2009 - Broken Bow releases Jason Aldean's album "Wide Open".

 

2006 - Tornadoes slam Middle Tennessee, killing at least a dozen people. The Sumner County home of The Oak Ridge Boys' William Lee Golden is destroyed, though his family is unhurt.

 

2003 - Toby Keith wins three trophies at the second annual CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center, owing to "Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American)".

 

2001 - Jessica Andrews' "Who I Am" nets a #1 country single in Billboard.

 

1999 - Shania Twain's "Come On Over" album is recognized for shipments of 10 million copies, making her the first country female to have two albums reach that mark.

 

1990 - Willie Nelson hosts Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis. Elton John dedicates "Candle In The Wind" to AIDS patient Ryan White, who dies that night. Also on hand: Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp and Neil Young.

 

1959 - Marty Robbins records "El Paso" and "Big Iron" in the same recording session at the Bradley Film & Recording Studio in Nashville while cutting the entire "Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs" album in a single day.

 

1956 - Carl Perkins takes the classic "Blue Suede Shoes" to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

1951 - Restless Heart drummer John Dittrich born in Batavia, New York. He offers harmonies on a string of significant recordings, and sings lead on "When She Cries," moving on after the group's first split to co-found the short-lived group Buffalo Club.

 

1935 - Bobby Bare born near Ironton, Ohio. He earns a reputation as a champion for songwriters and for good songs, garnering hits with "500 Miles Away From Home," "Marie Laveau" and "Detroit City," which earns him a Grammy in 1963.