2009 - Darius Rucker nets a gold single for "Don't Think I Don't Think About It".

 

2006 - "The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada" opens nationally. The Tommy Lee Jones picture features Dwight Yoakam and Levon Helm, plus music by Merle Haggard, Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender, Hank Williams Jr., Flaco Jimenez and Roger Miller.

 

2005 - Keith Anderson's "Pickin' Wildflowers" video debuts on CMT.

 

1996 - Shania Twain hits the top of the Billboard country chart with "(If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!".

 

1993 - The "Pure Country" soundtrack becomes the second double-platinum album for George Strait.

 

1982 - Jessica Harp born in Kansas City, Missouri. She becomes a member of The Wreckers, a duo with Michelle Branch, after working as a member of Branch's backup band.

 

1978 - The "Waylon & Willie" album is certified gold. It's Waylon's sixth gold album, Willie's third.

 

1968 - Singer-songwriter Matraca Berg born in Nashville. She writes Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine," Reba McEntire's "The Last One To Know," Martina McBride's "Wild Angels" and Patty Loveless' "You Can Feel Bad," among others.

 

1959 - Rock pioneer Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa, along with touring partners The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. Holly's bass player, Waylon Jennings, gave up a seat on the plane.

 

1958 - "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen" brings Johnny Cash to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.