2010 - Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens sing "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" after a restored circle of historic wood is returned to the Grand Ole Opry House stage in the aftermath of a May flood.

 

2007 - Chuck Wicks sings "Stealing Cinderella" in his Grand Ole Opry debut.

 

1998 - Trisha Yearwood collects a gold album for "Where Your Road Leads".

 

1992 - Sammy Kershaw surfaces with his first gold album, "Don't Go Near The Water".

 

1984 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band tops the Billboard country chart for the first time with "Long Hard Road (The Sharecropper's Dream)".

 

1979 - "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" brings The Charlie Daniels Band a #1 country single in Billboard.

 

1970 - Jo Dee Messina born in Holliston, Massachusetts. After releasing her first album in 1996, she becomes a significant performer by mining strong, survivor themes, taking the Country Music Association's Horizon Award in 1999.

 

1961 - Billy Ray Cyrus born in Flatwoods, Kentucky. The novelty hit "Achy Breaky Heart" brings him instant fame in 1992. He maintains an avid core audience even when the hits slow down and turns to acting on the TV series "Doc" and "Hannah Montana".

 

1956 - George Jones joins the Grand Ole Opry for the first time.

 

1949 - Henry Paul born in Kingston, New York. After stints with the Southern rock band The Outlaws and his own group, he becomes the lead singer of BlackHawk, combining '70s rock influences with a country base in numerous hook-filled hits during the 1990s.