Today in country music history:
2011 - A Texas prosecutor suggested Willie Nelson's pot bust in the previous fall could be settled with a $100 fine and a song. "You can bet your a** I'm not going to be mean to Willie Nelson," Hudspeth County Attorney C.R. "Kit" Bramblett told CNN. A judge rejected that proposal, but Nelson was spared jail; he paid a $500 fine and pled no contest instead.
2009 - Love & Theft performed "Runaway" in their Grand Ole Opry debut.
2005 - Reba McEntire was toasted with a surprise birthday party in Nashville. Ronnie Dunn, Steve Wariner, Vince Gill and Terri Clark were among the stars singing in her honor.
2003 - Johnny Cash came in at number one on CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music list.
2001 - The O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack was certified platinum.
1995 - Singer Lyle Lovett and actress Julia Roberts announced a legal separation after 21 months of marriage.
1992 - Reba McEntire picked up a number one hit with "Is There Life Out There."
1981 - Hank Williams Jr. went to number one with "Texas Women."
Reba McEntire - singer, actress, TV's Reba
Rodney Atkins - singer
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