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5 Fun Facts About June 3 In Tennessee History

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1. In 1861, the Battle of Memphis took place during the American Civil War. Union forces, led by Commodore Charles Davis, defeated Confederate naval forces, forcing them to abandon the city of Memphis.

2. On June 3, 1965, astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space during the Gemini 4 mission. White spent 23 minutes outside the spacecraft before returning to the safety of the cabin.

3. In 1950, Memphis became the first city in the United States to have a public housing project for African Americans. The Lemoyne Gardens complex was built to address the city's housing shortage and was home to over 500 families.

4. On June 3, 1910, the Hull-Dobbs Automobile Company was founded in Memphis. The company produced high-end cars for the Southern market and was known for its luxury and performance. The company closed in 1928.

5. The Ryman Auditorium, known as the "Mother Church of Country Music," opened its doors on June 3, 1892. The venue was home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 and has hosted many musical legends, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Hank Williams.
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