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5 Fun Facts About October 27 In Tennessee History

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1. In 1967, a fire broke out at the event dubbed "The Night of the 100 Frights" at the Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee. The event was a Halloween haunted house fundraiser, and tragically, 16 people, mostly teenagers, lost their lives in the blaze. The event is considered one of the deadliest fires in U.S. history.

2. On October 27, 1880, James McDonogh became the first person executed in Tennessee's electric chair. The chair was introduced as a more humane method of execution, but McDonogh's execution was botched, and he reportedly died in agony.

3. The historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, originally opened on October 27, 1892, as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. The venue has since hosted countless performances by legendary artists, including Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash.

4. On October 27, 1979, the body of 12-year-old Cary Ann Medlin was found in the woods outside the town of Norris, Tennessee. The case remained unsolved for over three decades until DNA evidence led to the arrest and conviction of her killer, Arthur Lee Whitfield, in 2013.

5. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which spans Tennessee and North Carolina, was formally dedicated on October 27, 1940. It is the most visited national park in the United States, with over 12 million visitors per year.
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