On this Country Day in History
2005 Dierks Bentley's album Modern Day Drifter is certified gold.
2005 Publicists for both Kenny Chesney and actress Renee Zellweger confirm that their four-month marriage has been annulled. Renee's legal papers cite "fraud" but do not go into specifics. The Oscar winner releases a statement saying the word is "simply legal language and not a reflection on Kenny's character."
2004 Deana Carter gives birth to a son, Gray Hayes Hicky.
2001 Cyndi Thomson's debut single, "What I Really Meant to Say," tops Billboard's country chart.
1992 Garth Brooks releases his album The Chase."
1987 Hank Williams Junior's Born to Boogie album is certified gold.
1981 Alabama's Feels So Right album is certified platinum.
1979 Charley Pride tops the Billboard country chart with "You're My Jamaica."
1978 Crystal Gayle's When I Dream and Kenny Rogers' Love or Something Like It albums are certified gold.
1973 Conway Twitty hits the top of Billboard's country chart with "You've Never Been This Far Before."
1957 Patsy Cline marries Charlie Dick.
1956 Elvis Presley tops the Billboard country chart with the double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel"/"Hound Dog."
2008 Darius Rucker releases his first country C-D, Learn to Live.
2006 Steve Holy's "Brand New Girlfriend" climbs to the top of Billboard's country chart.
2005 Reba McEntire returns to the small screen for the fifth season premiere of Reba on the W-B.
2005 Sara Evans' "A Real Fine Place to Start" takes over the top spot on Radio & Records' country chart. It will top Billboard's chart on the 17th.
2005 Trace Adkins is hospitalized following a concert in Morton, Minnesota. Doctors diagnose an abdominal inflammation and immediately perform surgery.
2002 Bill Engvall's Dorkfish and Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Songs albums are certified gold.
2002 Trace Adkins is in Washington, D-C to perform at a political fundraiser for Louisiana Congressman Billy Tauzin. While in the nation's capital, he headlines a U-S-O event honoring former President George Herbert Walker Bush.
2000 Trisha Yearwood is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
1995 Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" charts in its fourth incarnation -- as a duet with Vince Gill.
1995 Tim McGraw begins a five-week run at the top of the Billboard country chart with "I Like It, I Love It."
1994 Lorrie Morgan's War Paint album is certified platinum.
1992 Tanya Tucker's What Do I Do With Me album is certified platinum.
1983 Crystal Gayle's "Baby What About You" goes to number-one on the Radio & Records country chart.
1967 Tammy Wynette scores her first number-one hit as she tops the Billboard country chart with "My Elusive Dreams," a duet with David Houston.
2010 Big Kenny and wife Christiev adopt a son, Dakota Jefferson Holiday.
2008 Jessica Simpson's first country C-D, Do You Know, debuts at number-one on the country album chart.
2005 Patty Loveless is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the WorldCongressCenter in Atlanta.
2005 Terri Clark ties the knot with her tour manager and bandmate, Greg Kaczor, in the Canadian Rockies.
2004 The fourth season of Reba McEntire's hit W-B sitcom, Reba, begins.
2002 Faith Hill tapes an N-B-C concert special in Los Angeles. The show airs a couple months later, on Thanksgiving.
2002 Two weeks after his third child is born, Tracy Byrd and his wife Michelle finally decide on a name for the boy -- Jared James.
2001 Garth Brooks is scheduled to release "Beer Run," a duet with George Jones, as the first single from his upcoming Scarecrow album, but he scraps plans for the event on the heels of the September 11th terrorist attacks. Weeks later, a less rowdy song, "Wrapped Up in You," is unveiled as the lead single from the album.
2000 Farm Aid 15 is held in Bristow, Virginia. The event includes performances by Alan Jackson, Sawyer Brown and Travis Tritt, as well as event founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.
1999 Lisa Hartman Black joins husband, Clint Black, on stage in Dallas to sing "When I Said I Do" for the first time in public.
1999 Tim McGraw's "Something Like That" tops Radio & Records' country chart.
1977 Reba McEntire makes her Grand Ole Opry debut. She sings "Invitation to the Blues."
1960 Loretta Lynn makes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
1960 The Everly Brothers record "Walk Right Back" in Nashville.
1955 Elvis Presley's first number-one country hit, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," enters the charts.
