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  • Aug 10, 1821
    Missouri becomes the nation's 24th state. Among the artists born in the Show Me State: Sara Evans, David Nail, The Kendalls, The Mavericks' Robert Reynolds, Porter Wagoner, Leroy Van Dyke, Ferlin Husky and steel guitarist Speedy West
    Nov 30, 1835
    Author Mark Twain is born in Florida, Missouri. Known for such books as "The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn," he's referenced in the 2015 Keith Urban hit "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"
    Mar 11, 1845
    Fiddler Henry Gilliland is born in Jasper County, Missouri. He joins Eck Robertson for the first country recording session in 1922
    Sep 5, 1847
    Old West outlaw Jesse James is born in Kearney, Missouri. He's referenced in Toby Keith's "Should've Been A Cowboy," Trick Pony's "Just What I Do" and Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings' "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang"
    Apr 3, 1882
    Outlaw Jesse James is shot and killed in St. Joseph, Missouri, by a fellow gang member. James will be namechecked in Toby Keith's "Should've Been A Cowboy," Trick Pony's "Just What I Do" and Johnny Cash & Waylon Jennings' "There Ain't No Good Chain Gang"
    May 22, 1892
    Ralph Sylvester Peer is born in Kansas City, Missouri. A 1984 inductee in the Country Music Hall of Fame, he discovers, produces and manages a number of country's first major stars, particularly Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family
    Oct 15, 1899
    A jealous woman, Frankie Baker, kills Allen Britt in St. Louis, Missouri. The murder inspires the folk song "Frankie And Johnny," which appears in several incarnations, including a well-known Jimmie Rodgers version
    May 12, 1901
    Comedian Whitey Ford is born in DeSoto, Missouri. Nicknamed the Duke of Paducah, he joins the Grand Ole Opry in the 1940s and is subsequently added to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1986
    Mar 2, 1907
    Luther Ossenbrink is born near Knob Noster, Missouri. Under the stage name Arkie The Woodchopper, he becomes a yodeling star of "The WLS Barn Dance" in 1929, remaining with the show until it closes in 1960
    Jul 13, 1908
    Tim Spencer, of the original Sons Of The Pioneers, is born in Webb City, Missouri. Behind "Cool Water" and "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," The Sons Of The Pioneers become a major western group, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980

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