November 18, 1988
Tulsa, Oklahoma, singer Ronnie Dunn won the Marlboro Country Music National Talent Contest, which led to a publishing deal in Nashville, which led to a meeting with songwriter Kix Brooks, which led to the formation of Brooks & Dunn.
November 3, 2010
Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album sells 1,047,000 copies in its first week of release, second in country all-time to Garth Brooks’ Double Live, which sold 1,085,373 copies in 1998
October 28, 2001
Alan Jackson wakes up at 4:00 a.m., inspired to write "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)," a song about healing from terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon the previous month.
October 14, 1985
At the Country Music Association Awards, bluegrass legends Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs were elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, while Ricky Skaggs was named Entertainer of the Year and The Ricky Skaggs Band was named Instrumental Group of the Year.