1779-1780: Fort Nashborough founded at the Great French Lick on the Cumberland River in the winter of 1779-1780 by James Roberson and John Donelson. Named in honor of the Revolutionary War general Francis Nash.
1784: Name changed to Nashville.
1796: Tennessee becomes the 16th state of the Union.
1806: Nashville incorporates.
1843: Nashville becomes permanent state capital of Tennessee.
1861: June 8 Tennessee secedes from the Union.
1862: Feb. 16 fall of Fort Donelson leads to the capture and occupation of Nashville by Union forces.
1864: Dec. 15-16 Battle of Nashville - Confederate General John Bell Hood fails to retake the city.
1866: July 24 Tennessee re-admitted to Union.