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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In Tennessee History

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1. In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Memphis, Tennessee, where he gave his famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech at the Mason Temple. The next day, he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis.

2. In 1862, the Battle of Glorieta Pass took place in New Mexico as part of the Civil War. A detachment of Union soldiers from Tennessee, called the Third Regiment, fought in the battle and helped secure the Union victory.

3. In 1793, William Blount, the Governor of the Southwest Territory of which Tennessee was a part, was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for conspiring to sell land to British investors. He was the first federal official to be impeached, and was later expelled from the Senate.

4. In 1957, the Tennessee Gas Transmission Company began construction on a pipeline that would transport natural gas from Texas to the Northeast. The pipeline would eventually become one of the largest interstate natural gas pipelines in the country.

5. In 2005, an EF-3 tornado struck the town of Gallatin, Tennessee, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak of severe weather across the southern United States that week, which resulted in over 50 fatalities.
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