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  • Jan 2, 1788
    Georgia becomes the fourth state to join the union. It provides a birthplace for Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Travis Tritt, Jerry Reed, Jason Aldean, Doug Stone, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert and Ray Stevens, among others
    Nov 14, 1864
    The city of Atlanta burns, as Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman leads Union troops in a march to the sea. The event provides a backdrop for country band Atlanta's 1983 single "Atlanta Burned Again Last Night"
    Mar 23, 1868
    Fiddlin' John Carson is born in Fannin County, Georgia. When he performs on Atlanta's WSB in 1922, he becomes one of the first country acts to appear on radio, and a year later, he becomes one of the first to be recorded
    Dec 29, 1873
    Lena Christian is born in Wilkinson County, Georgia. At age 26, she gives birth to Emmett Miller, a black-face performer who influences Jimmie Rodgers and records the original version of "Lovesick Blues"
    May 14, 1874
    John Pink Miller is born in Oconee, Georgia. He sires Emmett Miller, a black-face performer whose work influences Jimmie Rodgers. Emmett also records an early version of "Lovesick Blues," commonly associated with Hank Williams
    Jun 6, 1885
    Gid Tanner is born in Thomas Bridge, Georgia. The fiddler leads The Skillet Lickers, a 1920s string band that ranks among the pioneer recording acts in country music
    Nov 26, 1885
    The reverend Andy Jenkins is born in Jenkinsburg, Georgia. A member of The Jenkins Family, one of the first country acts to perform on the radio, he also writes Jimmie Rodgers' single "Ben Dewberry's Final Run"
    Mar 29, 1886
    The first batch of Coca-Cola is made in Atlanta, Georgia. Originally brewed with cocaine, it gets referenced in country music in the lyrics of Tim McGraw's "Back When," Rascal Flatts' "Mayberry" and Mel Tillis' "Coca Cola Cowboy"
    Oct 25, 1886
    Fiddlin' John Carson, while employed by a railroad construction company, shoots himself in the leg. He goes on to become the first "hillbilly" artist to play on the radio 36 years later
    Feb 9, 1892
    John Pink Miller marries Lena Christian in Macon, Georgia. A week before their eighth anniversary, they give birth to Emmett Miller, who influences both Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams

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