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  • Oct 12, 1792
    Construction begins in Washington, D.C., on the White House. The future presidential home provides an exclusive setting for performances by Willie Nelson, Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Lee Greenwood, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith, among others
    May 3, 1802
    Washington, D.C., is incorporated as a city. It becomes the birthplace for several members of The Stoneman Family, plus record producer Steve Sholes, "Take Me Home, Country Roads" songwriter Taffy Danoff and session keyboardist Ron Oates
    Apr 14, 1865
    President Abraham Lincoln is fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. The venue will become the site of an annual TV special--featuring such acts as SHeDAISY and Lonestar--the next century
    Apr 15, 1865
    President Abraham Lincoln dies in Washington, D.C., the morning after John Wilkes Booth shot him at Ford's Theatre. Parallels between Lincoln and future president John F. Kennedy provide the foundation for Buddy Starcher's "History Repeats Itself"
    Jan 22, 1889
    The Columbia Phonograph Company is launched in Washington, D.C. Initially an office equipment company, it eventually becomes Columbia Records, with such country artists as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Ray Price and Miranda Lambert
    Dec 16, 1895
    Lyricist Andy Razaf is born in Washington, D.C. Razaf writes "Honeysuckle Rose," "In The Mood" and "Ain't Misbehavin'," destined to become a country hit for Hank Williams Jr. in 1986
    Feb 12, 1911
    Record executive Steve Sholes is born in Washington, D.C. Best known for bringing Elvis Presley to RCA in 1955, he also works with the likes of Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold and Chet Atkins, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967
    Sep 4, 1915
    Singer/guitarist Woody Carter is born in Washington, D.C. He earns a hit with his 1949 single "Sittin' On The Doorstep" and appears among the backing musicians on Floyd Tillman's "Slipping Around"
    Sep 1, 1916
    Guitarist Al Nevins is born in Washington, D.C. He joins the instrumental trio The Three Suns who record a 1950 country hit by teaming with Rosalie Allen and Elton Britt on "Beyond The Sunset"
    May 26, 1917
    Accordion player Morty Nevins is born in Washington, D.C. As a member of The Three Suns, he takes part in a 1950 country hit, "Beyond The Sunset," recorded with Rosalie Allen and Elton Britt

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