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5 Fun Facts About December 24 In Tennessee History

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1. Battle of Stones River: On December 24, 1862, one of the deadliest battles in Tennessee history, the Battle of Stones River, began. Nearly 81,000 soldiers from both sides fought in the battle, resulting in over 24,000 casualties.

2. First Electric Lights: On December 24, 1880, the first electric lights lit up the streets of Memphis, Tennessee. This was one of the earliest examples of electric lighting being used for public illumination.

3. Christmas Eve Tornadoes: Tennessee has experienced several severe weather events on December 24. In 1988, a tornado outbreak hit the state, causing significant damage and loss of life. In 2015, a few tornadoes touched down in the state causing some damage.

4. Country Music Legend: On December 24, 1914, a country music legend was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. Joe Carter, better known as Joe "Cannonball" Lewis, was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who influenced many other famous musicians with his "Cannonball blues" sound.

5. Statehood Anniversary: December 24 is also the anniversary of Tennessee's admission to the Union in 1796. On this day, the state officially became the 16th state in the nation. Today, the state celebrates this anniversary as Tennessee Statehood Day.
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