Today in Tennessee History

Tennessee: Knoxville, TN - Memphis - Nashville

Historical Events

Events 1 - 80 of 80

1760-08-07 - Ft Loudon, Tennessee surrenders to Cherokee Indians
1784-08-23 - Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state & name it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejects it
1796-06-01 - Tennessee admitted as 16th US state
1797-07-08 - 1st US senator (William Blount of Tennessee) expelled by impeachment
1809-10-11 - Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand.
Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether LewisSoldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis 1838-01-26 - Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States
1847-07-29 - Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States.
1861-02-09 - Tennessee votes against secession (US Civil War)
1861-05-06 - Arkansas & Tennessee becomes 9th & 10th states to secede from US
1861-06-08 - American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.
1861-06-24 - Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union
1861-07-01 - War Dept decrees that Kansas and Tennessee are to be canvassed for volunteers
US President & Union General Ulysses S. GrantUS President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant 1862-02-06 - General Ulysses S. Grant captures Fort Henry in Tennessee
1862-02-06 - American Civil Was; naval engagement on Tennessee River-USS Conestago vs CSS Appleton Belle
1862-02-15 - Grant's major assault on Ft Donelson, Tennessee
1862-04-06 - Battle of Shiloh, Union defeats Confederacy in SW Tennessee
1862-06-04 - Confederates evacuate Fort Pillow, Tennessee
1862-08-30 - Battle of Altamont-Confederates beat Union forces in Tennessee
1862-09-25 - Skirmish at Davis' Bridge, Tennessee
1862-10-22 - Confederate troops reconquer Cumperland Gap, Tennessee
1862-11-20 - Confederate armies of Mississippi and Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee, under General Braxton Bragg
1862-12-17 - General Ulysses S. Grant issues order #11, expelling Jews from Tennessee
1862-12-18 - Battle at Lexington, Tennessee (Forrest's Second Raid)
1862-12-31 - Skirmish at Parker Cross Roads, Tennessee
1863-02-24 - Forrest's raid on Brentwood, Tennessee
1863-03-25 - Skirmish at Brentwood Tennessee
1863-08-08 - American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. During the early 20th century, the day was celebrated by blacks in Tennessee as a holiday.
1863-08-17 - Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee
1863-09-08 - -10] Federal troops reconquer the Cumperland Gap, Tennessee
1863-10-10 - Skirmish at Blue Springs, Tennessee (166 casualties)
1863-10-11 - Skirmish at Rheatown/Henderson's Mill, Tennessee
1863-10-13 - Skirmish at Blountsville, Tennessee (50 casualties)
Confederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford ForrestConfederate General/KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest 1863-11-14 - Nathan Bedford Forrest is assigned to command of West Tennessee
1863-11-24 - Battle of Chattanooga, Columbia & Lookout Mt begins in Tennessee
1863-11-25 - Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee
1863-12-14 - Battle of Bean's Station-Confederacy repulses Union in Tennessee
1863-12-15 - Skirmish at Bean's Station, Tennessee (Knoxville Campaign)
1864-01-16 - Heavy fighting takes place near Dandridge, Tennessee
1864-02-22 - Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta) Tennessee
1864-03-11 - Skirmish at Calfkiller Creek (Sparta), Tennessee
1864-08-21 - Major Gen Nathan B Forrests assault on Memphis, Tennessee
1864-09-18 - Hood's Tennessee campaign begins (also called The Franklin–Nashville Campaign), American Civil War
1864-11-04 - Confederate assault on Johnsonville, Tennessee
1864-11-30 - Battle of Franklin Tennessee: Confederate attack fails, 7,700 casualities
1865-02-22 - Tennessee adopts a new constitution abolishing slavery
1866-07-19 - Tennessee is 1st to ratify 14th Amendment to the US constitution, guaranteeing civil rights
1866-07-24 - Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union
1869-02-20 - Tennessee Governor W C Brownlow declares martial law in Ku Klux Klan crisis
1870-08-06 - White conservatives suppresed black vote & captured Tennessee legislature
1870-11-08 - Democratic governor elected in Tennessee
1874-08-26 - 16 blacks lynched in Tennessee
1880-01-21 - 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis, Tennessee
1886-09-14 - George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon
1902-03-28 - 27.9 cm precipitation at McMinnville, Tennessee (state record)
1912-06-19 - Tennessee University opened as Tennessee A & L State College
Football, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John HeismanFootball, Baseball & Basketball Player & Coach John Heisman 1916-10-07 - Georgia Tech, coached by John Heisman, defeat Cumberland 222-0, the most lopsided score in the history of college football
1917-12-30 - -32°F (-36°C) in Mountain City, Tennessee (state record)
1920-08-18 - US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage
1925-03-13 - Tennessee makes it unlawful to teach evolution
1925-03-23 - Tennessee becomes 1st state to outlaw teaching theory of evolution
1925-05-05 - John T Scopes arrested for teaching evolution in Tennessee
1925-07-24 - John T Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the “Scopes monkey trial”, Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 & costs
1930-08-09 - 113°F (45°C) at Perryville, Tennessee (state record)
Baseball Player Lou GehrigBaseball Player Lou Gehrig 1931-04-02 - Teenage girl strikes out Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig in an exhibition game in Chattanooga, Tennessee
1933-05-18 - Tennessee Valley Act (TVA) Act signed by FDR, to build dams
1952-01-12 - University of Tennessee admits it's 1st black student
1956-09-03 - Tanks are deployed against racist demonstrators in Clinton, Tennessee
1960-04-01 - Mabry Harper catches a 25 lb Walleye in Tennessee
1963-09-28 - "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon debuts on CBS-TV
1967-05-18 - Tennessee Governor Ellington approves the repeal of the Butler Act or "Monkey Law", upheld in 1925 Scopes Trial
1968-04-04 - US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee
Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.Clergyman and Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. 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
1996-06-29 - Andrea Leah Plummer, of Tennessee, crowned 39th America's Junior Miss
2000-01-30 - Super Bowl XXXIV: St. Louis Rams beat Tennessee Titans, 23-16 at the Georgia Dome Atlanta 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 34 of 34

