On this Country Day in History
2007 Josh Turner is invited to join the Grand Ole Opry.
2005 Trisha Yearwood kicks off her first full tour in three years in Mesa, Arizona.
2004 Randy Travis receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 The news emerges of a foiled murder plot against Travis Tritt in Nashville. Travis didn't know the man who was targeting him or the man who had tried to arrange the attack. As the result of a sting operation by state and federal authorities, both were arrested and held without bail.
2000 Faith Hill's Faith CD is certified five-times platinum.
2000 Keith Urban makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
1999 NBC airs the Garth Brooks: In the Life of Chris Gaines special.
1998 Lorrie Morgan's Secret Love, a collection of pop standards, and Martina McBride's White Christmas arrive in stores.
1993 Vince Gill wins five trophies, including Entertainer of the Year, at the 27th annual C-M-A Awards, where Willie Nelson is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. On the same day, his I Still Believe in You is certified double-platinum.
1992 John Michael Montgomery releases his debut album, Life's A Dance.
1976 Jerry Lee Lewis, attempting to shoot a soda bottle with a .357 magnum, hits his bass player, Norman Owens, twice in the chest. "The Killer" is charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.
1973 Tanya Tucker scores a number-one hit as "Blood Red and Goin' Down" tops Billboard's country chart.
2008 Faith Hill's long-awaited Christmas C-D lands in stores.
2008 Kellie Pickler releases her self-titled sophomore album.
2007 Dierks Bentley holds his second annual Miles and Music for Kids celebrity motorcycle ride and concert.
2007 Keith Urban is in a minor motorcycle crash in Sydney, Australia, while trying to get away from the paparazzi.
2006 Farm Aid founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young -- plus board member Dave Matthews -- headline the annual event at the TweeterCenter in Camden, New Jersey.
2006 Keith Urban plays the first of two special concerts for his online fan club, Monkeyville, at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Keith debuts several songs from his upcoming C-D, Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing.
2005 Montgomery Gentry's "Something to Be Proud Of" climbs to number one.
2002 The Dixie Chicks' Home is certified gold, platinum and double-platinum.
2002 Word breaks that Travis Tritt was the target of a foiled murder plot. The accused men are arrested in Nashville--one was hired as a "hit man" by the other.
1989 The Judds score their 14th (and final) number-one hit as "Let Me Tell You About Love" tops the Billboard country chart.
1978 Dolly Parton tops Billboard's country chart with "Heartbreaker."
1950 The Grand Ole Opry is televised for the very first time.
2005 At 29, Dierks Bentley becomes the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
2005 Montgomery Gentry's "Something to Be Proud Of" climbs to the top spot on Billboard's country chart.
2004 The Dixie Chicks take to the stage for their only scheduled concerts of 2004 as part of the Vote for Change tour, a multi-artist effort staged in the hope of unseating President George W. Bush. Two weeks of shows pair the Chicks with James Taylor.
2002 LeAnn Rimes' Twisted Angel and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken 3 arrive in stores.
2002 Brad Paisley reveals that he's engaged to actress Kimberly Williams (the Father of the Bride movies, A-B-C's According to Jim).
2001 Toby Keith's Pull My Chain album is certified gold.
1999 The movie Happy, Texas opens nationwide. The soundtrack showcases songs by Pam Tillis, Lee Roy Parnell, Brad Paisley and Emmylou Harris, among others.
1995 Farm Aid VIII takes place at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The bill includes Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Hootie and the Blowfish and Dave Matthews.
1988 Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris top the country chart with "We Believe in Happy Endings."
1986 Randy Travis' Storms of Life album is certified gold.
1977 Kenny Rogers hits number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Daytime Friends."
2007 Faith Hill releases The Hits collection, while pal Martina McBride re-releases her holiday album, White Christmas, with new artwork and four additional songs. Brooks and Dunn also release their new album, CowboyTown.
2002 Elvis Presley's 30 Number-One Hits debuts at the top of the pop and the country charts, dethroning The Dixie Chicks' Home from the number-one spot on the country list.
2001 Aaron Tippin releases a single, "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly," to benefit the American Red Cross's disaster relief fund in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
1998 Singing cowboy Gene Autry, who also once owned the Anaheim Angels, dies at 91.
1996 Brooks and Dunn are crowned Entertainer of the Year at the 30th annual C-M-A Awards. GeorgeStrait wins three awards (Male Vocalist, Single and Album of the Year), Patty Loveless is named Female Vocalist and Bryan White wins the Horizon Award. As part of the ceremony, Buck Owens, Ray Price and Patsy Montana are inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1991 Garth Brooks wins the first of his four Entertainer of the Year trophies at the 25th annual C-M-A Awards. It's one of four awards he wins that night -- he also goes home with Album, Single and Video of the Year. Vince Gill is named Male Vocalist, Tanya Tucker is Female Vocalist (though she's in a hospital, having just given birth to her first child), Travis Tritt claims the Horizon Award and The Judds take home their fourth (and final) Vocal Duo award. As part of the ceremony, songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant are inducted to the Country Music Hall of fame.
1985 Sweet Dreams, starring Jessica Lange as country music legend Patsy Cline, opens in theaters.
1984 Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton release their Once Upon a Christmas album.
1977 Elvis Presley's body is moved after an attempt to steal his coffin from a Memphis cemetery. The remains of The King and his mother are interred on the grounds of Graceland.
1970 Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee album goes gold.
1954 Elvis Presley makes his debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
2008 Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert kick off their co-headlining tour in Richmond, Virginia.
2008 The movie An American Carol, starring Trace Adkins as the "Angel of Death," hits movie theaters.
2007 Rascal Flatts' Still Feels Good debuts at the top of both the country and pop album charts with sales of more than 546-thousand copies.
2006 GeorgeStrait releases his 34th album, It Just Comes Natural. Other new releases include Chris Young and the Cracker Barrel Songs of the Year compilation, which includes songs that have won a C-M-A, A-C-M or Grammy award.
2003 Faith Hill's much-anticipated "Cry" video makes its broadcast premiere on CMT
2003 "I'm Gonna Getcha Good," the first single from Shania Twain's fourth album, Up, is rush released to radio a day earlier than planned. Within hours, it receives enough airplay to enter the country chart days later.
2000 Travis Tritt releases his Best of Intentions album.
2000 The Dixie Chicks announce that they won't tour in 2001.
1998 The 13th Farm Aid benefit concert is held just outside of Chicago. Performers include event co-founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, along with Martina McBride, Hootie and the Blowfish and Vern Gosdin.
1998 Tim McGraw tops Billboard's country chart with "Where the Green Grass Grows."
1997 Deana Carter's "How Do I Get There" hits the top of Radio & Records' country chart.
1993 Tim Rushlow (then of Little Texas) marries his longtime girlfriend, Mary Jane.
1992 Collin Raye reaches the top of Billboard's country chart with "In This Life."
1987 The Forester Sisters top the Billboard country chart with "You Again"