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Music City Firsts

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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