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5 Fun Facts About August 30 In Tennessee History

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1. On August 30, 1935, the first commercial radio station in Tennessee, WSM, aired the inaugural broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry, a radio show that would become one of the most important and influential forces in country music.

2. On August 30, 1956, Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips played a new single on the air: "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. The song became an instant hit and helped launch Presley's career into superstardom.

3. On August 30, 1963, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium, where he urged the audience to continue the fight for racial equality and justice.

4. On August 30, 1983, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) completed the restoration of the historic Cumberland River's navigation channel, a major waterway system for shipping in Middle Tennessee.

5. On August 30, 1999, Tennessee native Dolly Parton launched the Imagination Library, a program she founded to provide free books to children from birth until age five in order to encourage a love for reading and learning. The program is now operational in all 50 states and in multiple countries around the world.
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