On this day: America’s most lopsided football game

On the 7th of October, 1916, a college football game was played between Cumberland and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA. Tech on the left. Score 0 - 222

The infamous game. Georgia Tech on the left. Source.

On the 7th of October, 1916, a college football game was played between Cumberland and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, USA.

GT_Cumberland_222_scoreboardScoreboard at the end of the 1916 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech football game.

The final scoreboard.

Cumberland, from Tennessee, failed to score at all, leading the most lopsided score in the history of the sport: 0 – 222. The college had already discontinued its football program, but were not allowed to back out of the game.


On this day: the Butler Act is enacted

On the 21st of March, 1925, the Butler Act, a Tennessee law banning the teaching of evolution, and forcing public school teachers to acknowledge the Biblical account of the origin of humankind, came into effect.

The Butler Act 1925 Tennessee law prohibiting public school teachers denying Biblical account of man's origin. Signed into law by Tennessee governor Austin Peay. The law also prevented t

Austin Peay

Signed into law by Austin Peay, the Governor of Tennessee, it was infamously challenged in court a few weeks afterwards.

Tennessee verses John T. Scopes Trial, "Dayton, Tennessee", July 1925,  William Silverman Photographs, accession #10-042, View of trial proceedings outdoors (man taking down "Read Your Bible" sign)

The Scopes Trial.

The law stayed in effect until 1967.


On this day: the Great Train Wreck of 1918

The Great Train Wreck of 1918 occurred on July 9, 1918, in Nashville, Tennessee.

At 7:20am on the 9th of July, 1918, two passenger trains collided in Nashville, Tennessee.

Widely considered to be the worst rail accident in US history, 101 people were killed and another 171 injured.

On this day: the Battle of Nashville

The Battle of Nashville was part of the US Civil War, and took place from the 15th to the 16th of December, 1864. The Union won.

This photograph was taken on the 16th, and shows the Federal outer line:

Battle of Nashville Federal outer line, December 16, 1864.

Picture source.

At least several hundred people were killed. 387 Federal soldiers were killed, and 112 went missing. However, as most Confederate units did not submit a report of the battle, their losses are unknown. It is generally assumed their losses were greater.