A fitting site for this year’s Alegeus Client Success Summit, the city of Nashville boasts a pioneering spirit to go along with its deep musical roots.
Nashville native William Walker became the president of Nicaragua in 1856. No other American has become president of another country since!
The city is home to the world’s first and only full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Located in Centennial Park, it was constructed in 1896 to celebrate 100 years of Tennessee statehood.
Invented in Nashville in 1912, the Goo Goo Cluster was the first-ever combination candy bar, uniting milk chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow nougat into one delicious treat. Previous candy bars had consisted of just a single candy type.
In the 1920s, blind Vanderbilt University student Morris Frank traveled overseas to investigate the use of seeing-eye dogs. He brought the first service dog back to the U.S. in 1928 and founded The Seeing Eye, Inc. – the country’s first seeing-eye dog training school – right here in Nashville.
The first FM-broadcasting license went to Nashville’s WSM radio station in 1941. One of its announcers, David Cobb, is credited as the first person to call Nashville “Music City, USA”.
Nashville was the first Southern city to desegregate public establishments on May 10, 1960, in response to a series of nonviolent sit-ins staged by local college students at lunch counters across downtown.
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