Nashville in History

Tennessee: Knoxville, TN - Memphis

Historical Events

  • 1817-10-20 1st Mississippi "Showboat" leaves Nashville on maiden voyage
  • 1863-02-28 Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • 1864-09-18 Hood's Tennessee campaign begins (also called The Franklin–Nashville Campaign), American Civil War
  • 1864-12-15 Battle of Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1864-12-16 Battle of Nashville ends after 4400 causalities
  • 1866-01-09 Fisk University opens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1893-02-07 Vanderbilt University claims it participated in the first organised intercollegiate basketball game at the Nashville YMCA Gymnasium; Vanderbilt beats YMCA, 9-3
  • 1898-04-22 1st Spanish–American War action sees the USS Nashville capture a Spanish ship
  • 1918-07-09 101 killed and 171 injured in worst US train wreck, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1925-10-05 WSM-AM in Nashville Tenn begins radio transmissions
  • 1925-11-28 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1926-06-19 DeFord Bailey is 1st African American to perform on Nashville's "Grand Ole Opry"
  • 1927-12-10 "Grand Ole Opry" first named as such during Barn Dance radio broadcast, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1928-09-28 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack's Gully Jumpers)
  • 1941-03-01 1st US commercial FM radio station goes on the air, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944-12-13 Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138

  • 1950-09-30 WSM TV channel 4 in Nashville, TN (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1951-05-10 Z Alexander Looby elected to Nashville City Council
  • 1953-11-29 WSIX TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (ABC) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1954-01-04 Elvis Presley records his 1st demo for Sun Records at a recording studio in Memphis, "It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You" and "I'll Never Stand In Your Way"

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1954-08-06 WLAC (now WTVF) TV channel 5 in Nashville (CBS) begins broadcasting

Music releaseMusic Recording

1956-01-20 Buddy Holly records "Blue Days Black Night" in Nashville

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1957-09-09 Nashville's new Hattie Cotton Elementary School dynamited
  • 1960-04-03 Elvis Presley records ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1962-09-10 WDCN TV channel 8 in Nashville, TN (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-08-05 WMCV (now WZTV) TV channel 17 in Nashville, TN (IND) 1st broadcast

Music releaseMusic Recording

1973-06-17 Dolly Parton records her song "I Will Always Love You" (later huge hit for Whitney Houston) for RCA in Nashville

Country Singer Dolly Parton
Country Singer
Dolly Parton
Singer Whitney Houston
Singer
Whitney Houston
  • 1974-03-16 1st performance at new Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland in Nashville

Film release premierFilm Release

1975-06-11 "Nashville", directed by Robert Altman and starring Ned Beatty and Ronee Blakley, is released

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 1983-03-07 TNN (The Nashville Network) begins on Cable TV
  • 1983-11-03 Nashville Network begins on cable TV
  • 1991-12-04 Judds final concert (Nashville)
  • 1995-06-28 NJ Devils Stanley Cup Victory Party, admidst rumours they were moving to Nashville, goalie Chris Terreri holds up "Nashville? NO WAY!" sign
  • 1997-06-17 NHL announces it will add Nashville in 1998, Atlanta in 1999 & Minneapolis-St Paul & Columbus, Ohio in 2000
  • 1997-06-25 NHL approves franchises in Nashville, Atlanta, Columbus, and Minnesota-St Paul
  • 1997-08-06 Newly established NHL franchise Nashville Predators name Barry Trotz as inaugural coach; lasts 15 seasons and 1,196 regular season games

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1999-02-15 Wayne Gretzky records 5 assists in NY Rangers' 7-4 win over the Predators; takes a 1,000 point lead over Gordie Howe in all time NHL scoring lead; Gretzky's only appearance in Nashville

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • 2003-03-01 Nashville's Barry Trotz sets NHL record for most games coached with an expansion team from inception as Predators score a 5-4 OT win over Chicago; his 392nd game, Terry Crisp 391 with Tampa Bay
  • 2016-01-31 61st NHL All Star Games, Bridgestone Centre, Nashville, TN: Pacific Division All Stars win four-team 3-on-3 tournament; MVP: John Scott, San Jose, LW
  • 2017-06-11 Stanley Cup Final, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN: Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators, 2-0 for 4-2 series win; Penguins back-to-back champions
  • 2018-03-06 Nashville mayor Megan Barry resigns a month after admitting to an extramarital affair with her bodyguard

