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Little Jimmy Dickens

December 19, 1920


Patsy Cline

December 18, 1961

Patsy Cline is diagnosed with a nervous breakdown, forcing her to spend the next two weeks in bed at home

SSgt. Barry Sadler

December 18, 1965

SSgt. Barry Sadler records “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” in New York

Loretta Lynn

December 19, 1970

Loretta Lynn reaches #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Elvis Presley

December 18, 1977

Elvis Presley

Reverend Leon Lampert organizes an Elvis Presley record-burning near Athens, Alabama, asserting that Presley was tugged into rock & roll by Satan. The fires devour Presley’s rock material, but not his gospel recordings

Faith Hill

December 18, 1993

Faith Hill makes her Grand Ole Opry debut

Tanya Tucker

December 18, 1996

A fire breaks out in Tanya Tucker’s house in Arrington, Tennessee, while the singer is wrapping Christmas presents at 3 a.m. The cause is undetermined

Little Jimmy Dickens

December 18, 1996

Little Jimmy Dickens and his wife, Mona, renew their wedding vows in a private ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House, one week shy of their 25th anniversary. Vince Gill performs at the event

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