Country Music Hall of Famers in bold
Leon Chappelear born in Tyler, Texas, 1909 (died 1962)
Howard "Howdy" Forrester of the Smoky Mountain Boys died (unknown cause), 1987 (was 65)
The AFM called a strike against record companies, 1942. The strike, combined with the shortage of shellac because of World War II, severely limited the record companies' output for two years.
Hank Cochran born in Isola, Mississippi, 1935 (died 2010)
Betty Jack Davis died (car wreck), 1953 (was 21)
Joe Allison died (illness), 2002 (was 77)
Redd Stewart died (complications from a head injury), 2003 (was 82)
The wreckage of Jim Reeves' plane discovered, 1964. The two-day search of wooded areas in and around Nashville for the plane included many country music performers. Eddy Arnold was among those in the party that found Reeves' body.
Dorothy Dillard of the Anita Kerr Singers born in Springfield, Missouri, 1923 (now 87)
Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires born in Gleason, Tennessee, 1924 (now 86)
Randy Scruggs born in Nashville, Tennessee, 1953 (now 57)
Dean Sams of Lonestar born in Garland, Texas, 1966 (now 44)
Little Roy Wiggins died (heart disease and diabetes complications), 1999 (was 73)
Vicki Hackerman of Dave & Sugar born in Louisville, Kentucky, 1950 (now 60)
Louis Armstrong born in New Orleans, 1901 (died 1971). The legendary jazz trumpet player and singer recorded with Jimmie Rodgers.
Carson J. Robison born in Oswego, Kansas, 1890 (died 1957)
James Blackwood of the Blackwood Brothers born in Ackerman, Mississippi, 1919 (died 2002)
Scotty Stoneman born in Galax, Virginia, 1932 (died 1973)
Fiddlin' Doc Roberts died (unknown cause), 1978 (was 81)
Kenny Price died (heart attack), 1987 (was 56)
Bobby Braddock born in Lakeland, Florida, 1940 (now 70)
Tim Wilson born in Columbus, Georgia, 1961 (now 49)
Terri Clark born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1968 (now 42)
Hal Durham born in McMinnville, Tennessee, 1931 (died 2009)
Vern "The Voice" Gosdin born in Woodland, Alabama, 1934 (died 2009)
Sammi Smith born in Orange, California, 1943 (died 2005)
Luther Perkins died (injuries from a house fire), 1968 (was 40)
Patsy and Peggy Lynn born in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, 1964 (now 46)
Lisa Stewart born in Louisville, Mississippi, 1968 (now 42)
Old Joe Clark (Manuel Clark), longtime Renfro Valley performer, born in Erwin, Tennessee, 1922 (died 1998)
Colleen Carroll Brooks died (throat cancer), 1999 (was 70). The former Ozark Mountain Jubilee singer was the mother of Garth Brooks.
Rodney Crowell born in Houston, Texas, 1950 (now 60)
Raul Malo of the Mavericks born in Miami, Florida, 1965 (now 45)
B.J. Thomas born in Hugo, Oklahoma, 1942 (now 68)
Felice Bryant born in Milwaukee, Wisconcin, 1925 (died 2003)
Henry "Homer" Haynes died (heart attack), 1971 (was 51)
Billy Byrd died (natural causes), 2001 (was 81)
Jamie O'Hara born in Toledo, Ohio, 1950 (now 60)
Mel Tillis born in Tampa, Florida, 1932 (now 78)
Phil Balsley of the Statler Brothers born in Staunton, Virginia, 1939 (now 71)
Webb Pierce born in West Monroe, Louisiana, 1926 (died 1991)
Hank Williams Jr. critically inured in a fall while mountain climbing on Ajax Mountain in Montana, 1975. Williams' head was split open, his face was shattered, and he lost an eye in the 500-foot fall.
Merle Kilgore born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, 1934 (died 2005)
Delia Upchurch born in Gainesboro, Tennessee, 1891 (died 1976). Upchurch was known as "the Den Mother of Nashville Stars" because she ran a boarding house where struggling musicians and songwriters could stay and pay what they could afford.
Jimmy Dean born in Plainview, Texas, 1928 (died 2010). Dean was notified earlier this year that he was a member of the Hall of Fame "class of 2010."
Jerry Kennedy born in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1940 (now 70)
Jonie Mosby born in Van Nuys, California, 1940 (now 70)
Gene Johnson of Diamond Rio born in Jamestown, New York, 1949 (now 61)
Jimmy Martin born in Sneedville, Tennessee, 1927 (died 2005)
Alvin "Junior" Samples born in Buena Park, California, 1926 (died 1983)
John Conlee born in Versailles, Kentucky, 1946 (now 64)
Don Helms died (heart attack), 2008 (was 81)
Hank Williams fired from the Grand Ole Opry, 1952
Mark Knopfler born in Glasgow, Scotland, 1949 (now 61). Knopfler, best known as guitarist and lead singer of Dire Straits, won a "Best Country Vocal Collaboration" Grammy with Chet Atkins in 1990 for the song "Poor Boy Blues."
Rex Griffin born in Gadsden, Alabama, 1912 (died 1958)
Porter Wagoner born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 1927 (died 2007)
Buck Owens born in Sherman, Texas, 1929 (died 2006)
Linda Parker of the WLS National Barn Dance died (peritonitis), 1935 (was 23)
Dan Fogelberg born in Peoria, Illinois, 1951 (died 2007)
Les Paul died (pneumonia), 2009 (was 94). The legendary guitarist won a Grammy for his work with Chet Atkins on the album Chester and Lester.
Vernon Dalhart recorded "The Prisoner's Song," 1924. The song would sell three million copies as country's first million-selling song.
Connie Smith born in Elkhart, Indiana, 1941 (now 69)
Charles K. Wolfe born in Sedalia, Missouri, 1943 (died 2006)
Johnny Duncan died (heart attack), 2006 (was 67)
Rose Maddox born in Boaz, Alabama, 1925 (died 1998)
Bobby Helms born in Bloomington, Indiana, 1933 (died 1997)
Don Rich born in Olympia, Washington, 1941 (died 1974)
Lew DeWitt died (complications from Chron's disease), 1990 (was 52)
Will Rogers died (plane crash with Wiley Post), 1935 (was 55)