2009 - George Strait headlines the inaugural event at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton. Lee Ann Womack is a last-minute replacement for Julianne Hough, who bows out with strep throat.

2008 - MCA releases the Lee Ann Womack single "Last Call" to radio.

2005 - Toby Keith picks up two gold singles, for "I Love This Bar" and his duet with Willie Nelson, "Beer For My Horses".

2004 - Trick Pony vocalist Heidi Newfield marries sports agent Bill Johnson, in Sandestin, Florida. Band mates Ira Dean and Keith Burns serve as bridesmaids, and Billy Dean performs "Slow Motion".

1998 - George Strait's "I Just Want To Dance With You" steps to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

1997 - Touchstone Pictures debuts the movie "Con Air," with Trisha Yearwood singing "How Do I Live." The picture also uses Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama".

1981 - Travis Tritt graduates from high school.

1974 - Singer-songwriter Matthew Shafer born in Mount Clemens, Michigan. Using the stage name Uncle Kracker, he establishes himself as a pop act with the 2001 hit "Follow Me," joining Kenny Chesney for the hit "When The Sun Goes Down".

1970 - Conway Twitty rises to #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Hello Darlin'".

1964 - Buck Owens' "Together Again" takes him to #1 again on the Billboard country singles chart.

1943 - Joe Stampley born in Springhill, Louisiana. He parlays an 11-year string of hits, beginning in 1972, with such titles as "Soul Song," "All These Things" and "Roll On Big Mama," expanding his career in a series of "good ol' boy" duets with Moe Bandy.