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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In Tennessee History

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1. On February 7, 1901, the Tennessee State Capitol was officially dedicated. The building had been under construction for 14 years and cost $2 million to build. The dedication ceremony was attended by 20,000 people, including President William McKinley.

2. On February 7, 1960, four African American students from North Carolina A&T State University staged a sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. This event inspired similar protests across the country, including in Tennessee. In Nashville, students from Fisk University and other colleges staged sit-ins at downtown lunch counters, leading to the desegregation of these establishments.

3. On February 7, 1984, the Tennessee Waltz became the official state song of Tennessee. The song, written by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, is a tribute to the beauty and culture of the state of Tennessee.

4. On February 7, 1990, the Tennessee Titans officially became a franchise in the National Football League (NFL). Originally known as the Houston Oilers, the team moved to Tennessee in 1997 and was renamed the Titans in 1999. The team's home stadium is Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

5. On February 7, 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee declared a state of emergency due to severe weather conditions. A winter storm had brought snow, ice, and freezing rain to the state, causing power outages, road closures, and dangerous driving conditions. The state of emergency allowed for the activation of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to coordinate response efforts.
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