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This Week in Nashville History

Week 5: January 29th - February 4th

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Demonbreun's Cave

© Jan Duke
January 29th
-Oprah Winfrey, who began her TV career in Nashville in 1973, was born on January 29th, 1954.
-On January 29th, 1951, the worst ice storm in Nashville's history begins, causing a complete stalemate of transportation in Nashville for two days. Frozen precipitation starts during the evening, with 1.6" of snow and ice accumulating by midnight.

January 30th
The Fire Alarm Telegraph, with over 20 miles of wire, went into operation on January 30th, 1875.

January 31st
James K. Polk spent the night at The Nashville Inn, the Democratic headquarters, on January 31st, 1845, before departing the next day to be inaugurated as President.

February 1st
Local Judge Dickinson is nominated by President Grover Cleveland to be the Assistant Attorney General of the United States.

February 2nd
Timothy Demonbreun's Cave, located on the Cumberland River, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 2nd, 1980.

February 3rd
Buddy Holly and Richie Valenz die in a plane crash on February 3rd, 1959.

February 4th
-Professional Baseball Player, Alphonzo De Ford "Lefty" Davis was born on February 4th, 1875 in Nashville. His final game was played on on July 16th, 1907.
-In 2010, The first National Tea Party Convention is held in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The event is a sell out.

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