Today in country music history:
2009 - Clint Black was fired by Donald Trump during an episode of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice.
2007 - Taylor Swift got a gold single for her debut single, "Tim McGraw."
2006 - Ricky Van Shelton announced he was retiring from touring in an open letter to his fans.
2003 - Trace Adkins' video for "Then They Do" premiered.
1999 - Tim McGraw released the album A Place in the Sun and Steve Wariner released his CD, Two Teardrops.
1994 - Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards in Los Angeles, but he was in Nashville as his wife Sandy gave birth to their second child August Anna.
1986 - Earl Thomas Conley hit the top of the country chart with Once In a Blue Moon.
1986 – Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, opened in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
1983 - Alabama's The Closer You Get album was certified gold and platinum.
1975 - Joe Stampley had a number-one record with “Roll on Big Mama.”
1952 - Kitty Wells recorded “It Wasn't God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels.” It was the first song by a female artist to reach the number-one spot on the charts.
Scott "Cactus" Moser - singer, former member of Highway 101, "Whiskey, If You Were a Woman"
John Hopkins - bassist, Zac Brown Band, "Chicken Fried Toes"
Brad Martin - singer, “Before I Knew Better”
Eric Church - singer-songwriter, "How 'Bout You," "Love Your Love the Most"
Dave Dudley (1928-2003) - singer
Image: Dolly Records