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1892: The Ryman Auditorium opened for public services as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in downtown Nashville. It would eventually host the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974.

1951: Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” went to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart

1955: Happy Birthday, Kix Brooks! He was born in Shreveport, LA in 1955. Along with performing as one half of the hit-making duo Brooks & Dunn, he also co-wrote hits for John Conlee and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band! 

1964: Bobby Bare took home a Grammy Award for Best Country & Western Recording for “Detroit City.”

1984: Crystal Gayle made the cover of TV Guide

1989: Ricky Skaggs sang at Keith Whitley’s funeral in Madison, TN. Pallbearers included: Skaggs, record producer Garth Fundis, Ralph Emery and David Frizzell.

1990: Travis Tritt hit #1 for the very first time with “Help Me Hold On

1992: RCA released Martina McBride’s debut album, “The Time Has Come.”

2003: Following a three-year split, The Mavericks held a session at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios, officially marking their reunion as a recording unit.