Tennessee in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 131

  • 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

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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”

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 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

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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
  • 1862-03-15 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 (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)

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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)

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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
  • 1864-04-12 Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, 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 casualties
  • 1864-12-15 Battle of Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1865-02-22 Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
  • 1865-04-26 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina
  • 1865-12-24 Several Confederate veterans form Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • 1866-01-09 Fisk University opens in Nashville, Tennessee

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

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 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 Tennessee and South Carolina are 1st to ratify the 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights
  • 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

Historic InventionFirst Supermarket

1916-09-06 1st true supermarket, the "Piggly Wiggly" is opened by Clarence Saunders in Memphis, Tennessee
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  • 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
  • 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 Tennessee governor Austin Peay passes the "Butler Act," making Tennessee the 1st state to outlaw teaching theory of evolution (repealed 1967)
  • 1925-03-21 The Butler Act, a Tennessee statute, is enacted prohibiting the teaching 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
  • 1925-11-28 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee
  • 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
  • 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)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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
  • 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 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
  • 1949-03-19 1st museum devoted exclusively to atomic energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
  • 1952-01-12 University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 290

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

Person of interestDavy Crockett

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)

Person of interestDavid Farragut

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
  • 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)

Person of interestGeorge Childress

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
  • 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)
  • 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)

Person of interestNathan 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)

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • 1821-08-21 William Barksdale, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Smyrna, Tennessee (d. 1863)
  • 1824-05-08 William Walker, American physician and president of Nicaragua (1856-57), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1860)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1836-09-10 Joseph Wheeler II, Maj Gen (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee)
  • 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)
  • 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 composer, born in Clarksville, Tennessee
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 nicknamed the "Empress of Blues" (over 200 songs), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1937)
  • 1895-07-09 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1975)

Person of interestGeorge "Machine Gun" Kelly

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)
  • 1900-08-03 John T. Scopes, American teacher convicted for teaching evolution (Scopes "monkey trial" 1925), 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)
  • 1903-05-26 Estes Kefauver, American politician (Sen-D-Tn), born in Madisonville, Tennessee (d. 1963)
  • 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)
  • 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 (Pruitts of South Hampton, The Bank Dick), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 1911-06-11 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (Wednesday Night Fights), born in Dayton, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 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 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 Raymond 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)
  • 1915-03-02 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)
  • 1915-11-30 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 Hall of Fame executive (AL President), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1919-02-13 Tennessee Ernie Ford, American country music singer and actor (Sixteen Tons), born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1919-05-25 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee
  • 1919-08-30 Kitty Wells, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1919-10-03 James M. Buchanan, American economist (Nobel Memorial 1986), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (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 (d. 2013)
  • 1921-01-06 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (1956 Vardon Trophy, 1955 Byron Nelson Award), born in Halls, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1922-07-01 Don Whitmire, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Alabama, Navy - All American at both), born in Giles County, Tennessee (d. 1991)

Person of interestBettie Page

1923-04-22 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2008)

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 (Marty, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 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)
  • 1926-06-11 Brother Dave Gardner, American comedian, drummer and singer, born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1983)
  • 1926-09-17 Bill Black, band leader and bassist who worked with Elvis, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1965)
  • 1926-12-27 Jerome Courtland, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1927-03-15 Carl Smith, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in Maynardville, 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

Person of interestPatti Page

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

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 1928-07-12 Hayden White, American "literary criticism" historian (Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe), born in Martin, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1929-10-26 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1930-03-02 John Cullum, American singer and actor (Hamlet, Hawaii, Northern Exposure), born in Knoxville, 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


Person of interestMeriwether Lewis

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

Person of interestMartin 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

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