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  • Jun 1, 1792
    Kentucky becomes the 15th state to join the union. The Bluegrass State yields such stars as Dwight Yoakam, Bill Monroe, The Judds, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Chris Stapleton, Keith Whitley, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ricky Skaggs and Tom T. Hall
    Feb 12, 1809
    President Abraham Lincoln is born in Hodgenville, Kentucky. Parallels between his life and that of John F. Kennedy form the basis for Buddy Starcher's 1966 country hit "History Repeats Itself"
    Jul 19, 1837
    Songwriter Will Hays is born in Louisville, Kentucky. He authors "Molly Darling," a 1948 hit for Eddy Arnold
    Oct 28, 1857
    J.B. Monroe is born in Ohio County, Kentucky. As an adult, he fathers bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe
    Jul 12, 1870
    Malissa Vandiver is born in Butler County, Kentucky. She gives birth to bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe
    Aug 17, 1878
    Van Carlisle is born in Taylorsville, Kentucky. His sons, Bill and Cliff Carlisle, form a country group and end up on the Grand Ole Opry
    Mar 7, 1880
    Mary Ellen Boes is born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Her two sons, Bill and Cliff Carlisle, form a country act, The Carlisles, and become Grand Ole Opry members
    Feb 6, 1888
    Songwriter Haven Gillespie is born in Covington, Kentucky. In addition to the holiday standard "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," he writes The Hoosier Hot Shots' "Breezin' Along With The Breeze" and the western-swing classic "Right Or Wrong"
    Sep 25, 1889
    David "Dad" Carter is born in Milltown, Kentucky. He founds The Chuck Wagon Gang, an influential Southern gospel act. Its "After The Sunrise" ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number"
    Aug 2, 1892
    J.B. Monroe and Malissa Vandiver are married at her home near Horton, Kentucky. The union produces bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe

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