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5 Fun Facts About June 13 In Tennessee History

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1. On June 13, 1862, the Battle of Murfreesboro began during the American Civil War. It was a significant battle as it marked General Braxton Bragg's first attempt to invade the North.

2. In 1967, Tennessee Governor Buford Ellington signed a new state constitution that abolished racially segregated schools in the state. It was a landmark moment for civil rights in Tennessee.

3. On June 13, 1971, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park celebrated its 36th anniversary. The park, which straddles the Tennessee-North Carolina border, is the most visited national park in the United States.

4. In 1987, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced plans to build a $3.3 billion dollar nuclear power plant in eastern Tennessee. The project was eventually abandoned in 1988 due to environmental concerns.

5. On June 13, 2015, the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL) made history by drafting Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk with the #11 overall pick. He became the first-ever Russian-born player to be selected in the first round of an NHL draft by the Predators.
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