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5 Fun Facts About July 9 In Tennessee History

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1. On July 9, 1863, the Battle of Chattanooga began during the American Civil War. Union forces under General William Rosecrans fought against Confederate troops commanded by General Braxton Bragg. The battle ended with a Union victory and secured control of Chattanooga for the Union Army.

2. Tennessee became the 16th state to abolish the death penalty on July 9, 2019. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed a bill into law that allowed for life imprisonment without the possibility of parole as the highest punishment for first-degree murder convictions.

3. The Seelbach Hilton Hotel in downtown Nashville opened its doors on July 9, 1905. The hotel is known for its opulent architecture and luxurious amenities, and has played host to many famous guests over the years, including F. Scott Fitzgerald and Al Capone.

4. In 2014, on July 9, the town of College Grove, Tennessee made national news when a magnitude 3.5 earthquake was felt throughout the area. The quake, which occurred at 2:47 am, was the strongest in the state in nearly a year.

5. On July 9, 2004, the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville celebrated its 29th anniversary with a special concert featuring performances by country music legends Dolly Parton, George Jones, and Vince Gill. The Opry House has been a staple of the Nashville music scene since its opening in 1974, and continues to host concerts and events to this day.
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