Today in country music history:
2006 - The Wreckers made their Grand Ole Opry debut.
2005 - Jason Aldean performed "Hicktown" and "Why" during his first Grand Ole Opry appearance.
2005 - Rascal Flatts got their second double-platinum album for Feels Like Today.
2003 - Joe Nichols picked up his first gold album for Man with a Memory.
2000 - Kenny Rogers went to number one with "Buy Me a Rose" with Alison Krauss and Billy Dean joining him on background vocals.
1997 - Lee Ann Womack's self-titled debut album was released.
1994 - John Berry's Your Love Amazes Me reached number one.
1989 - Randy Travis scored a number-one hit with Is It Still Over?
1986 - Hank Williams Jr.'s Greatest Hits Volume Two was certified gold.
1977 Linda Ronstadt denied reports saying she had been offered a million dollars to be photographed nude for a Hustler centerfold.
1975 - Bob Wills died of pneumonia at age 70.
1972 - Tanya Tucker made her chart debut with Delta Dawn.
1967 - Merle Haggard debuted on The Grand Ole Opry.
1966 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band gave its first performance at The Paradox in Orange, California.
1960 - Freddy Fender was arrested for marijuana possession in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1958 Jerry Lee Lewis was granted a divorce from his second wife six months after marrying his third wife, Myra.
1955 - Elvis Presley's clothes were torn off during his performance in Jacksonville, Florida. It was the first of many times the big E caused an audience to go mad.
Lari White - singer, "That's My Baby"
Darius Rucker - lead singer, Hootie & The Blowfish, country artist, "Alright," "Don't Think I Don't Think About It"