September 12004 - Sara Evans performs "Born To Fly" on the third night of the Republican National Convention at New York's Madison Square Garden. Brooks & Dunn sing "Only In America" after a speech by incumbent vice president Dick Cheney
1985 - Charlie Worsham is born in Jackson, Mississippi. A singer, songwriter and guitarist, he earns his first hit in 2013 with "Could It Be." He also plays on Dierks Bentley's "I Hold On" and Thomas Rhett's "Beer With Jesus"
1983 - The Soviet Union downs Korean Air Lines flight 007, killing 269 people, including a U.S. congressman. The event inspires Lee Greenwood to write "God Bless The U.S.A." Johnny Cash also cancels a Soviet tour in protest
1979 - Willie Nelson & Leon Russell share the top spot on the Billboard country chart with their remake of "Heartbreak Hotel"
1964 - Singer/songwriter Charlie Robison is born in Bandera, Texas. A noted alternative country act, he first finds an audience in the late-1990s. He will also marry--and later divorce--Dixie Chick Emily Erwin
1962 - Marty Robbins' "Devil Woman" begins a sinful eight-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
1950 - Drummer Steve Goetzman is born in Louisville, Kentucky. He joins Exile, whose mix of country, rock and gospel nets hook-filled 1980s hits such as "Woke Up In Love," "She's A Miracle" and "Crazy For Your Love"
1933 - Harold Jenkins is born in Friars Point, Mississippi. As Conway Twitty, he leaves a pop/rock career in 1965 to pursue country music, racking up hits consistently for more than 20 years. He joins the Country Music Hall of Fame posthumously in 1999.
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