1973: Resting at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart is Merle Haggard with It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad).
1977: Loretta Lynn, Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Olivia Newton-John and The Eagles leave the American Music Awards as winners. Becoming the first country artist to win the Award of Merit was Johnny Cash.
1987: Tyler Hubbard is born. Hubbard eventually becomes a country pop artist who makes up 50% of the platinum-selling duo Florida Georgia Line.
2006: Walk The Line, a Johnny Cash biopic, receives five Oscar nominations, with Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon up for best actor and actress respectively.
2010: Becoming the youngest country music artist and also the youngest person to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year is Taylor Swift. She also wins three more awards that night for Best Country Album (Fearless), Best Female Country Vocal Performance (“White Horse”), and Best Country Song (“White Horse”).
2013: Randy Travis’ stint with the law continues as he pleads guilty to an incident when he was found lying in the road, unclothed, smelling of alcohol. He receives two years of probation, a $2,000 fine, and a 180-day suspended jail sentence.