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This Week in Nashville History

Week 52: December 24th – December 31st


This Week in Nashville History

Andrew Johnson

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December 24th
Nashville was founded by James Robertson and a party of Wataugans on Christmas Eve, in 1779, and was originally called Fort Nashborough, after the American Revolutionary War hero Francis Nash.

December 25th
-Baseball Player,William Benjamin Chapman was born in Nashville on December 25th, 1908.
-Maxwell House burns on Christmas Day in 1960.

December 26th
The Union Gospel Tabernacle is renamed the Ryman Auditorium in honor of Captain Tom Ryman.

December 27th
Baseball Player, Dutch McCall was born in Nashville on December 27th, 1920.

December 28th
Baseball Player, Harry (Hank)Leon Sweeney was born in Franklin on December 28th, 1915.

December 29th
-Andrew Johnson is born today in 1808.
-Baseball Player,Tiny Graham, dies in Nashville on December 29th, 1962.

December 30th
The Cumberland River floods downtown Nashville on December 30th, 1926.

December 31st
-Country Legend, Hank Williams's dies sometime in the middle of the night on December 31st, 1952 in the back seat of his chauffeured Cadillac as he's headed to a performance.
-Opryland USA theme park officially closes on December 31st, 1997.

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