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  • May 2, 1903
    Margaret Umensetter is born in Chattanooga. She becomes known as Sally in the Grand Ole Opry comedy duo Sarie & Sally
    Sep 15, 1903
    Roy Acuff is born in Maynardville, Tennessee. Proclaimed the King of Country Music, he becomes synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry following his 1938 debut. In 1962, he becomes the first living inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame
    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
    Jul 3, 1905
    Mandolin player Tommy Leffew is born in Tennessee. He becomes a member of The Fruit Jar Drinkers, a string band that joins the Grand Ole Opry in its early years and remains with the radio show until the 1970s
    Dec 1, 1906
    Esther Brickey is born in Townsend, Tennessee. After marrying Isaac Greene, her children will include future Grand Ole Opry star Jack Greene
    Feb 9, 1908
    Guitarist Howard Ragsdale is born in Lyles, Tennessee. He joins The Fruit Jar Drinkers, a string band that finds a home on the Grand Ole Opry from the radio show's early years until the 1970s
    May 30, 1909
    Banjo player Lewis Crook is born in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. He joins The Crook Brothers, to whom he is not related, and the act performs on the Grand Ole Opry for a whopping 62 years
    Jul 23, 1910
    Recording engineer Aaron Shelton is born in Erin, Tennessee. He co-founds the Castle Recording Studio--one of Nashville's first recording sites--and runs the board for hits by Hank Williams, Kitty Wells, Red Foley and Carl Smith, among others
    Nov 9, 1910
    Fiddler Arnim LeRoy Fox is born in Graysville, Tennessee. Known as Curly Fox, he pairs with Texas Ruby to create one of the top husband-and-wife musical teams of the 1930s and '40s

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