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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 1864-12-01 Raid at Stoneman: Knoxville, TN to Saltville, VA
  • 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, TN (PBS) 1st broadcast

Sport defeatBoxing 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

WBC Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes
WBC Heavyweight Champion
Larry Holmes
WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 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 Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 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 (Rhoda-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, singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1954-05-08 David Keith, 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, 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