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestGeorge Childress

1804-01-08 George Childress, American 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
  • 1824-05-08 William Walker, American physician and president of Nicaragua (1856-57), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1860)
  • 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)
  • 1833-04-10 James Edward Rains, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1862)
  • 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)
  • 1885-11-02 Harlow Shapley, American astronomer (Sun's position in galaxy), born in Nashville, Missouri (d. 1972)
  • 1895-07-09 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1902-11-19 Trevor Bardette, American actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape), born in Nashville, Arkansas (d. 1977)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1913-03-22 James Westerfield, American actor (Jungle Heat, Lucky Johnny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1915-03-02 Lona Andre [Launa Anderson], American actress (Death in the Air, Case of Baby Sitter), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1992)
  • 1917-06-14 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 1917-10-25 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1919-08-30 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer (It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2012)
  • 1920-02-22 Del Wood [Adelaide Hazelwood], American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1989)

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

Person of interestRobert Altman

1925-02-20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player; M*A*S*H; Nashville), born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 2006)

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 1925-04-14 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Good Lovin'), born in Nashville, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1925-04-29 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], country musician (Nashville Brass), born in Randolph, Massachusetts (d. 2008)
  • 1925-05-16 Nancy Roman, American, NASA's first chief of astronomy 'Mother of the Hubble', born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1926-01-02 Howard Caine, American actor (Brushfire), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1926-09-28 Jerry Clower, Amite County Miss, country comedian (Nashville on Road)
  • 1928-12-23 Buddy Harman, American 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)
  • 1929-10-26 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1932-10-11 Dottie West, American country singer (Here Comes My Baby), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1934-04-01 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Sparkman, Arkansas
  • 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
  • 1935-09-21 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), born in Germantown, Philadelphia (d. 2009)
  • 1938-01-07 Lou Graham, American golfer (US Open 1975), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1940-01-14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader & politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1941-12-06 Helen Cornelius, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Monroe City, Missouri
  • 1942-09-04 Jerry Jarrett, American professional wrestling promoter, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1943-07-25 Roy Acuff Jr., American country musician, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1944-04-16 Bob Montgomery, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1945-05-01 Rita Coolidge, American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (Higher & Higher, We're All Alone), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1946-11-20 Duane Allman, American rock guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1971)
  • 1947-08-23 Rex Allen Jr, American country singer (Nashville on the Road), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1947-12-08 Gregg Allman, American Hammond organist, guitarist and vocalist (The Allman Brothers Band - "Whipping Post"), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2017)
  • 1948-10-01 Ellen McIlwaine, American blues singer-songwriter (Honky Tonky Angel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949-06-21 Jim Bacchus, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949-08-23 Woody Paul [Paul Chrisman], American singer (Riders in the Sky), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1949-10-05 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1988)
  • 1951-12-10 Johnny Rodriguez, American actor (Nashville Girl, La Bamba Party), born in Sabinal, Texas
  • 1952-01-18 R. Stevie Moore, American singer, songwriter, and home recording pioneer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1952-02-22 Bill Frist, American politician, born in Nashville, Tennessee

