As we gear up for Classic Country Saturday Night, it is always fun to hit the rewind button and learn a little bit about the past.

Let's take a look at what happened on this date in country music history.


2012 - Darius Rucker makes a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Wagon Wheel" with Old Crow Medicine Show

2009 - Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley marries Nashville music publicist Cassie McConnell in the Bahamas

2008 - Kix Brooks runs with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain

2003 - The Dixie Chicks perform at Dallas' American Airlines Center despite a threat that Natalie Maines will be shot on stage

1998 - Roy Rogers dies of heart failure in Apple Valley, California. The King of the Cowboys was the only performer elected twice to the Country Music Hall of Fame--once as a solo artist, once as a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers

1991 - Alan Jackson begins a three-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Don't Rock The Jukebox"

1978 - Tammy Wynette marries songwriter George Richey--known for such titles as "The Grand Tour," "Soul Song" and "'Til I Can Make It On My Own"--at her home in Jupiter Beach, Florida

1974 - Anne Murray registers her first #1 country single in Billboard with a remake of "He Thinks I Still Care"

1956 - Guitarist John Jorgenson born in Madison, Wisconsin. He joins The Desert Rose Band, which fashions a string of 1980s hits, and plays on records by Pam Tillis, Rick Trevino and Mary Chapin Carpenter, among others

1940 - Jeannie Seely is born in Titusville, Pennsylvania. A year after moving to Nashville, she gains a Top 10 recording with "Don't Touch Me," propelling her to membership in the Grand Ole Opry and a Grammy award