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
  • 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

Historic Event

1845-06-10 Andrew Jackson's African Grey parrot "Poll" is removed from his funeral for swearing at The Hermitage, Tennessee. Funeral attendee William Menefee Norment recorded: "Before the sermon and while the crowd was gathering, a wicked parrot that was a household pet got excited and commenced swearing so loud and long as to disturb the people and had to be carried from the house”

  • 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 Department decrees that Kansas and Tennessee are to be canvassed for volunteers
  • 1862-01-17 -Jan 22nd) BBT Ft Henry, Tennessee by USS Lexington
  • 1862-02-06 American Civil War: Naval engagement on Tennessee River, USS Conestago vs CSS Appleton Belle

Victory in Battle

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

  • 1862-02-13 -Feb 16th) Siege of Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 1862-02-15 Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
  • 1862-03-15 General John Hunt Morgan begins 4 days of raids near Gallatin, Tennessee
  • 1862-04-06 Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy near Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee
  • 1862-04-14 Battle of Fort Pillow, Tennessee
  • 1862-05-10 Battle of Plum Run Bend, 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 (part of 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
  • 1863-04-10 Confederate General Earl Van Dorn attacks at Franklin, Tennessee
  • 1863-04-17 Grierson's raid begins as Colonel Grierson and 1700 horse troopers set off from La Grange, Tennessee
  • 1863-06-23 Tullahoma campaign, 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)
  • 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)

Appointment of Interest

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

  • 1864-01-14 Battle of Cosby Creek, Tennessee
  • 1864-01-16 Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee

Battle of Interest

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

  • 1864-01-27 Battle of Fair Gardens, Tennessee
  • 1864-02-22 Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Battle of Dug Hill), Tennessee
  • 1864-04-12 Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, Tennessee
  • 1864-08-21 Major General Nathan B. Forrest's assault on Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1864-09-18 Hood's Tennessee campaign begins (also called The Franklin–Nashville Campaign), American Civil War
  • 1864-10-28 Battle of Wauhatchie, Tennessee
  • 1864-11-04 Confederate assault on Johnsonville, Tennessee
  • 1864-11-30 Battle of Franklin, Tennessee: Confederate attack fails, 7,700 casualties
  • 1864-12-15 Battle of Nashville, Tennessee: Union forces under General George Thomas shatters General John Bell Hood's Confederate Army of Tennessee
  • 1865-02-22 Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
  • 1865-04-26 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders remaining forces to Union General William Sherman at Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina, ending the US Civil War
  • 1865-12-24 Several Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • 1866-01-09 Fisk University opens in Nashville, Tennessee

Historic Event

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

  • 1866-07-24 Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union
  • 1867-08-01 Blacks vote for 1st time in a US state election in the South (Tennessee)
  • 1868-07-09 Louisiana and South Carolina are the last states to ratify the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing civil rights
  • 1869-02-20 Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
  • 1874-08-26 16 blacks kidnapped from Gibson County Jail and lynched in Trenton, Tennessee
  • 1880-01-21 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1884-02-19 "Enigma Outbreak" of over 60 tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill hundreds, if not over a thousand (hence the "enigma") 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 is established (as the Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State Normal School for Negroes), in Nashville, Tennessee

First 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)
  • 1918-07-09 101 killed and 171 injured in worst US train wreck, Nashville, Tennessee

American Women Demand Their Rights

1920-08-18 State Representative Harry T. Burn (24) casts deciding vote in Tennessee's and thus America's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women's suffrage, after reading a letter from his mother

  • 1925-03-13 Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
  • 1925-03-21 Tennessee governor Austin Peay passes the "Butler Act," making Tennessee the 1st state to outlaw teaching the theory of evolution (repealed 1967)

Historic Event

1925-05-05 Dayton teacher 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” in Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 and costs
  • 1925-11-28 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1927-01-15 Tennessee Supreme Court overturns (on a technicality) John T. Scopes' guilty verdict for teaching evolution, but the law itself remains in force
  • 1927-12-10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1930-08-09 113°F (45°C) at Perryville, Tennessee (state record)

Baseball Record

1931-04-02 17-year old girl Jackie Mitchell strikes out New York Yankees stars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition baseball game at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Historic Event

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

  • 1941-03-01 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946-12-23 University of Tennessee refuses to play Duquesne University after 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
  • 1949-03-19 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1952-01-12 University of Tennessee admits its 1st black student, Gene Mitchell Gray, as a graduate student in chemistry
  • 1952-03-21 -22] Tornadoes in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky cause 343 deaths

Music History

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


Famous Birthdays

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

Davy Crockett

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

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

David Farragut

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

  • 1803-09-04 Sarah Childress Polk, Wife of the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk (1845-1849), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (d. 1891)

