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5 Fun Facts About April 11 In Tennessee History

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1. In 1862, during the Civil War, the Battle of Shiloh began in Hardin County. The battle lasted for two days and resulted in heavy casualties on both sides, with the Union emerging as the victor.

2. On April 11, 1979, the Tennessee State Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building, located in Nashville, was constructed in 1845 and has served as the home of the state government since then.

3. Tennessee native and country music legend Dolly Parton was born on April 11, 1946. Parton has had a long and successful career in music, film, and television, and is known for hits like "Jolene," "9 to 5," and "I Will Always Love You."

4. In 1913, the city of Memphis endured a devastating flood that destroyed much of the city and claimed the lives of over 200 people. The flood was caused by heavy rains and the failure of a levee on the Mississippi River.

5. The first ever flight of a jet-propelled aircraft in the United States took place on April 11, 1941, at the Bell Aircraft Corporation's plant in Buffalo, New York. The plane, called the XP-59A, was built by Bell and powered by engines designed by General Electric, which had a manufacturing plant in Tennessee.
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