2010 - Charley Pride is part of an 18-person investor group headed by Nolan Ryan that buys the Texas Rangers baseball team for $593 million at auction in Fort Worth.

 

2008 - Mercury releases Jamey Johnson's album "That Lonesome Song".

 

2005 - The Recording Industry of America certifies Keith Urban's "Be Here" album double-platinum.

 

1995 - Alan Jackson turns up at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "I Don't Even Know Your Name".

 

1989 - Dolly Parton scores a #1 country single with "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That".

 

1984 - Brian Bandas born. He's a founding member of Love And Theft, which earns a hit with its 2009 debut, "Runaway".

 

1968 - Terri Clark born in Montreal, Quebec. Raised in Calgary, she emerges in 1995 as a feisty, confident vocalist, netting successes such as "Better Things To Do," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "When Boy Meets Girl" and the softer "Now That I've Found You".

 

1961 - Fiddler Mark O'Connor born in Seattle, Washington. He wins the Country Music Association's musician of the year award six times, appearing on more than 450 country recordings, and wins a Grammy for "Restless".

 

1959 - Singer-songwriter Darrell Scott born in London, Kentucky. Gaining credibility as an alternative-country act, he scores hits by writing Travis Tritt's "It's A Great Day To Be Alive," The Dixie Chicks' "Long Time Gone" and Sara Evans' "Born To Fly".

 

1957 - Elvis Presley registers a #1 country single in Billboard magazine with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear".

 

1940 - Songwriter Bobby Braddock born in Auburndale, Florida. His credits include George Jones & Tammy Wynette's "Golden Ring," Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today," Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy" and Toby Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me".