African Americans (early 20th century)
  • 1863-08-09 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek, Tennessee - Union troops attack Confederate scouts
  • 1863-09-08 -10] Federal troops reconquer the Cumperland Gap, Tennessee
  • 1863-10-10 Skirmish at Blue Springs, Tennessee (166 casualties)
  • 1863-10-11 Skirmish at Rheatown/Henderson's Mill, Tennessee
  • 1863-10-13 Skirmish at Blountsville, Tennessee (50 casualties)

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1863-11-14 Nathan Bedford Forrest is assigned to command of West Tennessee

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • 1863-11-24 Battle of Chattanooga, Columbia & Lookout Mt begins in Tennessee
  • 1863-11-25 Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1863-12-14 Battle of Bean's Station-Confederacy repulses Union in Tennessee
  • 1863-12-15 Skirmish at Bean's Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)
  • 1863-12-16 Braxton Bragg is replaced by Joseph E. Johnston as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee
  • 1864-01-16 Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee
  • 1864-02-22 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Battle of Dug Hill), Tennessee
  • 1864-08-21 Major Gen Nathan B Forrests assault on Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1864-09-18 Hood's Tennessee campaign begins (also called The Franklin–Nashville Campaign), American Civil War
  • 1864-11-04 Confederate assault on Johnsonville, Tennessee
  • 1864-11-30 Battle of Franklin Tennessee: Confederate attack fails, 7,700 casualities
  • 1865-02-22 Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
  • 1866-07-19 Tennessee is 1st to ratify 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights
  • 1866-07-24 Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union
  • 1869-02-20 Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • 1870-08-06 White conservatives capture the Tennessee legislature by suppressing the black vote
  • 1870-11-08 Democratic governor elected in Tennessee
  • 1874-08-26 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
  • 1880-01-21 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1886-09-14 George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee, patents typewriter ribbon
  • 1902-03-28 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville, Tennessee (state record)
  • 1912-06-19 Tennessee University opened as Tennessee A & L State College

1stFirst Supermarket

1916-09-06 1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1916-12-14 America's first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, TN
  • 1917-12-30 -32°F (-36°C) in Mountain City, Tennessee (state record)
  • 1925-03-13 Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
  • 1925-03-21 The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue, is passed prohibiting the teaching of evolution
  • 1925-03-23 Tennessee becomes 1st state to outlaw teaching theory of evolution
  • 1925-05-05 John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
  • 1925-07-24 John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial”, Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 & costs
  • 1927-01-15 The Tennessee Supreme Court overturns (on a technicality) John T Scopes' guilty verdict for teaching evolution — but the law itself remains in force
  • 1930-08-09 113°F (45°C) at Perryville, Tennessee (state record)

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1931-04-02 Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Baseball Player Lou Gehrig
Baseball Player
Lou Gehrig

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1933-05-18 Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1952-01-12 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
  • 1956-09-03 Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
  • 1960-04-01 Mabry Harper catches a 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
  • 1963-09-28 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1967-05-17 The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue prohibiting the teaching of evolution, is repealed after 42 years
  • 1967-05-18 Tennessee Governor Ellington approves the repeal of the Butler Act or "Monkey Law", upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial

MurderAssassination

1968-04-04 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1971-05-21 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1982-01-08 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • 1982-05-01 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
  • 1988-12-17 USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
  • 1991-03-23 20 Tornadoes kill 5 in Tennessee
  • 1995-09-11 Eastern Tennessee begins using new area code 423
  • 1996-06-29 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
  • 1999-01-04 1st BCS National Championship: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl
  • 2000-01-08 "Music City Miracle", with 16 seconds left in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game, the Tennessee Titans' Lorenzo Neal handed the ball to Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the width of the field to his teammate, Kevin Dyson, who in turn ran the length of the field down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown to defeat the Buffalo Bills 22-16
  • 2000-01-30 Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
  • 2006-04-02 Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
  • 2013-10-02 8 people are killed and 14 are injured after an accident involving an SUV, church bus, and tractor trailer in Jefferson County, Tennessee

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1745-09-23 John Sevier, Tennessee, indian fighter (Gov/Rep-Tn)

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1786-08-17 Davy Crockett, American frontiersman, adventurer and politician (Alamo), born in Greene County, Tennessee (d. 1836)

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett

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1801-07-05 David Farragut, American admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), born in Campbell's Station, Tennessee (d. 1870)

US Civil War Admiral David Farragut
US Civil War Admiral
David Farragut

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1804-01-08 George Childress, Lawyer, statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1841)

