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5 Fun Facts About April 22 In Tennessee History

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1. In 1861, Tennessee seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy, becoming the 11th state to do so. This decision would have a significant impact on the course of the Civil War.

2. On April 22, 1889, the first professional baseball game was played in Tennessee between the Nashville Americans and the Chattanooga Lookouts. The Americans won the game 9-7 in front of a crowd of 3,000 spectators.

3. In 1914, the Highlander Folk School, an adult education center and social justice organization, was founded in Monteagle, Tennessee. The school played a key role in the civil rights movement and countercultural movements of the 20th century.

4. On April 22, 1971, the Tennessee Valley Authority inaugurated the Tellico Dam on the Little Tennessee River. The dam created Tellico Lake, a popular destination for boating and other water sports.

5. In 1996, Nashville was hit by a devastating tornado on April 16, with significant damage to buildings and infrastructure. On April 22, President Bill Clinton visited the city to survey the damage and meet with local officials and residents.
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