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1986

Dollywood theme park opens

Tennesseeing is Tenness-believing

So how exactly did Pigeon Forge get it’s name? Did they actually fuel their blacksmithing equipment by incinerating the unpopular urban bird? We may never know. But thankfully, that side of the Tennessee town has been erased from the history books, thanks to the efforts of one tiny, iconic country songstress. After stints as the slight... Read more >

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1469

Niccolo Machiavelli is born

On this day in 1469, the Italian philosopher and writer Niccolo Machiavelli is born. A lifelong patriot and diehard proponent of a unified Italy, Machiavelli became one of the fathers of modern political theory. Machiavelli had already entered the political service of his native Florence by the time he was 29. As Defence Secretary, he distinguished himself by executing policies that strengthene... Read more >