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress

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1821-07-13 Nathan Bedford Forrest, American slave trader, Confederate lieutenant general and KKK Grand Wizard, born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 1877)

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • 1836-09-10 Joseph Wheeler II, Maj Gen (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee)
  • 1873-08-06 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)

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1895-07-18 George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)

American Gangster George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
American Gangster
George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
  • 1898-12-05 Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
  • 1899-01-25 "Sleepy" John Estes, blues musician, born in Ripley, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1900-08-03 John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution
  • 1901-07-15 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, born in Tullahoma, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1902-03-03 Ruby Dandridge, actress (Father of the Bride), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1905-01-24 Dorothy Patten, American actress, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1905-03-27 Leroy Carr, blues singer-songwriter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 1913-03-02 Marjorie Weaver, Crossville Tennessee, actress (Young Mr Lincoln)
  • 1914-03-27 Snooky Lanson, singer (Your Hit Parade, 5 Star Jubilee), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1914-03-30 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician (Down & Out Blues), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1915-09-03 Memphis Slim, [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1915-11-30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1917-03-01 Dinah Shore, singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), born in Winchester, Tennessee
  • 1919-02-13 Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country vocalist/actor (pea picker)
  • 1919-10-03 James M. Buchanan, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, economist (Nobel Memorial 1986), (d. 2013)
  • 1920-02-22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)
  • 1920-06-02 Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)
  • 1920-10-09 Yusef Lateef, Chattanooga Tennessee, American Jazz Saxophonist and Flautist

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1923-04-22 Bettie Page, American Playboy pin-up model, born in Nashville, Tennessee

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • 1926-01-02 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1926-09-17 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1926-12-27 Jerome Courtland, actor (Tonka, Tharus), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1927-10-31 Anita Kerr, singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1927-11-08 Patti Page, [Clara Ann Fowler], Claremont Ok, singer (Tennessee Waltz), (d. 2012)

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 1928-09-28 Koko Taylor [Cora Walton], American blues singer known as the "Queen of the Blues", born in Millington, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 1929-01-17 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1929-02-04 Paul Burlison, rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1929-06-09 Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], rhythm and blues singer (My Song), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • 1930-03-02 John Cullum, actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1930-07-14 Polly Bergen, actress (Rhoda-Winds of War, Baby Talk), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1931-12-27 Scotty Moore, guitarist (for Elvis), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1932-10-11 Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes My Baby), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1932-12-28 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1933-11-15 Barbara Carson, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-03-25 Johnny Burnette, guitarist (Trains Kept A-Rollin, You're 16), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-09-25 John S Bull, astronaut, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-09-27 Barbara Howar, reporter (Wash Post, Entertainment Tonight), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1934-12-09 [Amos] Junior Wells, blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1935-11-27 Al Jackson Jr, drummer (Booker T & MGs-Chinese Checkers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-03-15 Donald K Sundquist, (Rep-R-Tennessee, 1983- )
  • 1936-04-29 Lane Smith, actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937-05-10 Jim Hickman, baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)

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1937-06-01 Morgan Freeman, Academy award winning actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1939-10-09 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)

