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  • Jun 26, 1876
    General George Custer is killed during his famous last stand at the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana. His memory is rekindled in Elton Britt's "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere" and Ed Bruce's "The Last Cowboy Song"
    Nov 13, 1912
    Drummer Monte Mountjoy is born in Roundup, Montana. As a member of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, he becomes the first drummer to play in front of the curtain on the Grand Ole Opry. He also takes part in sessions for the western-swing titles "New Spanish Two-Step, "Roly-Poly" and "Stay A Little Longer"
    Sep 25, 1937
    Songwriter Don Pfrimmer is born in Great Falls, Montana. He pens Diamond Rio's "Meet In The Middle," Tim McGraw's "All I Want Is A Life" and Lee Roy Parnell's "Love Without Mercy," among others
    Oct 17, 1938
    Motorcycle stuntman Evel Knievel is born in Butte, Montana. After breaking at least 35 bones in various highly publicized jumps, he's immortalized in the lyrics of Mark Wills' 2003 hit "19 Somethin'"
    Jul 17, 1952
    Nicolette Larson is born in Helena, Montana. Best known for the 1979 pop hit "Lotta Love," her brief country career yields a single duet hit with Steve Wariner, "That's How You Know When Love's Right"
    Jan 19, 1958
    Stephanie Davis is born in Bridger, Montana. She co-writes the Garth Brooks hits "We Shall Be Free" and "Learning To Live Again"
    Aug 1, 1960
    East Helena second baseman Charley Pride performs when the Smelterites play the Helena Cardinals in a minor-league baseball game at Smelterite Park in Montana
    Mar 23, 1962
    Charley Pride and his wife, Rozene, welcome their second son, Charles Dion Pride, at St. Peter's Hospital in Helena, Montana
    Jan 28, 1963
    A truck hits Charley Pride at a smelter in Helena, Montana, damaging his ankle, which has a pin permanently embedded
    Mar 10, 1963
    Bass player Jeff Ament is born in Havre, Montana. He's a founding member of the Seattle alternative rock band Pearl Jam, mentioned in the lyrics of the 1996 Lonestar hit "No News"

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