1745-09-23 - John Sevier, Tennessee, indian fighter (Gov/Rep-Tn)
1786-08-17 - Davy Crockett, Greene County, Tennessee, frontiersman/adventurer/politician (Alamo), (d. 1836)
1801-07-05 - David Farragut, Campbell's Station, Tennessee, US Admiral ("Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!")
1821-07-13 - Nathan Bedford Forrest, Chapel Hill Tennessee, slave trader/Confed lt-gen/KKK Grand Wizard, (d. 1877)
1836-09-10 - Joseph Wheeler II, Maj Gen (Confederacy/Cavalry/Army of Tennessee)
American Gangster George 'Machine Gun' KellyAmerican Gangster George 'Machine Gun' Kelly (1895-07-18) 1895-07-18 - George Machine Gun Kelly [Georgio Barnes], Memphis Tennessee, American gangster, (d. 1954)
1898-12-05 - Grace Moore, Slabtown, Tennessee, American soprano (One Night of Love)
1900-08-03 - John T Scopes, Tennessee teacher convicted for teaching evolution
1913-03-02 - Marjorie Weaver, Crossville Tennessee, actress (Young Mr Lincoln)
1915-11-30 - Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
1919-02-13 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bristol Tn, country vocalist/actor (pea picker)
1919-10-03 - James M. Buchanan, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, economist (Nobel Memorial 1986), (d. 2013)
1920-06-02 - Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)
Playboy Pin-up Model Bettie PagePlayboy Pin-up Model Bettie Page (1923-04-22) 1923-04-22 - Bettie Page, Nashville Tennessee, American Playboy pin-up model
1927-11-08 - Patti Page, [Clara Ann Fowler], Claremont Ok, singer (Tennessee Waltz), (d. 2012)
1929-06-09 - Johnny Ace [John Marshall Alexander, Jr.], Memphis, Tennessee, rhythm and blues singer (My Song)
1934-09-25 - John S Bull, Memphis Tennessee, astronaut
1936-03-15 - Donald K Sundquist, (Rep-R-Tennessee, 1983- )
1941-02-13 - Andrea Conte, First Lady of Tennessee
1943-09-23 - Bob Clement, (Rep-D-Tennessee)
1944-04-16 - Bob Montgomery, Nashville, Tennessee, last Major League Baseball player to bat without a helmet (1979)
1944-09-22 - John Tanner, (Rep-D-Tennessee)
1947-07-21 - John J Duncan Jr, (Rep-R-Tennessee)
Singer Patti PageSinger Patti Page (1927-11-08) 1949-02-25 - Ric Flair, Memphis, Tennessee, American professional wrestler (NWA/WWF/WCW/AWA)
1950-01-23 - Bill Cunningham, Memphis, Tennessee, American original bass guitarist/keyboardist (Box Tops)
1957-03-15 - Park Overall, Nashville, Tennessee, American actress (Empty Nest, Mississippi Burning)
1971-02-19 - Becca Lee, Tennessee, Miss USA (Tenn-3rd-1996)
1972-07-02 - Towanna Stone, Miss USA-Tennessee (1997, 3rd)
1972-11-02 - Jeni Stephens, Memphis Tennessee, Miss America-Tennessee (1997)
1978-04-19 - Adrienne Parker, Miss Tennessee Teen USA (1996)
1978-09-18 - Shelly Moore, Miss Teen USA (Tennessee, 1997)
1981-01-31 - Justin Timberlake, Memphis, Tennessee, singer-songwriter (Sexyback, My Love)
Actress Megan FoxActress Megan Fox (1986-05-16) 1986-05-16 - Megan Fox, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, American actress (Transformers) and model
1992-11-23 - Miley Cyrus, Nashville, Tennessee, actress and singer (Hannah Montana, The Climb)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 23 of 23

