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  • Jun 8, 1845
    President Andrew Jackson dies of tuberculosis at his home, The Hermitage, in Nashville. As a colonel, he helped fight the "bloody British" during the War of 1812 and is referenced in the Johnny Horton country hit, "The Battle Of New Orleans"
    Nov 30, 1889
    Vito Pellettieri is born in Nashville. Beginning in 1934, he assists George D. Hay in organizing the Grand Ole Opry in his longtime role as stage manager. Pellettieri also co-writes Roy Acuff's 1948 hit "Unloved And Unclaimed"
    Sep 4, 1890
    Belmont College opens in Nashville. The school develops a music business curriculum in the 1970s, providing an important building block for such acts as Trisha Yearwood, Brad Paisley, Josh Turner and Florida Georgia Line, among others
    May 12, 1892
    The Ryman Auditorium opens for public services as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in downtown Nashville. It eventually hosts the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974
    Jun 22, 1897
    The balcony is completed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, future home of the Grand Ole Opry. The extra level of seats is installed to accommodate an upcoming convention of Civil War veterans and is dubbed the Confederate Gallery
    Dec 11, 1902
    The Nashville Musicians Union--Local 257--is founded. All musicians who play on a "master" recording are paid through the AFM
    Dec 23, 1904
    Riverboat captain Thomas Ryman, who funded construction of the Union Tabernacle, dies in Nashville. After his passing, the building is renamed the Ryman Auditorium, eventually becoming the venue for the Grand Ole Opry
    Dec 25, 1904
    During riverboat captain Thomas Ryman's funeral at Nashville's Union Gospel Tabernacle, the building is renamed the Ryman Auditorium. It becomes a significant live venue, hosting the Grand Ole Opry for more than 30 years
    Jan 9, 1911
    Entertainment journalist Red O'Donnell is born in Nashville. He becomes one of the first reporters to write regularly about country music for The Nashville Banner
    Jun 15, 1911
    Piano player Marvin Hughes is born in Nashville. His credits include: Faron Young's "Country Girl," Elvis Presley's "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You," Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" and Jim Reeves' "He'll Have To Go," on which he plays vibes

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