George Childress

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

  • 1806-06-08 Gideon Johnson Pillow, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Williamson County, Tennessee (d. 1878)
  • 1807-02-01 William Bowen Campbell, American politician and Civil War Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Sumner County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
  • 1811-11-11 Ben McCulloch, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee (d. 1862)
  • 1812-11-18 Jesse J. Finley, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lebanon, Tennessee (d. 1904)
  • 1813-10-09 John J. Pettus, American politician, Confederate governor (D-Miss, 1859-63), born in Wilson County, Tennessee (d. 1867)
  • 1815-08-19 John P. McCown, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1879)
  • 1816-03-29 James Gallant Spears, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bledsoe County, Tennessee (d. 1869)
  • 1816-11-04 William Polk Hardeman, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Williamson County, Tennessee (d. 1898)
  • 1816-12-06 Henry Eustace McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee (d. 1895)
  • 1818-03-11 John Wilkins Whitfield, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1879)
  • 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)
  • 1820-04-14 Harry T. Hays, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilson County, Tennessee (d. 1876)

Nathan Bedford Forrest

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

  • 1821-08-21 William Barksdale, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Smyrna, Tennessee (d. 1863)
  • 1821-10-02 Alexander P. Stewart, American Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), born in Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee (d. 1908)
  • 1824-05-08 William Walker, American physician and president of Nicaragua (1856-57), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1860)
  • 1824-06-20 John Tyler Morgan, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Athens, Tennessee (d. 1907)
  • 1824-11-18 Isham Nicholas Hayne, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Dover, Tennessee (d. 1868)
  • 1825-06-13 Benjamin J. Hill, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in McMinnville, Tennessee (d. 1880)
  • 1825-10-11 Elkanah Brackin Greer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1877)
  • 1825-11-01 Joseph B. Palmer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Rutherford County, Tennessee (d. 1890)
  • 1826-10-07 William Brimage Bate, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army) and 23rd Governor of Tennessee (1882-86)
  • 1827-01-06 John Calvin Brown, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Giles County, Tennessee (d. 1889)
  • 1827-01-06 John Wesley Frazer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hardin County, Tennessee (d. 1906)
  • 1828-06-04 Alexander William Campbell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1893)
  • 1828-07-03 John Austin Wharton, American lawyer and Major General (Confederate Army), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1865)
  • 1830-07-29 Alvan Cullom Gillem, American Major General (Union Army), born in Gainesboro, Tennessee (d. 1875)
  • 1831-06-05 Marcus Joseph Wright, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Purdy, Tennessee (d. 1922)
  • 1833-04-10 James Edward Rains, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1862)
  • 1834-10-28 Dudley M. DuBose, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1883)
  • 1835-10-01 William Hicks "Red" Jackson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Paris, Tennessee (d. 1903)
  • 1836-09-10 Joseph Wheeler, American Major General (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee), born in Augusta, Georgia (d. 1906)
  • 1836-10-05 George Washington Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • 1857-12-16 E. E. [Edward Emerson] Barnard, American astronomer (Jupiter's 5th satellite), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1923)
  • 1861-11-18 Dorothy Dix [Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer], American journalist and columnist, born in Woodstock, Tennessee (d. 1951)
  • 1864-01-05 Bob Caruthers, American baseball player, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1911)
  • 1869-11-25 Ben Lindsey, American judge and social reformer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1943)
  • 1870-12-12 Walter Benona Sharp, American oil tycoon, born in Tipton County, Tennessee (d. 1912)
  • 1871-10-02 Cordell Hull, American Secretary of State (1933-44) who established United Nation (Nobel 1945), born in Olympus, Tennessee (d. 1955)
  • 1873-08-06 John Wesley Work Jr., 1st African-American collector of folk songs and spirituals, born in Nashville, Tennessee (or 1871) (d. 1925)
  • 1873-08-06 Mary Carr Moore, American composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1957)
  • 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 concert violinist, and composer (Ouanga!), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 1960)
  • 1880-10-02 George Alexander Russell, American organist, composer and the first Frick Professor of Music for Princeton University, born in Franklin, Tennessee (d. 1953)
  • 1880-11-01 Grantland Rice, American sportswriter (New York Herald Tribune 1914-30, Colliers 1925-37), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (d. 1954)
  • 1882-01-06 Samuel Rayburn, American politician (Rep-D-Tx), born in Kingston, Tennessee (d. 1961)
  • 1883-03-04 Maude Fealy, American actor and drama coach (The Ten Commandments), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 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)
  • 1888-04-30 John Crowe Ransom, American poet and critic (God Without Thunder), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1888-12-09 Mabel Stark, American tiger trainer "crazy Mabel", born in Tennessee or Kentucky (d. 1968)
  • 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)
  • 1894-04-15 Bessie Smith, American blues singer known as the "Empress of the Blues" (recorded over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)

