Tennessee in History (Part 2)

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • 1953-09-27 WHBQ TV channel 13 in Memphis, Tennessee (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-01-01 WREC (now WREG) TV channel 3 in Memphis, Tennessee (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-06-25 WKNO TV channel 10 in Memphis, Tennessee (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-09-03 Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee

Film PremierJailhouse Rock Premieres

1957-10-17 Jailhouse Rock starring Elvis Presley premieres in Memphis, Tennessee

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A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
A publicity shot from the film showing Elvis Presley during the dance sequence in Jailhouse Rock
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  • 1960-04-02 Mabry Harper catches a world record 25lb Walleye at Cedar Bluff on the Cumberland River in Tennessee
  • 1960-04-03 Elvis Presley records ‘It's Now Or Never’, ‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ at RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1963-09-28 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1967-05-18 Tennessee Governor Ellington approves repeal of the Butler Act (or "Monkey Law") - prohibiting the teaching of evolution, upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial
  • 1967-07-20 Race riots in Memphis, Tennessee

Martin Luther King Shot DeadMartin Luther King Shot Dead

1968-04-04 US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee

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Martin Luther King waves to supporters after delivering his 'I have a dream' speech
Martin Luther King waves to supporters after delivering his 'I have a dream' speech
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  • 1971-05-21 National Guard mobilizes to quell riot in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1975-05-13 Hail stones as large as tennis balls hit Wernerville, Tennessee
  • 1980-10-09 1st consumer use of home banking by computer by United American Bank in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1982-01-08 Johnny Cash Parkway opens in Hendersonville, Tennessee

  • 1982-05-01 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
  • 1988-12-17 USS Tennessee, 1st sub to carry Trident 2 missiles, commissioned
  • 1991-03-23 20 Tornadoes kill 5 in Tennessee
  • 1995-09-11 Eastern Tennessee begins using new area code 423
  • 1996-06-05 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, Tennessee, on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • 1996-06-29 Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
  • 1999-01-04 College Football, 1st BCS National Championship, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, AZ: #1 Tennessee beats #2 Florida State, 23-16, at 28th Fiesta Bowl
  • 2000-01-08 "Music City Miracle", in AFC Wild Card Playoff, Tennessee Titans defeat Buffalo Bills 22-16 in last 16 seconds with Kevin Dyson, running length of the field for a game-winning touchdown
  • 2000-01-30 Super Bowl XXXIV, Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16; MVP: Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB
  • 2006-04-02 Over 60 tornadoes break out, hardest hit is Tennessee with 29 people killed.
  • 2013-10-02 8 people are killed and 14 are injured after an accident involving an SUV, church bus, and tractor trailer in Jefferson County, Tennessee
  • 2017-11-25 Longest known frozen embryo to be successfully born is delivered in Tennessee - Emma Wren Gibson, frozen 24 years ago
  • 2018-04-22 Gunman opens fire at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee, killing four before James Shaw Jr. wrestled the rifle from the gunman's hands
  • 2018-06-08 World's most powerful supercomputer, Summit, can process 200,000 trillion calculations per second, launched at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee, by IBM and NVidia
  • 2019-01-07 Tennessee woman Cyntoia Brown, convicted for murdering a man aged 16, granted clemency by Governor Bill Haslam
  • 2020-01-19 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, KC: Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans, 35-24

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 392

  • 1915-11-30 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
  • 1917-01-08 Peter Taylor, American novelist, born in Trenton, Tennessee (d. 1994)

Person of interestDinah Shore

1917-03-01 (Fannye) "Dinah" Shore, American singer ("Buttons and Bows"), and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show), born in Winchester, Tennessee (d. 1994)

