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5 Fun Facts About November 6 In Tennessee History

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1. In 1835, the state of Tennessee chartered the Memphis and Charleston Railroad, which was the first railroad built in Tennessee. The railroad linked the city of Memphis on the Mississippi River to the port of Charleston on the Atlantic Coast.

2. On November 6, 1860, Tennessee held a referendum on secession from the United States. The state's voters narrowly rejected secession by a margin of 69,096 to 57,798. However, following the outbreak of the Civil War the following year, Tennessee became one of the first states to secede.

3. Tennessee-born author and journalist Alex Haley was born on November 6, 1921. Haley is best known for his award-winning novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, which chronicles the history of an African American family from its origins in West Africa through slavery and the Civil War to the present day.

4. On November 6, 1986, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) completed construction of the Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant, the first new nuclear reactor to be built in the United States in two decades. The plant is located on the Tennessee River near Spring City and has a capacity of 1,170 megawatts.

5. On November 6, 2018, Democrat Marsha Blackburn defeated Democrat Phil Bredesen in the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee. Blackburn, who had represented the state's 7th Congressional District since 2003, became the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee.
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