George "Machine Gun" Kelly

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

  • 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, American soprano and actress (One Night of Love), born in Slabtown, Tennessee (d. 1947)
  • 1899-01-25 "Sleepy" John Estes, American 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)
  • 1900-01-09 Richard Halliburton, American adventurer (presumed dead 1939), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 1939)

John T. Scopes

1900-08-03 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), born in Paducah, Kentucky (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)
  • 1903-05-26 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • 1904-01-12 "Mississippi" Fred McDowell, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Rossville, Tennessee (d. 1972)
  • 1905-01-24 Dorothy Patten, American actress, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1905-03-27 Leroy Carr, American blues piano player and singer-songwriter ("How Long, How Long Blues"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1935)
  • 1905-06-13 Aldophus "Doc" Cheatham, American jazz trumpeter, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1997)
  • 1905-07-09 Myles Horton, American educator and Civil Rights Movement teacher, born in Savannah, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • 1906-04-05 Grady Sutton, American actor (The Bank Dick; The Pruitts of Southhampton), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1909-08-05 Ernestine "Tiny" Davis, American jazz vocalist and trumpeter (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1909-11-27 James Agee, American author (African Queen, Death in Family), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1955)
  • 1911-06-11 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1911-09-19 Weldon Hart, American composer, born in Bear-Place Spring, Tennessee (d. 1957)
  • 1911-10-01 Herman Hickman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard, coach and broadcaster (Army, Yale), born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1958)
  • 1912-01-25 Lucius E. Burch Jr., American attorney, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • 1912-02-04 James Craig [Meador], American actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • 1912-04-20 Ed Jones, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee, born in Yorkville, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1912-04-25 Gladys Presley, mother of Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1958)
  • 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, American actress (Michael Shayne: Private Detective, Young Mr Lincoln), born in Crossville, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1913-03-22 James Westerfield, American actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1913-08-13 Anna Mae Winburn, African American singer and band leader of all female band (International Sweethearts of Rhythm), born in Port Royal, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1914-03-27 Snooky Lanson [Roy Landman], American singer (Your Hit Parade; 5 Star Jubilee), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1990)
  • 1914-03-30 Sonny Boy Williamson I [John Lee], American blues musician ("Down & Out Blues"), born in Madison County, Tennessee (d. 1948)
  • 1914-04-20 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1999)
  • 1914-06-19 Lester Flatt, American bluegrass guitarist (Flatt & Scruggs - "Ballad of Jed Clampett"; "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"), born in Duncan's Chapel, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1914-08-27 Catherine Marshall, American editor and writer, born in Johnson City, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1915-01-03 Sid Hudson, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1941, 42; Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox), born in Coalfield, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 1915-03-02 Lona Andre [Launa Anderson], American actress (Death in the Air, Case of Baby Sitter), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • 1915-09-03 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman], American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1915-11-18 Ken Burkhart, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals) and umpire, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1915-11-30 (Walter) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings

Davy Crockett

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

Andrew Johnson

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

Bettie Page

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

Willie Nelson

1991-09-16 American country singer-songwriter 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.

Vince Gill

2000-03-10 Country singer Vince Gill (42) weds christian pop singer Amy Grant (39) in Nashville, Tennessee

Blake Shelton

2003-11-17 American country singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee; divorce in 2006

Wynonna Judd

2003-11-22 Singer Wynonna Judd (39) weds D. R. Roach (39) in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee

  • 2004-01-01 American Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds flight attendant Nina Malek Inman (33) 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 "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 Nashville, Tennessee

Kelly Clarkson

2013-10-20 Singer Kelly Clarkson (31) weds talent manager Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee; divorce 2021

  • 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 (30) weds MLB Texas Rangers catcher J.P. Arencibia (28) in Greeneville, Tennessee; divorce in 2018
  • 2016-01-08 American country music 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

Kacey Musgraves

2017-10-14 American country singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves (29) weds American country singer-songwriter Ruston Kelly (29) in Tennessee; divorce in 2020

Wedding of Interest

2018-12-23 American singer Miley Cyrus (26) weds Australian actor Liam Hemsworth (28) in Franklin, Tennessee; divorce in 2020


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Famous Deaths

Meriwether Lewis

1809-10-11 Meriwether Lewis, American explorer, soldier and public administrator who helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies of gunshot wounds at 35 under mysterious circumstances that could have been murder or suicide along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

  • 1906-01-25 Joseph Wheeler, American Major General (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee), dies at 70

AssassinationMartin Luther King Jr.

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

  • 1974-08-21 Buford Pusser, American sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, dies in a single vehicle car crash at 36
  • 1991-10-17 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor (I Love Lucy; The Ford Show), dies of liver disease at 72
  • 2016-06-28 Pat Summitt, American basketball coach (University of Tennessee), dies at 61