2010 - Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova" goes gold.

 

2009 - James Otto undergoes shoulder surgery for a torn rotator cuff and bone spurs.

 

2007 - Jo Dee Messina begins her first USO tour, performing for American G.I.s in Italy over a five-day period.

 

1999 - Shania Twain's "You're Still The One" is nominated for Record and Song of the Year Grammys while "Come On Over" is up for Album of the Year. The Dixie Chicks are up for Best New Artist, the first time country acts have made each of the top four categories.

 

1995 - Mary Chapin Carpenter receives four Grammy nominations, including a nod for Record of the Year for "He Thinks He'll Keep Her." "I Swear" is in the running for Song of the Year.

 

1990 - William Lee Golden marries former Miss Tennessee Brenda Kaye Hall.

 

1985 - George Strait posts a #1 single in Billboard with "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind".

 

1983 - Warner Bros. releases John Anderson's "Swingin'".

 

1980 - Kenny Rogers kicks off a three-week run at the top of the Billboard country chart with "Coward Of The County".

 

1961 - Singer-songwriter Mark Nesler born in Beaumont, Texas. He writes Tim McGraw's "Just To See You Smile," George Strait's "Living And Living Well," Aaron Tippin's "For You I Will" and Darryl Worley's "I Miss My Friend," among others.

 

1923 - Sam Phillips born in Florence, Alabama. The founder of Sun Records, he plays an important role in the development of rockabilly by signing and producing such acts as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis.