Today in Tennessee History

Tennessee: Knoxville, TN - Memphis - Nashville

Historical Events

Events 1 - 85 of 85

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
1809-10-11 - Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand.
1838-01-26 - Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether LewisSoldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis 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 - War Dept decrees that Kansas and Tennessee are to be canvassed for volunteers
1862-02-06 - General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee
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
US President & Union General Ulysses S. GrantUS President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant 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)
Confederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford ForrestConfederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest 1863-11-14 - Nathan Bedford Forrest is assigned to command of West Tennessee
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)
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 suppresed black vote & captured Tennessee legislature
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
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1916-09-06 - 1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John HeismanFootball, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman 1916-10-07 - Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, the most lopsided score in the history of college football
1917-12-30 - -32°F (-36°C) in Mountain City, Tennessee (state record)
1920-08-18 - US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage
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)
Baseball Player Lou GehrigBaseball Player Lou Gehrig 1931-04-02 - Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1933-05-18 - Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams
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
1968-04-04 - US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and 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
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

Birthdays 1 - 88 of 88

1745-09-23 - John Sevier, Tennessee, indian fighter (Gov/Rep-Tn)
1786-08-17 - Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)
1801-07-05 - David Farragut, Campbell's Station, Tennessee, US Admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!")
1804-01-08 - George Childress, Lawyer, statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1841)
1821-07-13 - Nathan Bedford Forrest, Chapel Hill Tennessee, slave trader/Confed lt-gen/KKK Grand Wizard, (d. 1877)
1836-09-10 - Joseph Wheeler II, Maj Gen (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee)
American Gangster George 'Machine Gun' KellyAmerican Gangster George 'Machine Gun' Kelly (1895-07-18) 1895-07-18 - George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], American gangster, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1954)
1898-12-05 - Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
1900-08-03 - John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution
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)
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 [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
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)
1920-06-02 - Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)
1920-10-09 - Yusef Lateef, Chattanooga Tennessee, American Jazz Saxophonist and Flautist
Queen of Pinups Bettie PageQueen of Pinups Bettie Page (1923-04-22) 1923-04-22 - Bettie Page, Nashville Tennessee, American Playboy pin-up model
1927-10-31 - Anita Kerr, singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1927-11-08 - Patti Page, [Clara Ann Fowler], Claremont Ok, singer (Tennessee Waltz), (d. 2012)
1929-06-09 - Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], rhythm and blues singer (My Song), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1932-12-28 - Dorsey Burnette, rocker (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee
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
Singer Patti PageSinger Patti Page (1927-11-08) 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
1937-06-01 - Morgan Freeman, Academy award winning actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1939-11-26 - Tina Turner, [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee
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
Singer Tina TurnerSinger Tina Turner (1939-11-26) 1941-09-26 - Joe Bauer, rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1941-12-19 - Maurice White, rock vocalist (Earth, Wind & Fire-Spirit), born in Memphis, Tennessee
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)
1944-04-16 - Bob Montgomery, Nashville, Tennessee, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979)
1944-09-22 - John Tanner, (Rep-D-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
1948-01-10 - William Sanderson, actor (Larry-Newhart, Blade Runner), born in Memphis, Tennessee
Actress Kathy BatesActress Kathy Bates (1948-06-28) 1948-06-28 - Kathy Bates, academy award winning actress (Misery), born in Memphis, 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
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
1950-12-28 - 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
NFL Coach Bill BelichickNFL Coach Bill Belichick (1952-04-16) 1952-04-16 - Bill Belichick, Nashville Tennessee, American football coach (4 Super Bowls with New England Patriots)
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
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
1953-09-30 - 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
1954-11-19 - Gail Stanton playmate (Jun, 1978), born in Memphis, Tennessee
Country Singer Rosanne CashCountry Singer Rosanne Cash (1955-05-24) 1955-05-24 - Rosanne Cash, country singer (Seven Year Ache, I Wonder), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1955-06-10 - Andrew Stevens, actor (Seduction, Boys in Company C, Fury), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1957-03-15 - Park Overall, Nashville, Tennessee, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning)
1957-10-11 - Blair Cunningham, rock drummer (Haircut 100), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1964-10-02 - Sheila Echols, 4x100m runner (Olympic-gold-1988), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1965-03-04 - Dana Brown, Miss Tenn-America (1991-3rd), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1965-07-24 - Joe Oliver, catcher (Cin Reds), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1966-01-14 - Daniel J Schneider, actor (Dennis-Head of the Class), born in Memphis, Tennessee
Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie PresleyPrincess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (1968-02-01) 1968-02-01 - Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson, daughter of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee
1970-06-17 - Ron "Popeye" Jones, American NBA forward (Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors), born in Dresden, Tennessee
1971-02-19 - Becca Lee, Tennessee, Miss USA (Tenn-3rd-1996)
1971-04-12 - Shannen Doherty, actress (Little House, Bev Hills 90210), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1972-05-05 - Wendy Kaye, playmate (Jul, 1991), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1972-07-02 - Towanna Stone, Miss USA-Tennessee (1997, 3rd)
1972-07-18 - Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, NBA guard (Orlando, Oly-gold-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1972-11-02 - Jeni Stephens, Miss America-Tennessee (1997), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1976-08-26 - Carey Tally, soccer midfielder (Olympics-gold-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
Actress Shannen DohertyActress Shannen Doherty (1971-04-12) 1978-04-19 - Adrienne Parker, Miss Tennessee Teen USA (1996)
1978-05-03 - Christina Hendricks, American actress (Mad Men), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
1978-05-08 - Cindy Parlow, soccer forward (Olympics-96), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1978-09-18 - Shelly Moore, Miss Teen USA (Tennessee, 1997)
1981-01-31 - Justin Timberlake, singer-songwriter (Sexyback, My Love), born in Memphis, Tennessee
1986-05-16 - Megan Fox, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, American actress (Transformers) and model
1992-11-23 - Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer (Hannah Montana, The Climb), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 26 of 26

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy CrockettFrontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett (1806-08-12) 1806-08-12 - Frontiersman Davy Crockett (20) weds Polly Finley in Tennessee
1827-05-17 - US President Andrew Johnson (18) weds Eliza McCardle (16) in Warrenton, Tennessee
1943-02-15 - Model Bettie Page (19) weds high school sweetheart Billy Neal in Gallatin, Tennessee
1991-09-16 - Country singer Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee
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
Country Singer Willie NelsonCountry Singer Willie Nelson (1991-09-16) 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
Singer Kelly ClarksonSinger Kelly Clarkson (2013-10-20) 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

Deaths 1 - 4 of 4

17th US President Andrew Johnson17th US President Andrew Johnson (1875-07-31) 1875-07-31 - Andrew Johnson, 17th pres, dies in Tennessee at 66
1968-04-04 - Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39
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

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