2009 - Love And Theft performs "Runaway" in its Grand Ole Opry debut.

 

2005 - Reba McEntire is toasted with a surprise 50th birthday party at a club inside Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. She's serenaded by Ronnie Dunn, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill and Terri Clark with a band assembled by producer Tony Brown.

 

2003 - Carolyn Dawn Johnson marries Matt Fisher in Banff, Alberta.

 

2003 - CMT places Johnny Cash at #1 when it lists "The 40 Greatest Men Of Country Music." Rounding out the Top Five: Hank Williams, #2; George Jones, #3; Willie Nelson, #4; and Waylon Jennings, #5.

 

2001 - The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack goes platinum. Produced by T Bone Burnett, it features Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, Gillian Welch, John Hartford and The Cox Family.

 

1992 - Reba McEntire goes to the head of the class in Billboard, reaching #1 with "Is There Life Out There".

 

1981 - Hank Williams Jr.'s "Texas Women" hits #1 on the Billboard country chart.

1969 - Rodney Atkins born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He scores his first hit in 2003 but hits full stride with the 2006 album "If You're Going Through Hell," which notches four #1 hits.

 

1955 - Reba McEntire born in McAlester, Oklahoma. A multiple Entertainer of the Year-winner, she becomes a country icon while expanding into movies, Broadway and even a TV sitcom, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

 

1948 - Gerry House born in Covington, Kentucky. The morning show host for WSIX-FM in Nashville, House doubles as a songwriter, where his credits include: Reba McEntire's "Little Rock," George Strait's "The Big One" and Pam Tillis' "The River And The Highway".