Today in country music history:
2006 - Rascal Flatts kicked off a four-week stay at number one with "What Hurts the Most."
2007 Tim McGraw was at the top of the U.S. album chart with his Let It Go, his fourth number one.
2003 - Tracy Byrd shot his video for "The Truth About Men" with special guests Montgomery Gentry, Blake Shelton and Andy Griggs.
2001 - Van Stephenson of the group Blackhawk died at the age of 45 after a long struggle with melanoma.
1992 - Mary Chapin Carpenter earned her first gold album with Shooting Straight in the Dark.
1989 - Keith Whitley went to number one with "I'm No Stranger to the Rain."
1988 - Randy Travis scored his second double-platinum album for Storms of Life.
1988 - Rodney Crowell's Diamonds & Dirt album hit the shelves.
1980 - Kenny Rogers portrayed The Gambler in a CBS-TV special.
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