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  • Feb 2, 1653
    The city of New York is incorporated, under the name New Amsterdam. It becomes the site of the first country recording session in 1922 and a recording location for hits by Eddy Arnold, Elvis Presley, Marty Robbins, Hank Snow and The Everly Brothers
    Sep 22, 1776
    "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country": After uttering those words, Nathan Hale is hanged by British soldiers in Manhattan. He's honored in the lyrics of Elton Britt's 1942 hit "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"
    Jul 26, 1788
    New York is the 11th state to join the union. The Empire State gives rise to such country artists as Hal Ketchum, John Schneider, Eddie Rabbitt, Diamond Rio's Gene Johnson and Brian Prout, John Hartford and Restless Heart's John Dittrich
    Oct 27, 1858
    Teddy Roosevelt is born in New York City. The 25th president of the United States, he leads the Rough Riders in the battle of San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. The battle is referenced in The Henningsens' 2013 hit "American Beautiful"
    Apr 4, 1859
    The Southern anthem "Dixie" is performed publicly for the first time by Daniel Emmett and a minstrel group at Mechanics Hall in New York City. Elements of the song will be incorporated more than a century later into Elvis Presley's "An American Trilogy" and Hank Williams Jr.'s "Dixie On My Mind"
    Oct 4, 1861
    Frederic Remington, a painter known for his Old West portraits, is born in Canton, New York. He's immortalized in Ed Bruce's "The Last Cowboy Song"
    Jan 13, 1865
    Songwriter Stephen Foster dies at New York's Bellevue Hospital after a tragic fall. A pioneer in American popular music, he's honored with a Grammy-winning 2004 tribute album, "Beautiful Dreamer," featuring Raul Malo, John Prine and David Ball
    Aug 24, 1880
    Herb Yates is born in Brooklyn, New York. He founds Republic Pictures, which releases a series of B-western movies starring Gene Autry and Roy Rogers
    Jan 30, 1882
    Franklin D. Roosevelt is born in Hyde Park, New York. A purported fan of country music, the 32nd president is referenced in Alabama's 1989 hit "Song Of The South"
    Feb 16, 1884
    Pop lyricist Bert Kalmar is born in New York City. He co-writes "Who's Sorry Now?," which becomes a bellwether recording for western swing act Milton Brown & His Musical Brownies. Kalmar joins the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970

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