2010 Singer-songwriter Casey Twist tweets the news that he and Gloriana singer Cheyenne Kimball are engaged.
2008 Craig Morgan is invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
2007 Reba McEntire's Duets album hits stores.
2007 Sara Evans comes out on top in one battle with estranged husband Craig Schelske. The previous week, Schelske filed a 118-page document alleging that Evans had affairs with nearly a dozen people. Sara fired back with a filing of her own asking the judge to dismiss those papers. In court this week, Sara reads three E-mails from her husband threatening to financially ruin her. The judge states that the couple reached an agreement during mediation. The divorce will be final 10 days later.
2006 Willie Nelson and four others are issued misdemeanor citations for possession of marijuana and narcotic mushrooms after a routine commercial inspection of his tour bus near Lafayette, Louisiana.
2005 Chris Cagle's girlfriend, Tammy, gives birth to a baby boy. Chris will find out later that he isn't the father of the baby.
2005 Founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young -- as well as board member Dave Matthews -- headline Farm Aid 2005 at the TweeterCenter in Tinley Park, Illinois. The 20th anniversary concert also features Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Widespread Panic, Los Lonely Boys, Wilco and Buddy Guy.
2001 Martina McBride releases her Greatest Hits collection.
1998 Reba McEntire receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 The Wilkinsons score their first number-one as "26 Cents" tops Radio & Records' country chart.
1997 Patty Loveless's Long Stretch of Lonesome album is released.
1997 Tracy Lawrence files for divorce from Stacie Drew, his then-wife of just over six months. They had tied the knot on March 14th, 1997.
1993 Garth Brooks tops the Billboard country chart with "Ain't Goin' Down ('Til the Sun Comes Up)."
1992 Clint Black's The Hard Way album is simultaneously certified gold and platinum.
1986 George Strait's Number Seven album is certified gold.
1971 Tom T. Hall's "The Year That Clayton Delaney Died" reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart -- becoming the best-charting single of his career.
2007 Brooks and Dunn's Greatest Hits, Volume Two is certified platinum.
2007 Kenny Chesney's Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates debuts at number-one on the country album chart.
2006 Amy Grant receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with hubby Vince Gill in attendance.
2006 Kenny Chesney's first live C-D, Live Those Songs Again, hits stores.
2006 The Wreckers' Stand Still, Look Pretty goes gold.
2004 Skeeter Davis, a Grand Ole Opry member best known for the '60s pop and country hit "The End of the World," dies after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 72.
2002 Brad Paisley kicks off the first C-M-T Most Wanted Live tour in Phoenix. Brad headlines every show on the tour, but opening acts vary through year's end. Those performers include Steve Azar, Chris Cagle, Tammy Cochran, Andy Griggs, Steve Holy, Shannon Lawson, Rascal Flatts, Tommy Shane Steiner, Phil Vassar, Pinmonkey and Darryl Worley.
2000 George Strait releases the first, self-titled album of his career. Terri Clark's Fearless and Willie Nelson's Milk Cow Blues also arrive in stores.
1998 Bryan White and LeAnn Rimes wrap their Something to Talk About tour in Phoenix, Arizona.
1996 Vince Gill's I Still Believe in You album is certified quadruple-platinum, while When I Call Your Name goes double-platinum. That same day, Reba McEntire's Merry Christmas to You album is certified platinum.
1995 Tim McGraw's All I Want album is released.
1994 BlackHawk's self-titled debut album is certified gold.
1992 Alan Jackson hits the top of Billboard's country chart with "Love's Got a Hold on You."
1991 George Strait's Greatest Hits album is certified double-platinum.
1990 Travis Tritt's album titled Country Club is certified gold.
1988 Patty Loveless releases her Honky Tonk Angel album.
1981 Lee Greenwood makes his country chart debut with "It Turns Me Inside Out." The song eventually peaks just inside the Top 20.
1981 Mickey Gilley scores a number-one hit as "You Don't Know Me" tops Billboard's country chart.
1970 Crystal Gayle hits the country charts for the first time with "I've Cried the Blue Right Out of My Eyes," a song written by her sister, Loretta Lynn.
1970 Ray Price reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with "For The Good Times."