On this Country Day in History
2007 Billy Joe Shaver shoots a man in self-defense at a bar near Waco, Texas. The victim was allegedly drunk and armed with a knife when he followed Shaver into the parking lot of Papa Joe's Saloon in Lorena, Texas.
2006 Little Big Town kicks off a string of dates with classic rocker John Mellencamp in Evansville, Indiana.
2005 Trace Adkins' CD Songs About Me enters the country album chart at number-one.
2001 Jessica Andrews' Who I Am goes gold on the same day the title track claims the number-one spot on Radio & Records' country chart.
2001 “You Are," a song written and recorded by Wynonna, plays over the closing credits of the Ashley Judd - Hugh Jackman movie Someone Like You as it opens in theaters nationwide.
1999 Alabama records "(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You" with the song's originators, the pop group 'N Sync.
1992 Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind album is certified seven-times platinum.
1989 Gilley's, the Texas honky-tonk owned by singer Mickey Gilley and made famous in the film Urban Cowboy, closes.
1974 Tanya Tucker's "Would You Lay With Me (in a Field of Stone)" tops the Billboard country chart.
1956 Johnny Cash records "I Walk the Line."
1998 Reba McEntire and Brooks and Dunn film the video for their number-one single, "If You See Him, If You See Her."
1995 Joe Diffie's "So Help Me Girl" tops Radio & Records' country chart.
1986 Alabama's Greatest Hits is certified gold and platinum.
1962 Patsy Cline spends the first of five weeks at the top of the Billboard country chart with "She's Got You."
1956 Elvis Presley makes his final appearance as a regular on the Louisiana Hayride radio show. He'll appear on the program one last time, at a November 1956 benefit concert.
2008 George Strait releases his 37th album, Troubadour.
2006 Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most" climbs to number-one on Billboard's country chart.
2002 Ty Herndon is mugged while parking his car outside of an L-A restaurant.
1998 Reba McEntire leaves Nashville for her first tour of Australia, with Kenny Rogers.
1995 Trisha Yearwood tops the Billboard country chart with "Thinkin' About You."
1991 Reba McEntire's Rumor Has It is certified platinum.
1989 George Strait hits number-one on the Billboard country chart with "Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye."
1985 Alabama's Forty Hour Week album is simultaneously certified gold and platinum.
1979 Drummer Mark Herndon joins Alabama.
1967 The Country Music Hall of Fame opens in Nashville. The six initial inductees are Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter, Jimmie Rodgers, music publisher Fred Rose, Ernest Tubb and Hank Williams.
2008 Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery breaks ground on his 16-thousand-square-foot restaurant in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
2006 Buck Owens is laid to rest in Bakersfield, California. Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Trace Atkins, Dwight Yoakam and John Berry are among those who attend the memorial service.
2006 Craig Morgan breaks his left wrist and suffers a mild concussion while competing in a dirt bike race in Bucksnort, Tennessee.
2002 Marty Stuart is charged with driving under the influence after being pulled over north of Nashville.
1994 Little Texas' "My Love" reaches the top of Billboard's country chart.
1988 Reba McEntire's "Love Will Find Its Way to You" hits number-one on the Billboard country chart.
1984 Alabama's Roll On album is simultaneously certified gold and platinum.
1977 Kenny Rogers hits the top spot on the Billboard country chart with "Lucille." It goes on to be named the C-M-A Single of the Year.
1955 Elvis Presley gets a speeding ticket for "exceeding 80 miles per hour" in his pink Cadillac outside Shreveport, Louisiana, on the way home from a gig in Houston. He pays the $25 bond at the parish jail and is released.
1949 George Morgan's "Candy Kisses" reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart.
2007 Keith Urban announces the ground-breaking for a new building at the W-O Smith Music School in Nashville. The new facility will double the school's capacity, giving more than 700 children the opportunity to explore music.
2007 Live at Texas Stadium, featuring George Strait, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet, hits stores.
2007 Martina McBride's Waking Up Laughing album arrives in stores.
2007 Nashville Star winner Angela Hacker releases her debut album -- The Winner Is Angela Hacker: Nashville Star Season Five.
2006 Garth Brooks' ex-wife Sandy is abducted at gunpoint by a man working on her Oklahoma farm.
2005 George Canyon wins Country Recording of the Year for his song "One Good Friend" at the Juno Awards, Canada's equivalent of the Grammys.
2002 Loretta Lynn's second autobiography, Still Woman Enough, is published.
2001 The soundtrack of Bridget Jones' Diary - featuring Jamie O'Neal 's cover of the Eric Carmen '70s hit "All By Myself" - is released.
2000 The New York Mets name Garth Brooks their Spring Training Rookie of the Year.
1999 Wade Hayes marries Danni Boatright in Nashville.
1992 Straight Talk, starring the very odd couple of Dolly Parton and James Woods, opens in theaters.
1987 President Reagan presents Minnie Pearl with the American Cancer Society's annual Courage Award for her personal fight against the disease.
1983 The Oak Ridge Boys' American Made album is certified gold.
1982 The Oak Ridge Boys top Billboard's country chart with "Bobbie Sue."
1975 Emmylou Harris debuts her Hot Band at a show in San Francisco.
1956 Elvis Presley performs "Heartbreak Hotel," "Money, Honey" and "Blue Suede Shoes" on The Milton Berle Show, broadcast from a docked battleship, the U-S-S Hancock.
1948 Eddy Arnold begins a nine-week run at number-one on the Billboard country chart with "Anytime." Ironically, the song ended the 21-week run of Eddy's "I'll Hold You in My Heart."