Most artists record success by the number of "weeks" on the chart.  Not Willie Nelson.

1988 - Willie Nelson becomes the first artist ever to have an album spend 10 years on the Billboard country chart as "Stardust" logs its 520th week.

2011 - As Sugarland prepares to take the stage, a wind gust collapses the stage at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. Seven people eventually die and another 45 are treated for injuries.

 

2009 - Toby Keith's "American Ride" video debuts on CMT.com.

 

2002 - The Dixie Chicks give a private show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, playing their album "Home" in its entirety in sequential order. In the audience: Marty Stuart, Ty Herndon, Little Big Town and Tim O'Brien.

 

1994 - John Michael Montgomery nabs a #1 country single in Billboard with "Be My Baby Tonight".

 

1991 - Arista releases Brooks & Dunn's debut album, "Brand New Man".

 

1988 - Keith Whitley collects his first #1 country single in Billboard with "Don't Close Your Eyes".

 

1978 - Drummer Mike Melancon born in Ecurces, Quebec. He provides a foundation for the Alberta-based band Emerson Drive, which makes its entry into American consciousness with the 2002 single "I Should Be Sleeping".

 

1973 - Andy Griggs born in Monroe, Louisiana. Influenced by Waylon Jennings and Bob Seger, his 1999 debut album nets hits with the Pure Prairie League-like "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" and the sensitive "She's More".

 

1967 - Producer Michael Knox born. He oversees Jason Aldean's hits, plus such titles as Trace Adkins' "This Ain't No Love Song" and Josh Thompson's "Beer On The Table".

 

1966 - The David Houston classic "Almost Persuaded" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

 

1924 - Vernon Dalhart records "The Wreck Of The Old '97" and "The Prisoner's Song." The two sides comprise the first million-selling single in country music history.