Nashville in History

Tennessee: Knoxville, TN - Memphis

Historical Events

  • 1817-10-20 1st Mississippi "Showboat" leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
  • 1863-02-28 Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • 1864-09-18 Hood's Tennessee campaign begins (also called The Franklin–Nashville Campaign), American Civil War
  • 1864-12-15 Battle of Nashville, TN
  • 1864-12-16 Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 casualities
  • 1866-01-09 Fisk University opens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1898-04-22 1st Spanish-American War action: USS Nashville, takes enemy ship
  • 1918-07-09 101 killed & 171 injured in worst US train wreck, Nashville, Tenn
  • 1925-10-05 WSM-AM in Nashville Tenn begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-11-28 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville Tn
  • 1926-06-19 DeFord Bailey is 1st black to perform on Nashville's Grand Ole Opry
  • 1927-12-10 Grand Ole Opry makes its 1st radio broadcast, in Nashville, TN
  • 1928-09-28 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
  • 1941-03-01 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tenn
  • 1944-12-13 Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138
  • 1950-09-30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1951-05-10 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • 1953-11-29 WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1954-01-04 Elvis Presley records a 10 minute demo in Nashville

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1954-08-06 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956-01-20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
  • 1957-09-09 Nashville's new Hattie Cotton Elementary School dynamited
  • 1962-09-10 WDCN TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-08-05 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1974-03-16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville
  • 1983-03-07 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • 1983-11-03 Nashville Network begins on cable TV
  • 1991-12-04 Judds final concert (Nashville)
  • 1995-06-28 NJ Devils Stanley Cup Victory Party, admidst rumours they were moving to Nashville, goalie Chris Terreri holds up "Nashville? NO WAY!" sign
  • 1997-06-17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 1997-08-06 NHL Nashville Tenn names Barry Trotz as its 1st coach

Famous Birthdays

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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
  • 1873-08-06 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)
  • 1895-07-09 Cullen Landis, Nashville TN, actor (Soul of the Beast)
  • 1902-11-19 Trevor Bardette, Nashville AR, actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape)
  • 1905-03-27 Leroy Carr, blues singer-songwriter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 1912-02-04 James Craig, Nashville TN, actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops)
  • 1913-03-22 James Westerfield, Nashville TN, actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny)
  • 1919-08-30 Kitty Wells, Nashville Tn, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), (d. 2012)
  • 1920-02-22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)

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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
  • 1925-02-20 Robert Altman, director (The Player, M*A*S*H), born in Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1925-04-29 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1926-01-02 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1926-09-28 Jerry Clower, Amite County Miss, country comedian (Nashville on Road)
  • 1928-12-23 Buddy Harman, Country music drummer (Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1929-01-17 Grady Martin, country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), born in Chapel Hill, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1932-10-11 Dottie West, country singer (Here Comes My Baby), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1934-04-01 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 1934-09-27 Barbara Howar, reporter (Wash Post, Entertainment Tonight), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1934-09-27 Claude Jarman Jr, Nashville Tn, actor (Rio Grande, Inside Straight)
  • 1935-09-21 Henry Gibson, Germantown Pa, comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet)
  • 1938-01-04 Louis Krebs Graham, Nashville TN, PGA golfer (1975 US Open)
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, Nashville Tn, country singer/songwriter (Sunny)
  • 1940-01-14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader and politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1941-12-06 Helen Cornelius, Hannibal Mo, country singer (Nashville on the Road)
  • 1944-04-16 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944-05-01 Rita Coolidge, Nashville Tn, singer (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone)
  • 1946-11-20 Duane Allman, Nashville Tn, rock guitarist (Allman Brothers)
  • 1947-08-23 Rex Allen Jr, country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947-12-08 Gregg Allman, guitarist/vocalist (Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1948-10-01 Ellen McIlwaine, blues singer (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949-08-23 Woody Paul, [Paul Chrisman], singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1951-04-03 Gwen Welles, US actress (Desert Hearts, Nashville)
  • 1951-12-10 Johnny Rodriquez, US, actor (Nashville Girl, La Bamba Party)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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
  • 1952-10-28 Annie Potts, Nashville TN, actress (Mary Jo-Designing Women)
  • 1955-05-05 Robert Feld, Nashville Tn, National Scrabble Champion (1990)
  • 1955-08-02 Jimmy Lowe, country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1955-09-26 Carlene Carter, Nashville Tn, country singer (I Fell in Love)
  • 1955-10-03 [Douglas] Allen Woody, bassist (Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1957-02-13 Doris King, vocalist (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1957-03-15 Park Overall, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958-06-20 Chuck Wagner, Nashville Tn, actor (Automan)
  • 1958-08-03 Cindy Nixon, singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1959-06-27 Lorrie Morgan, Nashville Tn, country singer (Out of Your Shoes)
  • 1961-09-23 Phyllis Hines, Nashville TN, cyclist (Olympics-96)
  • 1967-06-24 Jeff Cease, guitarist (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1972-08-05 Arthur Reid, pairs skater (& Jennifer Darst), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974-10-29 R A Dickey, baseball pitcher (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1979-08-21 Ashley Whitney, Nashville TN, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics-96)

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1992-11-23 Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer (Hannah Montana, The Climb), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Actress/Singer Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

1857-12-30 Confederate army cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby

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
  • 1996-11-16 "What Part of No" country singer Lorrie Morgan (37) weds singer Jon Randall (29) in Nashville
  • 2000-03-10 Country singer Vince Gill (42) weds christian/pop singer Amy Grant (39) in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2005-05-07 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2008-12-06 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-07-10 Actress and fourth season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood (29) weds Nashville Predators ice hockey player Mike Fisher (32) at Ritz Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia

  • 2012-04-14 "Lady Antebellum" singer Dave Haywood (29) weds executive with Warner Bros. Records Kelli Cashiola (30) in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2012-09-15 "The Black Keys" drummer Patrick Carney (32) weds Emily Ward in Nashville, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

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1849-06-15 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (1845-1849), dies in Nashville Tenn at 53

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk

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1973-06-04 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • 1993-10-13 Gwen Wells, actress (Nashville), dies of cancer at 42
  • 1997-12-31 Floyd Cramer, pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2001-12-03 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72
  • 2008-04-12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • 2015-06-11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81