"Huckleberry Finn" is first published, the first Nobel Prizes are awarded, the first transcontinental flight ends, Playboy debuts, and "Avatar" premieres in theaters, all on this day.
1927: The phrase "Grand Ole Opry" is used for the first time on-air, during the broadcast of the "WSM Barn Dance" from Nashville, Tennessee. The show itself, which had started in November 1925, would soon take on that name.
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