2008 - Garth Brooks, clad in a Mets jersey, is a surprise guest at the final concert at New York's Shea Stadium, singing "Shameless" with the night's attraction, Billy Joel. Also making appearances: Steven Tyler, Roger Daltrey and Paul McCartney.

2006 - Capitol releases Eric Church's debut album, "Sinners Like Me".

2006 - Curb releases the Rodney Atkins album "If You're Going Through Hell".

2000 - DreamWorks releases Darryl Worley's debut album, "Hard Rain Don't Last".

1987 - The Judds' "I Know Where I'm Going" hits the top spot on the Billboard country chart.

1986 - Columbia Records drops Johnny Cash after 28 years on the label. Cash finds out by reading the newspaper.

1981 - Alabama rolls into #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Feels So Right".

1964 - Connie Smith makes her Grand Ole Opry debut.

1964 - Roger Miller makes his first appearance at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Dang Me".

1954 - Ricky Skaggs born in Cordell, Kentucky. Influenced by The Stanley Brothers, he leads a swing toward traditional country in the early-1980s, joining the Grand Ole Opry in 1982 and taking the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year in 1985.