2005 - Carrie Underwood wins FOX-TV's "American Idol" competition with a performance of the Martina McBride hit "Independence Day." She also performs "Bless The Broken Road" with Rascal Flatts at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

2005 - Garth Brooks proposes to Trisha Yearwood on one knee in front of more than 7,000 fans at the Crystal Palace, in Bakersfield, California. She says yes. He proceeds to sing "Amarillo By Morning" and "Friends In Low Places".

2002 - Alan Jackson launches a four-week ride at #1 in Billboard with "Drive (For Daddy Gene)".

1991 - Doug Stone rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "In A Different Light".

1976 - Singer-guitarist Cody Canada born in Pampa, Texas. He becomes the frontman for one of Dierks Bentley's favorite alt-country bands, Cross Canadian Ragweed.

1973 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band earns its first gold album, for "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," featuring Maybelle Carter, Roy Acuff, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis, Vassar Clements, Norman Blake, Junior Huskey and Bashful Brother Oswald.

1943 - Mirriam Johnson born in Phoenix. She's better known as Jessi Colter, the wife of Waylon Jennings and the singer of "I'm Not Lisa".

1936 - Singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall born in Olive Hill, Kentucky. Nicknamed "The Storyteller," he earns a string of plot-thick hits  and writes titles such as "Harper Valley P.T.A." and "Little Bitty" en route to the Country Music Hall of Fame.