Singer, Actress and TV Personality Dinah Shore
Singer, Actress and TV Personality
Dinah Shore
  • 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)
  • 1919-02-13 "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, American country music singer ("Sixteen Tons"), and actor, born in Bristol, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1919-05-25 Lindsey Nelson, American sportscaster (NY Mets), born in Pulaski, Tennessee (d. 1995)
  • 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)
  • 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 [William Huddleston], American jazz saxophonist and flautist, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1921-01-06 Cary Middlecoff, American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), 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)
  • 1924-03-29 Andrew Frierson, pioneering African American opera singer, born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2018)
  • 1924-06-20 Chet Atkins, American guitarist (Me & My Guitar), born in Luttrell, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 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)
  • 1926-05-13 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 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), 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
  • 1928-03-22 E.D. Hirsch. American social commentator, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 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)
  • 1928-10-05 Louise Fitzhugh, American author and illustrator (Harriet the Spy), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 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)
  • 1929-02-04 Paul Burlison, American 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)
  • 1930-01-15 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 1985)
  • 1930-03-02 John Cullum, American singer and actor (Hamlet; 1776; Hawaii; Northern Exposure - "Holling"), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1930-04-11 Bill Hefner, American politician, Democratic U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, born in Elora, Tennessee (d. 2009)
  • 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)
  • 1930-07-16 John Everett Watts, American composer, born in Maryville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 1930-10-28 Harry Gilbert Trythall, American composer and pianist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1931-12-27 Scotty Moore, guitarist (for Elvis), born in Gadsden, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1932-01-01 Jackie Parker, American College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame utility (Mississippi State University; Grey Cup 1954-56; Edmonton Eskimos), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2006)
  • 1932-01-03 Coo Coo Marlin, American auto racer (NASCAR nine top 5, 51 top 10 finishes in 165 Winston Cup starts), born in Columbia, Tennessee (d. 2005)
  • 1932-04-09 Carl Perkins, American rockabilly singer and songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1932-10-11 Dottie West, American country singer (Here Comes My Baby), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1991)
  • 1932-12-28 Dorsey Burnette, rockabilly singer (Tall Oak Tree, Hey Little One), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1979)
  • 1933-11-15 Barbara Carson, actress (Comedy Tonight, Carter Country), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-01-16 William Vollie Alexander Jr., American politician (Rep-D-AR, 1969- ), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1934-03-04 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Doubtfire - "Mrs. Sellner"; Liar Liar - "Greta"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2001)
  • 1934-03-25 Johnny Burnette, American rockabilly singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Train Kept A-Rollin'"; "You're Sixteen"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1964)
  • 1934-05-13 Leon Wagner, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 1962, 63; LA Angels), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1934-05-23 Mason Rudolph, American golfer (Ryder Cup 1971; PGA C'ship 1973 3rd), born in Clarksville, Tennessee (d. 2011)
  • 1934-08-29 Gene Allison, American R&B-singer (You Can Make It If You Try), born in Pegram, Tennessee (d. 2004)
  • 1934-09-25 John S. Bull, American naval officer and NASA astronaut, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2008)
  • 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
  • 1934-12-04 Wink Martindale, American TV host (Tic-Tac-Dough, Can You Top This), born in Jackson, Tennessee
  • 1934-12-09 Junior Wells, American blues singer ("In My Younger Days"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1998)
  • 1935-08-25 Charles Wright, American poet (Black Zodiac), born in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee
  • 1935-11-27 Al Jackson, Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1975)
  • 1936-03-15 Donald K Sundquist, (Rep-R-Tennessee, 1983- )
  • 1936-04-29 Lane Smith, American actor (Perry White-Lois & Clark), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1936-06-28 Major R Owens, American politician (Rep-D-NY, 1983-2007), born in Collierville, Tennessee (d. 2013)
  • 1936-09-21 Dickey Lee, American singer and songwriter (Patches), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937-03-22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937-05-10 Jim Hickman, baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)

Person of interestMorgan Freeman

1937-06-01 Morgan Freeman, American Academy Award-winning actor (Driving Mrs Daisy, Glory), born in Memphis, Tennessee

  • 1937-10-27 Lara Parker, American actress (Race with the Devil, Dark Shadows), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1937-12-12 Buford Pusser, American sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, born in Finger, Tennessee (d. 1974)
  • 1938-01-07 Lou Graham, American golfer (US Open 1975), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1938-03-10 Norman Blake, American traditional stringed instrument artist and songwriter, born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1938-06-26 Gerald North, American climatologist, born in Sweetwater, Tennessee
  • 1938-07-26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)

Person of interestOscar Robertson

1938-11-24 Oscar Robertson [The Big O], NBA guard (Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Olympic gold 1960), born in Charlotte, Tennessee

NBA Player Oscar Robertson
NBA Player
Oscar Robertson
  • 1939-05-25 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), born in McLemoresville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1939-07-16 William Bell, American singer (Tryin' to Love Two), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1939-07-25 Richard Akre Trythall, American composer, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1939-08-09 Claude Osteen, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds), born in Caney Spring, Tennessee
  • 1939-08-12 George Hamilton, American actor (Love at First Bite), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1939-09-02 Sam Gooden, rock vocalist (Impressions-Gypsy Woman), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1939-09-07 [Benjamin] Latimore, American blues singer and piano player (Let's Straighten It Out), born in Charleston, Tennessee
  • 1939-10-09 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)

Person of interestTina Turner

1939-11-26 Tina Turner [Anna Mae Bullock], American singer (Proud Mary), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

Singer Tina Turner
Singer
Tina Turner
  • 1940-01-14 Julian Bond, American civil rights leader & politician (D-Ga), born in Nashville Tennessee (d. 2015)
  • 1940-06-23 Wilma Rudolph, American athlete (3 Olympic gold 100/200/4x100m 1960), born in Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee (d. 1994)
  • 1940-07-03 Lamar Alexander, American politician (U.S. Senator from Tennessee), born in Maryville, Tennessee
  • 1940-07-25 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1940-09-12 Roger K. Crouch, American astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Jamestown, Tennessee
  • 1940-10-08 Fred Cash, American soul singer (Impressions -"People Get Ready"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1941-01-14 Gibby Gilbert, American golfer (Masters 1980 runner-up), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 1941-02-13 Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • 1941-02-20 Clyde Wright, American MLB pitcher (no-hitter v Oakland 1970), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • 1941-08-02 Homer Banks, American singer and songwriter (Be What You Are), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1941-08-18 Christopher Jones, American actor (Wild in the Streets), born in Jackson, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • 1941-09-26 Joe Bauer, American rock drummer (Youngbloods), born in Memphis, Tennessee

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