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  • Oct 18, 1968
    Plans are announced for the creation of the Opryland theme park in Nashville. Affiliated with the Grand Ole Opry, the grounds eventually provide a home for Roy Acuff, while the park spawns such acts as Little Texas, Diamond Rio, Chely Wright and Deborah Allen
    May 27, 1972
    Nashville's Opryland theme park officially opens to the public. The grounds become the home for Roy Acuff, while the park is a launching pad for such talents as Diamond Rio, Little Texas, Chely Wright and songwriter Dean Dillon
    Sep 6, 1972
    The syndicated "Porter Wagoner Show," featuring Dolly Parton, becomes the first TV show taped at Opryland USA
    Apr 24, 1976
    The National Life & Accident Insurance Company announces plans to build a new 615-room hotel adjacent to the Grand Ole Opry House on Briley Parkway in Nashville: The Opryland Hotel
    Nov 26, 1977
    Opryland Hotel opens on Briley Parkway, with 600 rooms. In its first decade, the hotel will use more than 17,000,000 eggs and spend $10,000-a-year on light bulbs
    Jul 1, 1983
    Gaylord Broadcasting announces it's signed a letter of intent to purchase all Opryland properties, for a reported $250 million. Included in the deal is the Nashville Network
    Sep 1, 1983
    Gaylord Broadcasting officially takes over control of Opryland, including WSM Radio, the Grand Ole Opry and TNN
    Mar 27, 1985
    Opryland announces it's signed a letter of intent to buy Acuff-Rose Publishing, including songs written by Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and Marty Robbins
    May 28, 1985
    Roy Acuff sells Acuff-Rose Music--including songs written by Hank Williams, Don Gibson, Roy Orbison and The Everly Brothers--to Gaylord Entertainment, which forms the Opryland Music Group
    Dec 31, 1997
    Nashville's Opryland theme park, named for the Grand Ole Opry, closes, to make way for the 2000 opening of the Opry Mills shopping mall

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