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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In Tennessee History

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1. In 1862, the Battle of Clarksville took place in Tennessee during the Civil War. Union forces under General Eleazar A. Paine captured the city, which was a key manufacturing and transportation center for the Confederacy. The battle lasted for several hours and resulted in the deaths of over 100 soldiers.

2. On August 7, 1927, the first commercial flight from New York to Los Angeles stopped in Nashville, Tennessee. The flight, which was operated by American Airways, took 25 hours and 15 minutes and included stops in several other cities along the way.

3. Country music legend Dolly Parton was born on August 7, 1946 in Sevier County, Tennessee. Parton grew up poor in the mountains of eastern Tennessee but went on to become one of the most successful and influential musicians in history. She has won numerous awards and sold millions of albums worldwide.

4. On August 7, 1987, the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville opened its newest attraction, the Screamin' Delta Demon roller coaster. The coaster was one of the tallest and fastest in the world at the time, reaching speeds of up to 50 miles per hour and heights of over 100 feet.

5. In 2009, a methane gas explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia killed 29 miners. Many of the miners were from Tennessee and the incident sparked renewed concerns about mine safety and the use of explosives in underground mining operations.
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