Tennessee in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1960-04-02 Mabry Harper catches a world record 25lb Walleye at Cedar Bluff on the Cumberland River in Tennessee

Music Recording

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 voiced by Don Adams 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 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

  • 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
  • 2000-01-30 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, Kansas City, Missouri: Kansas City Chiefs beat Tennessee Titans, 35-24

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 391

  • 1917-01-08 Peter Taylor, American novelist, born in Trenton, Tennessee (d. 1994)

Dinah ShoreDinah Shore (1917-1994)

1917-03-01 American singer (See the USA in a Chevrolet), actress and TV personality (Dinah Shore Show; Nabisco DS Championship), born in Winchester, Tennessee

  • 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 1974-83; Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees), 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)

Cary MiddlecoffCary Middlecoff (1921-1998)

1921-01-06 American golfer (US Open 1949, 56; US Masters 1955), born in Halls, Tennessee

  • 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)

Bettie PageBettie Page (1923-2008)

1923-04-22 American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', born in Nashville, Tennessee

  • 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, American rock bassist (Elvis Presley, 1954-57), and bandleader (Bill Black Combo), 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 ("Deep Water"; "Ten Thousand Drums"; "Why, Why"), born in Maynardville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1927-10-13 Anita Kerr [née Grilli], American pop and country singer, composer, and producer (The Anita Kerr Singers), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2022) [1] [2]
  • 1927-10-23 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1977)

Patti PagePatti Page (1927-2013)

1927-11-08 American pop singer ("With My Eyes Wide Open, I'm Dreaming"; "Tennessee Waltz"), born in Claremore, Oklahoma

  • 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 (Murrey) "Buddy" Harman, American country music session drummer (Grand Ole Opry; Elvis Presley; Patsy Cline; Brenda Lee; Ween), 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 Tony Award-winning stage and screen singer and actor (Hamlet; 1776; Hawaii; Northern Exposure - "Holling"; The Middle -"Big Mike"), 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 (Winds of War; The Helen Morgan Story), born in Knoxville, Tennessee (d. 2014)
  • 1930-07-16 John Everett Watts, American composer (Elegy for Chimney),new music promoter (Composers & Choreographers Theater), synthesizer player, and educator (New School, 1969-82), born in Maryville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 1930-10-28 Harry Gilbert Trythall, American composer and pianist, born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1931-12-27 (Winfield) Scotty Moore, American guitarist (Elvis Presley; Roy Orbison), 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, 1969-93), 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, American reporter (Washington 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 Don Sundquist, American politician (Governor of Tennessee 1995-2003, Rep-R-Tennessee, 1983-95), born in Moline, Illinois
  • 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 (Royden) Dickey Lee [Lipscomb], American pop-country singer-songwriter ("Patches"; "Laurie"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1937-03-22 Jon Hassell, American composer and trumpet player (Dream Theory In Malaya), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2021)
  • 1937-05-10 Jim Hickman, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1970 Chicago Cubs; 1st NY Met to hit for cycle), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)

Morgan FreemanMorgan Freeman (85 years old)

1937-06-01 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 guitarist, mandolin, banjo, and fiddle player 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)

Oscar RobertsonOscar Robertson (84 years old)

1938-11-24 American NBA guard (Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Olympic gold 1960), born in Charlotte, Tennessee

  • 1939-05-25 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), born in McLemoresville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • 1939-07-16 William Bell, American soul and R&B singer ("Tryin' To Love Two"), and songwriter ("Born Under a Bad Sign"), 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, American soul vocalist (The Impressions - "People Get Ready"; "It's All Right"), born in Chattanooga, Tennessee (d. 2022)
  • 1939-09-07 [Benjamin] Latimore, American blues singer and piano player ("Let's Straighten It Out"), born in Charleston, Tennessee
  • 1939-10-09 (Overton Vertis) "O.V." Wright, American singer, born in Lenow, Tennessee, (d. 1980)

Tina TurnerTina Turner (83 years old)

1939-11-26 American singer (Ike & Tina - "Proud Mary"; solo -"What's Love Got To Do With It"), born in Nutbush, Tennessee

  • 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"; It's All Right"), 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 - "Let's Get Together"), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1941-11-21 Andrew Love, American saxophonist (The Memphis Horns), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2012)

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