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5 Fun Facts About August 9 In Tennessee History

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1. On August 9, 1814, Andrew Jackson's troops defeated Creek Indians in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in Alabama, which secured Jackson's reputation as a military hero and paved the way for his presidency.

2. August 9, 1927, marked the birth of former Tennessee governor Ned McWherter, who served from 1987 to 1995 and was instrumental in improving education and the economy in the state.

3. On August 9, 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 14 people. Among the casualties was Lt. Col. William Franklin Smith Jr., a Tennessee native.

4. In 1974, August 9 was designated as Indigenous Peoples' Day in Tennessee by Governor Winfield Dunn, recognizing the state's rich Native American heritage and culture.

5. The Maryville College Woods Memorial Carillon in Maryville, Tennessee, was dedicated on August 9, 1970. The carillon, featuring 48 bells weighing a total of 10 tons, is one of the largest and most impressive in the southern United States.
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