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5 Fun Facts About March 29 In Tennessee History

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1. On March 29, 1865, the Confederate Army of Tennessee officially surrendered to Union forces at Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina. This surrender marked the end of major Confederate military resistance in the American Civil War.

2. The first recorded performance of professional basketball in Tennessee took place on March 29, 1946, when the Tri-Cities Blackhawks defeated the New York Knicks 74-65 at the old Johnson City Armory.

3. On March 29, 1779, a small group of American soldiers commanded by Colonel John Donelson began the dangerous voyage downstream from Fort Patrick Henry near present-day Kingsport, Tennessee. This journey, known as the "Donelson Flotilla," would eventually lead to the formation of the first permanent American settlement in Middle Tennessee.

4. March 29, 1929 saw the completion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which was established to preserve the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains region and offer a recreational area for tourists and locals alike.

5. On March 29, 1961, the Tennessee Historical Commission was officially formed to provide a statewide program of historical preservation and education. Since then, the commission has worked to identify and preserve the historic sites and structures that represent Tennessee's rich cultural heritage.
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