Today in country music history:
2008 - Rodney Atkins' single "It's America" was released to radio.
2006 - The Judds performed "Love Can Build a Bridge" at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C.
2005 - The Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line premiered in New York City. Trace Adkins, Brooks & Dunn, Dierks Bentley and LeAnn Rimes were among the stars on hand.
2001 - Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw and Lonestar received two nominations each for the American Music Awards.
2000 - Trisha Yearwood donated a Starlight Fun Center to the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University. The mobile entertainment center included a TV monitor, VCR and Nintendo 64 game unit. It could be rolled right up next to a child's bed.
1999 - Garth Brooks hosted Saturday Night Live, and his alter ego Chris Gaines was the musical guest.
1996 - Trisha Yearwood performed "Everybody Knows" during an appearance on the ABC sitcom Ellen.
1991 - Johnny Paycheck donated his guitar, with the words "Shove it" in the fret board, to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1982 - Ricky Skaggs went to number one with "Heartbroke."
1975 - Hank Williams Jr. underwent four hours of plastic and oral surgery at Nashville's Baptist Hospital to repair damages from a 500-foot fall in an August mountain accident.
Ray Wylie Hubbard - singer-songwriter
Jeannie Kendall - one half of The Kendalls, "Heaven's Just a Sin Away"
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