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5 Fun Facts About May 10 In Tennessee History

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1. On May 10, 1877, Nashville entrepreneur Joel Cheek first brewed "Maxwell House Coffee," which would go on to become one of America's most popular coffee brands.

2. May 10, 1933 was a historic day for Tennessee as Gov. Hill McAlister signed legislation enacting the state's first sales tax, starting at 2.5%.

3. In 1960, Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver won a major primary victory over President John F. Kennedy, winning the vote in his home state on May 10 and securing crucial support in his bid for the Democratic nomination.

4. On May 10, 1869, the Union Army established Fort Negley in Nashville, which was named after Union General James S. Negley and played a key role in the defense of the city during the Civil War.

5. May 10, 1975 marked the start of the "World's Longest Yard Sale," an annual event that stretches over 690 miles from Michigan to Alabama, passing through Tennessee and showcasing a unique blend of antiques, crafts, and collectibles.
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