Tennessee in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 108

  • 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
  • 1798-12-17 1st impeachment trial against a US senator (William Blount, Tennessee) begins
  • 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
  • 1862-01-17 -Jan 22nd) BBT Ft Henry, Tennessee by USS Lexington

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

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • 1862-02-06 American Civil War: Naval engagement on Tennessee River, USS Conestago vs CSS Appleton Belle
  • 1862-02-13 -Feb 16th) Siege of Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 1862-02-15 Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 1862-04-06 Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee
  • 1862-06-04 Confederates evacuate Fort Pillow, Tennessee
  • 1862-07-13 Battle of Murfreesboro, fought in Rutherford County, Tennessee begins (Forrest's Raid), Confederate victory (US Civil War)
  • 1862-08-30 Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
  • 1862-09-25 Skirmish at Davis' Bridge, Tennessee
  • 1862-10-05 Battle of Hatchie Bridge, Tennessee; confederate forces avoid capture by Union army
  • 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)
  • 1862-12-19 Skirmish at Jackson, Salem Church, Tennessee (80 casualties)
  • 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
  • 1863-11-17 -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, 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)

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1863-12-16 Braxton Bragg is replaced by Joseph E. Johnston as commander of the Confederate Army of Tennessee

American Military Officer Joseph E. Johnston
American Military Officer
Joseph E. Johnston
  • 1864-01-14 Battle of Cosby Creek, Tennessee
  • 1864-01-16 Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee

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1864-01-17 General longstreet's command ends heavy fighting at Dandridgem, Tennessee

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 1864-01-27 Battle of Fair Gardens, 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
  • 1864-12-15 Battle of Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1865-02-22 Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
  • 1866-01-09 Fisk University opens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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 in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1884-02-19 Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people
  • 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, Tennessee
  • 1917-12-30 -32°F (-36°C) in Mountain City, Tennessee (state record)
  • 1920-08-18 22 year old representative Harry T. Burn is deciding vote in Tennessee's and thus America's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women's suffrage after letter from his mother
  • 1925-03-13 Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
  • 1925-03-21 The Butler Act, a Tennessee statue, is enacted 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
  • 1925-07-21 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
  • 1946-12-23 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University as they suggested they may use a black player in their basketball game
  • 1948-12-11 WMC TV channel 5 in Memphis, Tennessee (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1952-01-12 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student

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1953-06-14 Elvis Presley graduates from L. C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1953-09-27 WHBQ TV channel 13 in Memphis, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-01-01 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-06-25 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-09-03 Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
  • 1957-10-21 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley opens in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1960-04-02 Mabry Harper catches a world record 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
  • 1980-10-09 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 214

  • 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, born in Greene County, Tennessee (d. 1836)

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett
  • 1800-08-22 William S. Harney, U.S. general, born in Madison, Tennessee (d. 1889)

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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
  • 1807-02-01 William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
  • 1813-10-09 John J. Pettus, American politician, Confederate governor (D-Miss, 1859-63), born in Wilson County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
  • 1816-03-29 James Gallant Spears, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee (d. 1869)
  • 1818-10-08 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1905)
  • 1819-08-06 Samuel Powhatan Carter, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Elizabethton, Tennessee (d. 1891)

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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
  • 1824-11-18 Isham Nicholas Hayne, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Dover, Tennessee (d. 1868)
  • 1825-10-11 Elkanah Brackin Greer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1877)
  • 1826-10-07 William Brimage Bate, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army) and 23rd Governor of Tennessee (1882-86)
  • 1830-07-29 Alvan Cullom Gillem, American Major General (Union Army), born in Gainesboro, Tennessee (d. 1875)
  • 1836-09-10 Joseph Wheeler II, Maj Gen (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee)
  • 1836-10-05 George Washington Gordon, American Brigadier0General (Confederate Army), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • 1873-08-06 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)
  • 1875-11-22 Elizabeth Patterson, American actress (I Love Lucy, Climax, Tall Story), born in Savannah, Tennessee (d. 1966)
  • 1880-08-10 Clarence Cameron White, American composer, born in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • 1887-09-19 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1887-12-13 Alvin York, American World War I soldier who led a famed attack on a German machine gun nest (Medal of Honor), born in Pall Mall, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1890-01-12 Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pastor and educator, born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1976)
  • 1890-08-15 Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian (oldest verified person in the world at the time of her death), born in Somerville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1892-10-10 Earle Dickson, American inventor (Band-Aid), born in Grandview, Tennessee (d. 1961)
  • 1895-07-09 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1975)

