Today in country music history:
2004 - Dierks Bentley had surgery in Nashville to repair a torn ligament he sustained in an onstage accident.
2003 - Joe Nichols earned his first number one hit with "Brokenheartsville."
2002 - The movie Panic Room starring Jodie Foster hit theaters with Dwight Yoakam appearing in a villainous role.
2000 - Faith Hill's album Breathe was certified triple-platinum.
1999 - Steve Earle's album Guitar Town was certified gold 13 years after it came out.
1998 - Shania Twain kicked off her first headlining tour.
1998 - Martina McBride had her second daughter, Emma Justine McBride.
1997 - Reba earned a number one hit with "How Was I to Know."
1980 - Conway Twitty took "I'd Just Love to Lay You Down" to number one.
1960 - Famed honky tonk Tootsie's Orchid Lounge opened on lower Broadway in Nashville, becoming a hang-out for the likes of Willie Nelson, Harlan Howard and Patsy Cline among others.
Regina Leigh - singer, Regina Regina
Brady Seals - singer, former member of Little Texas, "My Love," "What Might Have Been"
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