2008 - Gretchen Wilson takes her final exam at a high school in Wilson County, Tennessee. She passes the test, qualifying to receive her GED.

2010 - Hank Williams is honored with a special citation for "craftsmanship as a songwriter" as the Pulitzer Prize winners are announced.

 

2000 - Bill Anderson and Jon Randall write "Whiskey Lullaby".

 

1997 - Travis Tritt marries model Theresa Nelson at his home in Paulding County, Georgia, with Marty Stuart serving as best man. Tritt sings "More Than You'll Ever Know" to the bride. Also attending: Lari White, Tanya Tucker, Connie Smith and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

 

1993 - Curb releases Tim McGraw's self-titled debut album.

 

1989 - Capitol releases Garth Brooks' self-titled debut album.

 

1982 - Easton Corbin is born in Trenton, Florida. A 2011 Academy of Country Music nominee for Top New Solo Vocalist, he nets such traditionally influenced hits as "A Little More Country Than That," "Roll With It" and "Lovin' You Is Fun".

 

1980 - Charley Pride's remake of Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

 

1972 - The first Fan Fair begins in Nashville's Municipal Auditorium.

 

1961 - The Marty Robbins recording "El Paso" wins Best Country & Western Performance during the third annual Grammy Awards.

 

1957 - Vince Gill is born in Norman, Oklahoma. After work with the pop group Pure Prairie League, he becomes a solo country artist, with his songwriting, guitar work and soft voice making him a frequent Grammy winner and Country Music Hall of Famer.