Knoxville, TN in History

Tennessee: Memphis - Nashville

Historical Events

  • 1861-05-07 Riot occurs between prosecessionist & Union supporters in Knoxville TN
  • 1863-11-17 -Dec 4th) Battle of Knoxville, Tennessee

Historic Siege

1863-12-03 Confederate General James Longstreet abandons his siege at Knoxville, TN

  • 1864-12-01 Raid at Stoneman: Knoxville, Tennessee to Saltville, Virginia
  • 1953-10-01 WATE TV channel 6 in Knoxville, TN (ABC/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-10-18 WTVK TV channel 26 in Knoxville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-08-13 WBIR TV channel 10 in Knoxville, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-03-15 WSJK TV channel 2 in Sneedville/Knoxville, Tennessee (PBS) 1st broadcast

Boxing Title Fight

1980-03-31 Almost concurrent heavyweight boxing championship fights: Larry Holmes TKOs Leroy Jones in 8 for WBC title in Las Vegas, NV whilst Mike Weaver KOs John Tate in 15 for WBA belt in Knoxville, TN

  • 1980-10-09 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1982-05-01 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens

Famous Birthdays

  • 1915-11-30 (Walter) "Brownie" McGhee, American folk music and Piedmont blues singer and guitarist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 1996)
  • 1926-12-27 Jerome Courtland, American actor (Tonka, Tharus), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1930-07-14 Polly Bergen [Nellie Burgin], American actress, singer, television host, and writer (Winds of War; The Helen Morgan Story), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • 1945-05-12 Linda Carlson, American actress (Bev-Newhart, Katie-Kaz), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1953-07-28 Steve Duncan, American country-rock drummer (Desert Rose Band - "Love Reunited"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954-05-08 David Keith, American actor (Back Roads, Firestarter), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954-06-28 Ava Barber, American country singer (Lawrence Welk Show), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1959-08-31 Rachel Dennison, American actress (Doralee Rhodes-9 to 5), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1962-02-02 Ben Testerman, tennis star, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1968-02-28 Mike Milchin, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1971-07-15 Dean Panaro, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1973-01-02 Chris Woodruff, American tennis player and coach (Indian Wells 1999 semi-finals; coach University of Tennessee), born in Knoxville, Tennessee