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  • Jun 1, 1796
    Tennessee is added as the 16th state in the union. It becomes the business center for country music during the 20th century, and the birthplace for Eddy Arnold, Roy Acuff, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Chris Young, among others
    Oct 11, 1809
    Meriwether Lewis, an explorer who helped unlock the American Northwest, dies in Hohenwald, Tennessee. The Lewis & Clark Expedition is referenced in Ed Bruce's 1980 country hit "The Last Cowboy Song"
    May 22, 1819
    The city of Memphis is founded in Tennessee. The town plays a role in the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ashley McBryde, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash
    Jun 8, 1845
    President Andrew Jackson dies of tuberculosis at his home, The Hermitage, in Nashville. As a colonel, he helped fight the "bloody British" during the War of 1812 and is referenced in the Johnny Horton country hit, "The Battle Of New Orleans"
    Oct 3, 1854
    Robert Craig is born in Giles County, Tennessee. His son, Francis Craig, writes the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette 30 years later
    Apr 26, 1857
    Thomas Kelley Colley is born in Manchester, Tennessee. His daughter, Sarah Colley, will come to prominence as Grand Ole Opry comedian Minnie Pearl
    Jul 28, 1862
    Fannie Frost is born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Her son, Francis Craig, writes the 1947 pop hit "Near You," which becomes a country hit for George Jones & Tammy Wynette in 1977
    Oct 7, 1870
    Uncle Dave Macon is born in Smart Station, Tennessee. The singer, comedian and banjo player becomes an early star in country music through his membership in the Grand Ole Opry. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1966
    Jul 22, 1874
    Obed Pickard is born in Ashland City, Tennessee. Following his 1926 debut on the Grand Ole Opry, he becomes the first singing star on the WSM radio show, which is dominated by instrumental string bands in its early years
    Sep 15, 1874
    Fannie House is born in Bolivar, Tennessee. She gives birth as an adult to Grand Ole Opry comedian Minnie Pearl

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