2008 – Taylor Swift undergoes surgery to remove her wisdom teeth, but it turns out wisdom teeth don’t have anything to do with pitch control. It was worth a try, anyway.
2006 – Heidi Newfield gives her final performances as a member of Highway 101 Pony at the Wildhorse Saloon.
2005 – A gay cowboy movie takes the world by storm. And by gay cowboy movie, I mean the music video for Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown.” Ba-dum-bum.
2005 – Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts is certified gold and platinum, proving that it’s a good album.
2002 – Toby Keith makes his Grand Ole Opry debut… nine years after the release of his debut album. Pretty sure they don’t like you, big guy.
1989 – Taylor Swift born in Reading, Pennsylvania. Publishes first Myspace blog later that day.
1988 – George Strait takes his remake of Faron Young’s “If You Ain’t Lovin’ (You Ain’t Livin’)” to the top of the charts, singlehandedly reviving the phrase “coochie coo.”
1983 – Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton earn a platinum single for “Islands In The Stream,” an enormously popular bit of ’80s kitsch that, uh,…
Sorry, I just threw up in my mouth a little.
1972 – %*#)@! Shelton Hank Williams, aka Hank III, is born.
1963 – At age 14, Hank Williams Jr. has his first recording session. Tracks include “You Win Again,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Mom, I’m Not Dad,” with the latter being interpreted by some historians as a veiled message to Audrey.
1959 – Marty Raybon born in Greenville, Alabama. Primed as the heir to his family’s thriving Ray-Bon knockoff sunglasses empire, he gives all that up to become the lead singer of popular country group Shenandoah.
1957 – While still technically married to his second wife, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly weds his third – Myra Brown, his 13-year-old cousin. To his credit, though, Lewis never insisted on anyone calling him LeVox.
1949 – Randy Owen born scowling in Fort Payne, Alabama.
1932 – Charlie Rich born in Forrest City, Arkansas. Immediately sets fire to another kid’s birth certificate.
1902 – Nudie Cohn born in Kiev, Ukraine. He turns heads early on with his rhinestone-studded onesies.