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Here are 5 interesting facts about January 6 in Tennessee history:

1. On January 6, 1838, Tennessee Governor Newton Cannon signed the Cherokee Removal Bill into law, which authorized the forced removal of approximately 15,000 Cherokee people from their ancestral lands in the southeastern United States. This tragic event is known as the Trail of Tears and resulted in the deaths of thousands of Cherokee people.

2. On January 6, 1861, Tennessee became the last state to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy during the American Civil War. The decision was deeply divisive, as many Tennesseans supported the Union and did not want to leave.

3. On January 6, 1926, the Memphis Zoo opened to the public for the first time. The zoo has since become one of the most popular attractions in Tennessee, with over one million visitors each year.

4. On January 6, 1973, rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performed a benefit concert for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, raising over $350,000 for the organization. Presley had a special connection to St. Jude, as one of his close friends had a child being treated there.

5. On January 6, 1996, the Tennessee Titans (then known as the Houston Oilers) played in their first home playoff game since moving to Tennessee. The game was played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, as the Titans' new home field in Nashville was still under construction. The Titans would go on to win the game, defeating the Buffalo Bills 19-16 in overtime.

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