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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In Tennessee History

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1. On January 24, 2003, the Tennessee Titans played their last game at their former home, the Adelphia Coliseum, before moving to their current home, Nissan Stadium.

2. The Battle of Stones River, one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War, came to an end on January 24, 1863, with a Union victory. The battle, which lasted three days, resulted in more than 23,000 casualties.

3. On January 24, 1848, James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States and a native of Tennessee, signed the treaty that ended the Mexican-American War. The treaty ceded a significant portion of Mexico's territory to the United States, including California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

4. Tennessee became the 16th state of the United States on June 1, 1796. However, it was not until January 24, 1797, that the state's first governor, John Sevier, was inaugurated.

5. On January 24, 1961, the University of Tennessee formally desegregated when the first black undergraduate student, Harold A. Franklin, enrolled. Franklin faced significant challenges and harassment during his time at the university, but his presence helped pave the way for future generations of black students.
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