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    The foundation is laid for the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. The world-renowned monument is cited in the lyrics of several country songs, including T.G. Sheppard's "Only One You" and LeAnn Rimes' "Nothin' 'Bout Love Makes Sense"
    Apr 25, 1874
    Guglielmo Marconi is born in Bologna, Italy. At age 22, he receives a patent for the radio, a medium honored by such hits as "Nothing On But The Radio," "I Watched It All (On My Radio)," "Radio Heart" and "There Ain't Nothin' Wrong With The Radio"
    Jul 29, 1883
    Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is born in Dovia di Predappio, Italy. After forming an alliance with Germany at the outset of World War II, he's referenced in Carson Robison's hit "Mussolini's Letter To Hitler" and Red Foley's "Smoke On The Water"
    Oct 30, 1892
    Body-building specialist Charles Atlas is born in Acri, Italy. Creating a niche with a program that promises to transform the "97-pound weakling" into a muscle man, he's hailed in The Statler Brothers' 1972 hit "Do You Remember These"
    Sep 20, 1934
    Actress Sophia Loren is born in Rome, Italy. A globally known sex symbol, she is namechecked in The Bellamy Brothers' 1981 country hit "You're My Favorite Star"
    Jul 29, 1939
    Songwriter Gian Piero Reverberi is born in Genoa, Italy. In an odd twist, his song "Last Man Standing," from the 1968 spaghetti-western "Viva! Django," influences the Gnarls Barkely pop hit "Crazy," which in turn influences a Brett Eldredge single, earning Reverberi a co-writing credit on the 2015 country hit "Lose My Mind"
    Jan 25, 1943
    Fashion model Anita Pallenberg is born in Rome, Italy. She is pregnant with Keith Richards' son, Marlon, when The Rolling Stones record "Honky Tonk Women," deemed one of the 500 greatest country singles in a Country Music Foundation book
    Apr 28, 1945
    Deposed dictator Benito Mussolini is hung in Mezzegra, Italy, in the closing days of World War II. Just months earlier, his name had appeared in the lyrics of a hillbilly hit: Red Foley's "Smoke On The Water"
    Dec 2, 1946
    Fashion designer Gianni Versace is born in Reggio Calabria, Italy. The company that bears his name is included in the lyrics of Tim McGraw's 2009 hit "It's A Business Doing Pleasure With You"
    Apr 26, 1956
    Bass player Dave Pomeroy is born in Naples, Italy. His credits include Trisha Yearwood's "The Song Remembers When," Keith Whitley's "I Wonder Do You Think Of Me" and Kathy Mattea's "Where've You Been"

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