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  • Dec 11, 1816
    Indiana becomes the 19th state to join the union. Among the country figures born there: Bobby Helms, Steve Wariner, Connie Smith, Janie Fricke, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild, steel player Buddy Emmons and songwriter/publisher Fred Rose
    Apr 16, 1867
    Airplane inventor Wilbur Wright is born in Millville, Indiana. He's memorialized in the 2001 Trick Pony single "Just What I Do"
    Apr 9, 1884
    Samuel Porter marries Kate Cole in Peru, Indiana. The union produces a son, Cole Porter, who becomes one of the most prominent pop songwriters of the 20th century. His "Don't Fence Me In" becomes a country hit for Gene Autry
    Jun 9, 1891
    Pop songwriter Cole Porter is born in Peru, Indiana. Noted for such classics as "I Get A Kick Out Of You," "Begin The Beguine" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," Porter also writes "Don't Fence Me In," a country hit for Gene Autry
    Feb 17, 1892
    Pop songwriter James F. Hanley is born in Rensselaer, Indiana. The author of numerous Broadway scores in the 1920s, his song "Second Hand Rose" is reprised by Roy Drusky for the country audience in 1962
    Jul 21, 1895
    Actor Ken Maynard is born in Vevay, Indiana. Appearing in nearly 90 pictures, he becomes the first of America's singing cowboys, blazing a trail for Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tex Ritter, among others
    Nov 9, 1895
    George D. Hay is born in Attica, Indiana. He founds and names the Grand Ole Opry
    Aug 24, 1897
    Songwriter, producer and publisher Fred Rose is born in Evansville, Indiana. Along with Roy Acuff, Rose forms Acuff-Rose Publishing. He also writes "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain," among many other country hits and movie titles
    May 24, 1899
    Howard Carmichael marries Mary Lida Robison in Indiana. The marriage yields one Hoagy Carmichael, who writes the future Willie Nelson hit "Georgia On My Mind"
    Nov 22, 1899
    Songwriter Hoagy Carmichael is born in Bloomington, Indiana. Carmichael writes Willie Nelson's Grammy-winner, "Georgia On My Mind"

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