Person of interestBill Belichick

1952-04-16 Bill Belichick, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, 04, 05, 14, 17, 18; most SB wins; NFL Coach of the Year 2003, 07, 10; New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1952-10-28 Annie Potts, actress (Mary Jo-Designing Women), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1955-05-05 Robert Feld, National Scrabble Champion (1990), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1955-08-02 Jimmy Lowe, American country singer (Pirates of Ms-Fred Jake), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1955-09-26 Carlene Carter, American country singer (I Fell in Love), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1955-10-03 [Douglas] Allen Woody, bassist (The Allman Brothers Band, Gov't Mule), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2000)
  • 1956-05-25 David P. Sartor, American music composer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1957-02-13 Doris King, American country vocalist (Girls Next Door - "Slow Boat To China"), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1957-03-15 Park Overall, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958-06-20 Chuck Wagner, actor (Automan), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1958-08-03 Cindy Nixon, American singer (Girls Next Door-Don't Be Cruel), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1959-06-27 Lorrie Morgan, American country singer (Out of Your Shoes), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1960-07-17 Dawn Upshaw, American soprano (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1960-11-15 Dann Huff, American songwriter, session musician, producer (Michael Jackson), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1963-01-20 James Denton, American actor, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1965-10-01 Cliff Ronning, Canadian NHL center (1,137 NHL games; Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1966-01-04 Deana Carter, American country singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1967-06-24 Jeff Cease, guitarist (Black Crowes-Shake Your Money Maker), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1968-07-17 Beth Littleford, American comedian, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1971-03-16 Greg Johnson, Canadian hockey center (Nashville Predators captain 2002-06), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1971-08-07 Sydney Penny, American actress (Danni-New Gidget, Thorn Birds, All My Children), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1971-09-11 Shelton Quarles, American NFL linebacker, executive (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Director Football Ops), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1971-10-27 Jade Arcade, American comics artist and writer, born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974-10-29 R A Dickey, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, NL strikeout leader 2012; Gold Glove Award 2013; NY Mets, Toronto Blue Jays), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1974-10-31 Jeff Gooch, American football linebacker (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1978-06-12 DJ Qualls, American actor (Road Trip), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1979-08-21 Ashley Whitney, 800m freestyle relay (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1980-12-08 Brandt Snedeker, American golfer (US Masters 2008, British Open 2012 3rd), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1986-04-01 Hillary Scott, American singer and songwriter (Lady A), born in Nashville, Tennessee

Person of interestMiley Cyrus

1992-11-23 [Destiny] Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer (Hannah Montana, "The Climb"), born in Franklin, Tennessee

Actress and Singer Miley Cyrus
Actress and Singer
Miley Cyrus

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1857-12-30 Confederate army cavalry battalion commander John S. Mosby (24) weds Pauline Clarke in Nashville

The Gray Ghost John Singleton Mosby
The Gray Ghost
John Singleton Mosby

LoveWedding 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
  • 1996-11-16 "What Part of No" country singer Lorrie Morgan (37) weds singer Jon Randall (29) in Nashville

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Country Singer Vince Gill
Country Singer
Vince Gill
  • 2005-05-07 Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2008-12-06 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville

LoveWedding of Interest

2010-07-10 Actress and fourth season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood (29) weds Nashville Predators ice hockey player Mike Fisher (32) at Ritz Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Georgia

  • 2012-04-14 "Lady Antebellum" singer Dave Haywood (29) weds executive with Warner Bros. Records Kelli Cashiola (30) in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2012-09-15 "The Black Keys" drummer Patrick Carney (32) weds Emily Ward in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2016-01-08 Singer Colton Dixon (24) weds longtime love Annie Coggeshall in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2016-02-27 "The Voice" winner RaeLynn Woodward weds Josh Davis in Nashville
  • 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 interestJames Knox Polk

1849-06-15 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (1845-1849), dies in Nashville Tenn at 53

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk

Person of interestArna Bontemps

1973-06-04 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • 1993-10-13 Gwen Wells, actress (Nashville), dies of cancer at 42
  • 1997-04-16 Mae Boren Axton ["Queen Mother of Nashville"], American songwriter (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • 1997-12-31 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist ("Last Date"; "On the Rebound"), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2001-12-03 Grady Martin, American country music guitarist (The Nashville A-Team), dies at 72

Person of interestRobert Altman

2006-11-20 Robert Altman, American screenwriter, producer and director (The Player, M*A*S*H, Nashville), dies of complications from leukemia at 81

Film Director Robert Altman
Film Director
Robert Altman
  • 2008-04-12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • 2009-09-14 Henry Gibson, American actor and comedian (Nashville, Laugh-In's poet), dies at 73
  • 2015-06-11 Jim Ed Brown, American country music singer (Nashville on the Road), dies at 81
  • 2019-07-07 Greg Johnson, Canadian hockey center (Nashville Predators captain 2002-06), dies at 48