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy CrockettFrontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett (1806-08-12) 1806-08-12 - Frontiersman Davy Crockett (20) weds Polly Finley in Tennessee
1827-05-17 - US President Andrew Johnson (18) weds Eliza McCardle (16) in Warrenton, Tennessee
1943-02-15 - Model Bettie Page (19) weds high school sweetheart Billy Neal in Gallatin, Tennessee
1991-09-16 - Country singer Willie Nelson (58) weds Annie D'Angelo in Nashville, Tennessee
1992-04-11 - Country singer Lee Greenwood weds Miss Tennessee 1989 (Kimberly Payne)
1996-12-07 - Former Tennessee Republican Senator Howard Baker (71) weds retired Kansas GOP Senator Nancy Kassebaum (64) in Washington, D.C.
2000-03-10 - Country singer Vince Gill (42) weds christian/pop singer Amy Grant (39) in Nashville, Tennessee
Country Singer Willie NelsonCountry Singer Willie Nelson (1991-09-16) 2003-11-17 - Singer Blake Shelton (27) weds Kaynette Williams in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
2003-11-22 - Singer Wynonna Judd (39) weds D. R. Roach (39) in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
2004-01-01 - Singer Lou Rawls (71) weds Nina Malek Inman at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
2005-05-07 - Country music singer Billy Dean (43) weds Stephanie Paisley at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee
2006-03-25 - Cowboy Crush singer Darla Perlozzi weds musician Timmy Lee Patterson at Southern Belle Wedding Chapel in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
2007-03-30 - "Little Big Town" singer-guitarist Phillip Sweet (33) weds Rebecca Arthur at Cedarvine Manor in Lebanon, Tennessee
2008-06-14 - Country singer Sara Evans (37) weds former University of Alabama quarterback Jay Barker (35) in Franklin, Tennessee
2009-11-14 - "Kings of Leon" drummer Nate Followill (33) weds singer Jessie Baylin (25) at the Wolf Den Farm in Brentwood, Tennessee
2010-04-03 - "Love and Theft" country trio Eric Gunderson weds Emily Hagar (24) at sunset on the front porch of the historic Hazel Path mansion in Hendersonville, Tennessee
2011-11-26 - "The Sugarland" singer Jennifer Nettles (37) weds entrepreneur Justin Miller at a chapel nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee
2012-04-03 - Paramore guitar player Josh Farro (22) weds Jenna Rice in Tennessee
2012-04-14 - "Lady Antebellum" singer Dave Haywood (29) weds executive with Warner Bros. Records Kelli Cashiola (30) in Nashville, Tennessee
2012-06-10 - Country music singer Wynonna Judd (48) weds "Highway 101" drummer Cactus Moser in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee
2012-09-15 - "The Black Keys" drummer Patrick Carney (32) weds Emily Ward in Nashville, Tennessee
2012-09-29 - "Kings of Leon" bassist Jared Followill (25) weds model Martha Patterson (21) in Charlotte, Tennessee
Singer Kelly ClarksonSinger Kelly Clarkson (2013-10-20) 2013-10-20 - Singer Kelly Clarkson (31) weds talent manager Brandon Blackstock at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 4 of 4

17th US President Andrew Johnson17th US President Andrew Johnson (1875-07-31) 1875-07-31 - Andrew Johnson, 17th pres, dies in Tennessee at 66
1968-04-04 - Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis Tennessee at 39
1991-10-16 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer (16 Tons), dies at 72
1991-10-17 - Tennessee Ernie Ford, country singer, dies of liver disease at 72


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