On this Country Day in History
2004 Gretchen Wilson is the big country winner at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
2001 Chad Brock ties the knot for the third time, marrying Natalie Bell in Las Vegas.
1999 At the Billboard Music Awards, The Dixie Chicks are named Country Album Artist, Top Country Duo or Group and Country Artist of the Year, while Emmylou Harris is presented with the Century Award.
1999 Marty Stuart is among the performers who participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D-C.
1999 Sarah McLachlan presents Emmylou Harris with the Century Award for career achievement at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.
1998 At the Billboard Music Awards, Garth Brooks is named Country Artist of the Year, while Shania Twain is chose Female Artist of the Year . Tim McGraw's "Just to See You Smile" is unveiled as the year's top country single.
1990 George Strait begins a five-week run at number-one on Billboard's country chart with "I've Come to Expect It From You."
1982 Marty Robbins dies of heart failure in Nashville. He was 57.
1976 The Eagles release the Hotel California album.
1962 Flatt and Scruggs perform at New York's Carnegie Hall. The concert is recorded for later release as an album.
2008 Kenny Chesney announces that his 2009 tour will be called Sun City Carnival.
2006 Rascal Flatts' "My Wish" climbs into the top spot on Billboard's country singles chart.
2002 Toby Keith is the big country winner at the Billboard Music Awards. Other country acts taking home awards include Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and The Dixie Chicks.
1998 C-M-T pulls Sawyer Brown's "Drive Me Wild" music video just before it's scheduled to premiere, objecting to an eight-second introduction by World Wrestling Federation star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
1995 Alan Jackson tops the Billboard country chart with "Tall, Tall Trees."
1989 Garth Brooks reaches the top of Billboard's country chart with "If Tomorrow Never Comes," his first number-one hit.
1957 Bobby Helms tops Billboard's country chart with "My Special Angel."
2008 A New Year's Eve show starring Trace Adkins and Lynyrd Skynyrd in Nashville is cancelled due to the tough economic climate.
2006 Tim McGraw's music makes up the full soundtrack of an episode of C-B-S's Cold Case.
2002 The Dixie Chicks are featured in their second N-B-C special. An Evening With the Dixie Chicks was taped several months earlier at L-A's Kodak Theater and is later released on D-V-D.
1999 Brad Paisley's "He Didn't Have to Be" goes to number-one on Radio & Records' country chart.
1999 Brett Warren of The Warren Brothers becomes a father for the first time when his wife, Rachel, gives birth to son Cole Daniel.
1996 Faron Young dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 64.
1994 John Michael Montgomery tops the Billboard country chart with "If You've Got Love."
1998 George Strait reaches number-one on Billboard's country chart with "If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin')."
1977 John Anderson makes his chart debut with "I Got a Feelin' (Somebody's Stealin')." The song fails to crack the Billboard Top 40.
1976 Glen Campbell's That Christmas Feeling album is certified gold.
1973 Charlie Rich's "The Most Beautiful Girl" single is certified gold.
1969 Elvis Presley gets his 48th gold record, for "Suspicious Minds."
1966 Tammy Wynette makes her chart debut with "Apartment Number 9." Though widely thought to be a classic, the song failed to crack Billboard's country Top 40.
1949 Tennessee Ernie Ford scores a number-one Billboard country hit with "Mule Train."
1927 The weekly W-S-M Barn Dance broadcast is officially renamed the Grand Ole Opry.
2009 Garth Brooks ends his retirement by kicking off a five-year schedule of shows at the Encore in Las Vegas.
2008 Kenny Chesney closes out the year with the top-grossing country tour of the year. Billboard magazine reports that Kenny's Poets and Pirates trek brought in 86-million dollars in 2008.
2006 Wynonna performs at the annual concert that's held in connection with the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
2001 Garth Brooks' Scarecrow album is simultaneously certified gold, platinum, double- and triple-platinum.
2000 Lee Ann Womack performs "I Hope You Dance" at an all-star concert honoring the year's Nobel Peace Prize winner in Oslo, Norway.
1999 Brad Paisley's "He Didn't Have to Be" tops Billboard's country chart.
1998 Brooks and Dunn's "Husbands and Wives" tops Radio & Records' country chart. The song is a remake of a 1966 Roger Miller hit.
1996 Mindy McCready's debut C-D, Ten Thousand Angels, is certified platinum.
1993 Tracy Lawrence reaches the top of the Billboard country chart with "My Second Home."
1982 The Bellamy Brothers hit number-one on Billboard's country chart with "Redneck Girl."
1982 Diamond Rio's Marty Roe and wife Robin tie the knot.
1957 Jerry Lee Lewis weds his 13-year-old third cousin, Myra Gale Brown. She is his third wife, which becomes a problem when it is discovered that he has yet to divorce the second.
1949 Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs record their original version of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown."
1949 Hank Williams enters a New York studio for his first formal recording session.
2011 Having already written The Band Perry's hits "You Lie" and "All Your Life," the father-son-daughter trio The Henningens sign a recording deal with Sony Music Nashville.
2002 Carlene Carter is arrested on two charges of identity theft. She's accused of using someone else's identity to get prescription drugs.
2001 Ashley Judd marries racecar driver Dario Franchitti [pr: fran-KEY-tee] in Scotland. Sister Wynonna is maid-of-honor.
2000 Faith Hill and Tim McGraw wrap their Soul 2 Soul Tour in Orlando, Florida. The 64-city, five-month tour ends up being one of the ten biggest tours of the year and just passes the grosses of The Dixie Chicks' 2000 outing to rank as the top country tour of the year. It was the second time the couple had toured together -- they met and fell in love when she opened for Tim on his Spontaneous Combustion Tour in 1996.
1998 Faith Hill's "Let Me Let Go" tops Billboard's country chart.
1996 Clint Black receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He and wife Lisa Hartman Black arrive in a stagecoach, and he receives proclamations from the mayors of Nashville, Los Angeles and Houston.
1987 Reba McEntire tops the Billboard country chart with "The Last One to Know."
1970 Dolly Parton's "Joshua" debuts on the Billboard country chart. It will go on to become her first number-one hit.
1969 Elvis Presley's From Memphis to Las Vegas album is certified gold.
1957 Disc jockey Al Priddy of K-E-X Portland, Oregon, is fired for playing Elvis Presley's rendition of "White Christmas." The station has a ban on the song.