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

American Gangster George
American Gangster
George "Machine Gun" Kelly
  • 1896-08-21 Roark Bradford, American writer and humorist (Ol' Man Adan an' His Chillun), born in Lauderdale County, Tennessee (d. 1943)
  • 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)
  • 1899-11-21 Jobyna Ralston, American actress (For Heaven's Sake), born in South Pittsburg, Tennessee (d. 1967)
  • 1900-03-03 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1987)
  • 1900-08-03 John T Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution, born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1970)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1908-04-05 Grady Sutton, actor (Pruitts of South Hampton), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1912-02-04 James Craig, actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1912-10-25 Minnie Pearl [Sarah Ophelia Colley], American country comedienne (Grand Old Opry, Hee-Haw), born in Centerville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • 1913-03-02 Marjorie Weaver, Crossville Tennessee, actress (Young Mr Lincoln)
  • 1913-03-22 James Westerfield, actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1913-08-13 Anna Mae Winburn, African American band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Port Royal, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 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
  • 1917-10-25 Lee MacPhail, American baseball manager and league executive, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1919-02-13 Tennessee Ernie Ford, country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1919-08-30 Kitty Wells, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 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, American Jazz Saxophonist and Flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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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
  • 1923-06-21 John Compton, American actor (Shannon-D.A.'s Man), born in Lynchburg, Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1923-10-23 Frank Sutton, American actor (Sgt Carter-Gomer Pyle USMC), born in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • 1926-01-02 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1926-05-13 Dewey Philip "Daddy-O", American pioneering DJ, born in Crump, Tennessee (d. 1968)
  • 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
  • 1927-10-23 Sonny [William] Criss, American jazz musician (bebop, Jazz USA), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)
  • 1927-10-31 Anita Kerr, American singer composer and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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1927-11-08 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American singer (Tennessee Waltz), born in Claremore, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1929-06-29 Leigh Snowden [Martha Lee Estes], American actress (All That Heaven Allows), born in Covington, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 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)
  • 1932-04-09 Carl Perkins, singer/songwriter (Blue Suede Shoes), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 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
  • 1934-03-04 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Sellner in Mrs. Doubtfire, Greta the secretary in Liar Liar), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 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
  • 1934-09-27 Claude Jarman Jr, actor (Rio Grande, Inside Straight), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1934-12-04 Wink Martindale, TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1934-12-09 [Amos] Junior Wells, blues singer (In My Younger Days), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1935-08-25 Charles Wright, American poet (Black Zodiac), born in Pickwick Dam, 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
  • 1937-03-22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player, 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, American academy award winning actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1938-01-04 Louis Krebs Graham, PGA golfer (1975 US Open), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

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1938-11-24 Oscar Robertson [The Big O], NBA guard (Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Olympic gold 1960), born in Charlotte, Tennessee

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1939-09-02 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, 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)
  • 1940-10-08 Fred Cash, rocker (Impressions), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1941-01-14 C L "Gibby" Gilbert Jr, PGA golfer (1976 Danny Thomas), born in Chattanooga, 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
  • 2016-01-08 Singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2016-02-20 Paramore's lead vocalist Hayley Williams (27) weds New Found Glory's lead guitarist Chad Gilbert in Franklin, Tennessee
  • 2016-05-04 Country singer Randy Houser (39) weds Tatiana Starzynski in an intimate outdoor ceremony in Tennessee
  • 2017-05-06 Country music singer Josh Gracin (36) weds partner Katie Weir in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2017-05-13 Country music vocalist Dan Smyers (29) weds longtime love Abby Law in Nashville, Tennessee

Famous Deaths


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1809-10-11 Meriwether Lewis, American soldier, public administrator and explorer (Lewis & Clark Expedition), dies under mysterious circumstances at 35 along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis

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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.
  • 1991-10-17 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country singer (Sixteen Tons), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 2016-06-28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61