Today in country music history:
2006 - Rascal Flatts kicked off a four-week stay at number one with "What Hurts the Most."
2007 – Tim McGraw was at the top of the U.S. album chart with his Let It Go, his fourth number one.
2003 - Tracy Byrd shot his video for "The Truth About Men" with special guests Montgomery Gentry, Blake Shelton and Andy Griggs.
2001 - Van Stephenson of the group Blackhawk died at the age of 45 after a long struggle with melanoma.
1992 - Mary Chapin Carpenter earned her first gold album with Shooting Straight in the Dark.
1989 - Keith Whitley went to number one with "I'm No Stranger to the Rain."
1988 - Randy Travis scored his second double-platinum album for Storms of Life.
1988 - Rodney Crowell's Diamonds & Dirt album hit the shelves.
1980 - Kenny Rogers portrayed The Gambler in a CBS-TV special.
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