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5 Fun Facts About November 12 In Tennessee History

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1. On November 12, 1794, the town of Nashville became the capital of the state of Tennessee. Prior to this, Knoxville had been the capital, but Nashville was chosen for its central location and proximity to the Cumberland River.

2. In 1806, legendary explorer Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, died under mysterious circumstances while traveling along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee. His death remains a subject of speculation and controversy today.

3. On November 12, 1864, Union forces under General William T. Sherman began their infamous "March to the Sea," a devastating campaign intended to cripple the Confederate South's ability to fight. The march ended in Savannah, Georgia in December of that year.

4. In 1925, the infamous "Scopes Monkey Trial" concluded in Dayton, Tennessee. The trial, which pitted evolution against creationism in the classroom, received national attention and helped to shape the debate about education in America.

5. On November 12, 1999, the Tennessee Titans football team defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-10 at Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville. The win marked the team's first home victory in their new stadium, which had opened earlier that year.
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