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  • May 12, 1892
    The Ryman Auditorium opens for public services as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in downtown Nashville. It eventually hosts the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974
    Jun 22, 1897
    The balcony is completed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, future home of the Grand Ole Opry. The extra level of seats is installed to accommodate an upcoming convention of Confederate War veterans and is dubbed the Confederate Gallery
    Apr 11, 1918
    Actors Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks appear at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during a World War I bond drive. The following year they establish United Artists Pictures, which eventually has a division with a country label
    Nov 6, 1925
    Uncle Dave Macon, Sid Harkreader and Dr. Humphrey Bate perform at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium in a benefit concert that airs on WSM Radio. It's the first country music show broadcast from the Ryman, the future home of the Grand Ole Opry
    Jun 5, 1943
    The Grand Ole Opry begin airing from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, which becomes the radio show's home until 1974
    Sep 4, 1943
    Curley Williams & His Georgia Peach Pickers make their Grand Ole Opry debut. Williams' "Half As Much" later becomes a hit for Hank Williams
    Jun 17, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield makes his Grand Ole Opry debut at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium the same day The Poe Sisters become members
    Jul 15, 1944
    Comedian Rod Brasfield becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 30, 1944
    Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys appear on the Grand Ole Opry, causing a stir when Monte Mountjoy's drum set is moved onto the stage at the last minute. Drums were previously not allowed. Their first number is "New San Antonio Rose"
    Apr 14, 1945
    Buddy Harroll, of Pee Wee King's Golden West Cowboys, is the first to play trumpet on the Grand Ole Opry, delivering "Taps" in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died two days earlier

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