1974 - John Denver's "Back Home Again" resides at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.

2011 - A Nashville judge rules Tim McGraw is free to record for a label other than Curb Records. Wife Faith Hill is in the courtroom for the decision.


2009 - Sugarland performs "Silent Night" with Jennifer Hudson on a Christmas edition of "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Tim McGraw joins Alicia Keys on John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)".


2002 - "These Days" propels Rascal Flatts to its first #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.


2000 - Two country artists are nominated in each of the three musical categories for the People's Choice Awards: Garth Brooks and George Strait, male nominees; Shania Twain and Faith Hill, female; and The Dixie Chicks and Alabama, band.


1996 - Mark Wills marries Kelly Mangus near Atlanta, Georgia.


1995 - Martina McBride joins the Grand Ole Opry during the taping of a CBS-TV special, "Grand Ole Opry 70th Anniversary Celebration," at the Opry House.


1990 - Garth Brooks receives the first of many multi-platinum certifications, as the "No Fences" album goes double-platinum.


1975 - Mindy McCready born in Fort Myers, Florida. Her sassy, confident approach nets late-1990s hits with "Ten Thousand Angels" and "Guys Do It All The Time," but she falls into a publicly reported downward spiral a decade later.


1937 - Record executive and producer Jimmy Bowen born in Santa Rita, New Mexico. After starting in pop, he works for MCA, Elektra and Capitol, producing hits for George Strait, Reba McEntire, Eddie Rabbitt and Hank Williams Jr., among others.

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