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5 Fun Facts About May 30 In Tennessee History

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1. On May 30, 1868, a grand military parade was held in Nashville to celebrate the ratification of the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to African Americans. The parade was the largest ever held in the city, with more than 10,000 participants.

2. On May 30, 1922, the Tennessee Centennial Exposition opened in Nashville to celebrate the state's 100th anniversary of statehood. The exposition attracted more than 1.5 million visitors and featured exhibits on agriculture, industry, and culture.

3. On May 30, 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a large crowd at the Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville. In his speech, King called for an end to segregation and discrimination, and urged listeners to work towards racial equality.

4. On May 30, 2010, severe flooding hit Nashville and other parts of Tennessee, causing widespread damage and killing more than 20 people. The flood was one of the worst natural disasters in the state's history, and led to a major relief and recovery effort.

5. On May 30, 2018, the Nashville Predators hockey team played their first ever Stanley Cup Finals home game. Although the team ultimately lost the series, their run to the finals was a major feat for the city and helped to boost Nashville's profile as a sports town.
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