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1939-11-26 Tina Turner, [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner
  • 1940-01-14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1941-02-13 Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee
  • 1941-09-26 Joe Bauer, rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1941-12-19 Maurice White, singer-songwriter (Earth, Wind & Fire), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1942-03-25 Aretha Franklin, Soul Sister #1/singer (Respect), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1942-11-26 Olivia Cole, actress (Roots, Szysznyk), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1943-09-23 Bob Clement, (Rep-D-Tennessee)
  • 1944-03-14 Clyde Lee, American NBA player, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944-04-16 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944-09-22 John Tanner, (Rep-D-Tennessee)
  • 1945-05-12 Linda Carlson, actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1947-02-04 Jeannie Wilson, actress (Simon & Simon, Stir Crazy), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1947-07-21 John J Duncan Jr, (Rep-R-Tennessee)
  • 1947-08-17 Gary Talley, rock guitarist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1947-12-08 Gregg Allman, guitarist/vocalist (Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1948-01-10 William Sanderson, actor (Larry-Newhart, Blade Runner), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1948-06-28 Kathy Bates, academy award winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Actress Kathy Bates
Actress
Kathy Bates
  • 1948-10-01 Ellen McIlwaine, blues singer (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949-02-04 Michael Beck, actor (Hans Helms-Holocaust), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1949-02-25 Ric Flair, American professional wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1949-08-23 Woody Paul, [Paul Chrisman], singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1950-01-23 Bill Cunningham, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-02-18 Cybill Shepherd, actress (Moonlighting, Last Picture Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-05-23 Linda Thompson, actress (Hee Haw), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-08-08 Willie Hall, American drummer (Blues Brothers Band), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1950-12-20 Alex Chilton, American singer-songwriter (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1950-12-28 Alex Chilton, rock guitarist/vocalist (Box Tops), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951-01-12 Chris Bell, rock guitarist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1951-01-26 Andy Hummell, rock bassist (Big Star), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1952-04-16 Bill Belichick, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1952-06-14 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1952-06-20 Larry Riley, actor (Harry-Stir Crazy, Knots Landing), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952-08-23 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952-08-24 Bob Corker, American politician (Senator from Tennessee), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1952-08-26 Michael Jeter, actor (The Fisher King), born in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1953-05-08 Billy Burnette, rock guitarist (Fleetwood Mac), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-06-12 Rocky Burnette, rock vocalist (Towing the Line), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-07-28 Steve Duncan, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1953-09-30 Deborah Allen, country singer (Jim Stafford Show), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1953-10-27 Michael Baker, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut (STS 43, 52, 68, 81), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1954-05-08 David Keith, actor (Back Roads, Firestarter), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954-06-28 Ava Barber, country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954-11-19 Gail Stanton playmate (Jun, 1978), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1955-05-24 Rosanne Cash, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder), born in Memphis, Tennessee

Country Singer Rosanne Cash
Country Singer
Rosanne Cash
  • 1955-06-10 Andrew Stevens, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1955-08-02 Jimmy Lowe, country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1957-02-13 Doris King, vocalist (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1806-08-12 Frontiersman Davy Crockett (20) weds Polly Finley in Tennessee

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett

HeartWedding of Interest

1827-05-17 US President Andrew Johnson (18) weds Eliza McCardle (16) in Warrenton, Tennessee

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson

HeartWedding of Interest

1943-02-15 Model Bettie Page (19) weds high school sweetheart Billy Neal in Gallatin, Tennessee

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-09-16 Country singer Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1992-04-11 Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee 1989 (Kimberly Payne)
  • 1996-12-07 Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.
  • 2000-03-10 Country singer Vince Gill (42) weds christian/pop singer Amy Grant (39) in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2003-11-17 Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • 2003-11-22 Singer Wynonna Judd (39) weds D. R. Roach (39) in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
  • 2004-01-01 Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 2005-05-07 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2006-03-25 Cowboy Crush singer Darla Perlozzi weds musician Timmy Lee Patterson at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • 2007-03-30 "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee
  • 2008-06-14 Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2009-11-14 "Kings of Leon" drummer Nate Followill (33) weds singer Jessie Baylin (25) at the Wolf Den Farm in Brentwood, Tennessee
  • 2010-04-03 "Love and Theft" country trio Eric Gunderson weds Emily Hagar (24) at sunset on the front porch of the historic Hazel Path mansion in Hendersonville, Tennessee
  • 2011-11-26 "The Sugarland" singer Jennifer Nettles (37) weds entrepreneur Justin Miller at a chapel nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
  • 2012-04-03 Paramore guitar player Josh Farro (22) weds Jenna Rice in Tennessee
  • 2012-04-14 "Lady Antebellum" singer Dave Haywood (29) weds executive with Warner Bros. Records Kelli Cashiola (30) in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2012-06-10 Country music singer Wynonna Judd (48) weds "Highway 101" drummer Cactus Moser in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
  • 2012-09-15 "The Black Keys" drummer Patrick Carney (32) weds Emily Ward in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2012-09-29 "Kings of Leon" bassist Jared Followill (25) weds model Martha Patterson (21) in Charlotte, Tennessee
  • 2013-06-08 TV personality Kristin Cavallari (26) weds Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (30) in Nasvhille, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

2013-10-20 Singer Kelly Clarkson (31) weds talent manager Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

  • 2013-10-24 Country music singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe (27) weds MLB pitcher John Danks (28) at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
  • 2014-06-12 The Band Perry singer Kimberly Perry weds Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (28) in Greeneville, Tennessee

Famous Deaths


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1875-07-31 Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), dies of a stroke at 66

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson

MurderAssassination

1968-04-04 Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • 1991-10-16 Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer (16 Tons), dies at 72
  • 1991-10-17 Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer, dies of liver disease at 72
  • 2016-06-28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61