On this date in history…
2016 – Merle Haggard passes away, on what would have been his 79th birthday.
2014 – Miranda Lambert wins three awards at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards: Female Vocalist of the Year; Single Record, for “Mama’s Broken Heart”; and Vocal Event, for the Keith Urban duet “We Were Us”.
2013 – George Jones performs in what turns out to be the last concert of his life.
2009 – The Academy of Country Music names George Strait as the Artist of the Decade.
2007 – Luke Bryan makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
1999 – Montgomery Gentry’s debut album, “Tattoos & Scars”, is released.
1998 – Tammy Wynette dies at home in Nashville from a blood clot in her lung. The First Lady of Country Music is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame five months later.
1992 – Billy Ray Cyrus releases “Achy Breaky Heart”.
1991 – Garth Brooks holds the #1 spot on the Billboard country chart with “Two Of A Kind, Workin’ On A Full House”.
1976 – Candace Cameron Bure was born.
1973 – The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter.
1969 – Paul Rudd was born.
1957 – Ferlin Husky’s “Gone” holds the top spot on the Billboard country chart.
1956 – Capitol Records opens their new Hollywood headquarters, which also happens to be the world’s first round office building.
1937 – Billy Dee Williams was born.
1937 – Merle Haggard was born.