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  • 9000 B.C. Paleo-Indians inhabit area that is now Nashville.
  • A.D. 1000-1400 Mississippian-period Indians develop advanced society characterized by mound-building and farming.
  • 1710 French fur trader Charles Charleville establishes a trading post in the area.
  • 1765 A group of long hunters camp at Mansker's Lick, north of present-day Nashville.
  • 1772 Watauga Association becomes first form of government west of the Appalachians.
  • 1775 Transylvania Purchase stimulates settlement in middle Tennessee.
  • 1778 James Robertson scouts the area and decides to found a settlement.
  • 1779 Robertson's first party of settlers arrives on Christmas Eve.
  • 1780 Second of Robertson's parties of settlers, led by Col. John Donelson, arrives by boat in April; in May, settlement of Nashborough founded.
  • 1781 Battle of the Bluffs fought with Cherokee Indians.
  • 1784 The small settlement's name changed from Nashborough to Nashville.
  • 1796 Tennessee becomes the 16th state.
  • 1814 Andrew Jackson, a Nashville resident, leads the Tennessee militia in the Battle of New Orleans and gains national stature.
  • 1840 Belle Meade plantation home built.
  • 1843 State capital moved from Murfreesboro to Nashville.
  • 1850 Nashville is site of convention held by nine Southern states that jointly assert the right to secede.
  • 1862 Nashville becomes first state capital in the South to fall to Union troops.
  • 1864 Battle of Nashville, last major battle initiated by the Confederate army.
  • 1866 Fisk University, one of the nation's first African-American universities, founded.
  • 1873 Vanderbilt University founded.
  • 1897 The Parthenon built as part of the Nashville Centennial Exposition.
  • 1920 Nashville becomes center of nation's attention as Tennessee becomes 36th state to give women the vote, thus ratifying the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1925 WSM-AM radio station broadcasts first Grand Ole Opry program.
  • 1943 Grand Ole Opry moves to Ryman Auditorium, in downtown Nashville.
  • 1944 Nashville's first recording studio begins operation at WSM-AM radio.
  • 1950s Numerous national record companies open offices and recording studios in Nashville.
  • Late 1950s to early 1960s Record company competition and pressure from rock 'n' roll change the sound of country music, giving it a higher production value that comes to be known as the "Nashville sound."
  • 1972 Opryland USA theme park opens in Nashville.
  • 1974 Grand Ole Opry moves to a new theater at the Opryland USA theme park.
  • 1993 Ryman Auditorium closes for a renovation that will make the Grand Ole Opry's most famous home an active theater once again.
  • 1994 With the opening of the Wildhorse Saloon and the Hard Rock Cafe, and the reopening of the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville becomes one of the liveliest cities in the South.
  • 1996 Nashville Arena opens in downtown Nashville.
  • 1997 Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park opens north of state capitol building.
  • 1999 NFL Tennessee Titans move into new Coliseum, and NHL Nashville Predators move into Gaylord Entertainment Center (now Sommet Center) downtown.
  • 2000 Titans take a trip to the Super Bowl as AFC champs. Opry Mills, a 1.2-million-square-foot entertainment and shopping complex, rises from the ashes of the demolished Opryland amusement park.
  • 2001 Two new world-class venues open downtown: the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The CMA Fest (formerly known as Fan Fair) moved from its long-time home at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to downtown Nashville.
  • 2005 Centennial Park, a 132-acre green oasis and home to the Parthenon in Nashville's West End, becomes one of the first parks in the U.S. to get wireless Internet access.
  • 2006 Nashville celebrates its bicentennial. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, modeled after the ornate concert halls of Old Europe, opens downtown.
  • 2009 Nashville's Gulch neighborhood is the first neighborhood in the South to receive "LEED for Neighborhood Development" (LEED ND) certification.

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