Timeline | Volume 1
1897 – The Centennial Exposition opens with the Parthenon as its centerpiece.
1900 – Union Station opens.
1902 – Centennial Park is acquired by the city, marking the beginning of Nashville's public park system.
1902 – National Life Insurance Company is founded.
1903 – The Arcade opens.
1904 – The city's first Carnegie Library opens at the corner of 8th Avenue, North, and Union Street.
1904 – Downtown street names are changed to numbered streets.
1904 – Nashville's first skyscraper is constructed at the southeast corner of Fourth Avenue, North, and Church Street.
1904 – The One-Cent Savings Bank, now Citizens Bank, opens.
1904 – Lockeland Spring water wins a prize at the St. Louis Exposition.
1905 – The African American community institutes a streetcar boycott to protest a new law requiring separation of the races on electric streetcars.
1907 – Tony Sudekum opens the first movie theater, The Dixie, on 5th Avenue, North, next to the Arcade.
1907 – Theodore Roosevelt visits Nashville.
1908 – Ex-Senator and Prohibitionist leader Edward Ward Carmack is shot on 7th Avenue, North, near Union Street by his political adversaries.
1909 – The college descended from Davidson Academy, Cumberland College, the University of Nashville, and Peabody Normal College becomes George Peabody College for Teachers.
1909 – Statewide Prohibition is passed over Governor Patterson's veto.
1910 – The Marathon Motor Car is manufactured in Nashville.
1910 – The Hermitage Hotel opens in downtown Nashville.
1910 – The world's first night airplane flight takes off from Cumberland Park in Nashville.
1911 – A Model T Ford climbs the steps of the Capitol to prove that the automobile could replace the horse.
1911 – Nashvillian James C. Napier becomes Registrar of the U.S. Treasury.
1912 – Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School, later Tennessee State University, opens.
1912 – The Eighth Avenue Reservoir ruptures, flooding the South Nashville area nearby.
1912 – Goo Goo Candy Bar is concocted.
1914 – The National American Woman Suffrage Association meets in Nashville.
1916 – East Nashville is devastated by fire.
1917 – World War I Begins
1918 – The town of Old Hickory and a powder plant are built by DuPont.
1919 – World War I Ends
1919 – 18th (Prohibition) amendment is ratified.
1919 – "Hampton Field" becomes Nashville's first airfield.
1920 – Tennessee becomes the 36th and deciding state to vote for ratification of the 19th (Woman Suffrage) Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
1920 – The first Nashville symphony orchestra was organized.
1925 – Grand Ole Opry begins.
1925 – The War Memorial Building is constructed to expand state office space.
1927 – The city buys 131 acres in West Nashville for the first airport, McConnell Field.
1927 – Percy Warner Park, Tennessee's largest municipal park, is established.
1929 – Black Tuesday, the great depression begins.
1931 – The Parthenon reopens in its permanent form.
1933 – Roosevelt announces the New Deal.
1933 – A tornado wreaks havoc on East Nashville.
1937 – The present Davidson County Courthouse is completed and opened.
1937 – Nashvillian William Edmondson becomes the first African American to be given a one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
1937 – American Airlines lands the first plane in the new airport.
1938 – The Nashville Housing Authority is created.
1941 – World War II begins with attack on Pearl Harbor.
1941 – Buses replace electric streetcars.
1941 – The first Iroquois Steeplechase is run.
1943 – Cornelia Fort becomes the first woman pilot to die on war duty in American history.
1943 – The Grand Ole Opry moves to Ryman Auditorium.
1945 – World War II ends.
1945 – Three WSM engineers open "Castle Studio," the first recording studio, in the Tulane Hotel.
1945 – The Children's Museum, now the Cumberland Science Museum, opens on Rutledge Hill.
1946 – Walter Sharp leads the founding of the Nashville Symphony.
1949 – The Capitol Hill Redevelopment Project is approved as the nation's first urban renewal project.
1950 – Capital Records becomes the first major company to locate its director of country music in Nashville.