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    Playwright William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Known for such classic works as "Romeo And Juliet" and "Hamlet," he's namechecked in Patty Loveless' 1994 country hit "I Try To Think About Elvis"
    Apr 23, 1616
    Playwright William Shakespeare dies at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Heralded for such works as "Hamlet" and "Romeo And Juliet," he's also recognized in the lyrics of Patty Loveless' country hit "I Try To Think About Elvis"
    Dec 25, 1642
    Sir Isaac Newton is born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, in England. A pioneering mathematician and physicist, his theories on calculus and gravity are revolutionary. His family lineage eventually includes country-rock singer Juice Newton
    Mar 20, 1727
    Sir Isaac Newton dies in London. An influential mathematician, physicist and astronomer, he is an ancestor of country singer Juice Newton
    Mar 23, 1743
    England's King George leaps to his feet at the end of the first performance of Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus." It's the first standing ovation, a response country artists make great attempts to earn during most concerts
    Mar 3, 1847
    Alexander Graham Bell is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. The inventor creates the telephone, a development that lands him in the first line of Reba McEntire's 1994 country hit "Why Haven't I Heard From You"
    Oct 4, 1848
    Lawyer and songwriter Frederic Weatherly is born in Portishead, England. He writes the Irish folk song "Danny Boy," a 1967 country hit for Ray Price
    Nov 30, 1874
    English statesman Winston Churchill is born at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England. One of his famous quotes--"If you're going through hell, keep going"--will be repurposed for a country song, Rodney Atkins' "If You're Going Through Hell (Before The Devil Even Knows)"
    Feb 15, 1888
    Songwriter Lawrence Wright is born in Leicester, England. Using the name Horatio Nicholls, he pens hundreds of songs, including "Among My Souvenirs," a 1976 country hit for Marty Robbins
    Oct 19, 1889
    Record producer "Uncle" Art Satherley is born in Bristol, England. Through his work with Columbia Records, he handles such acts as Bob Wills, Vernon Dalhart, Roy Acuff, Tex Ritter and Bill Monroe, joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1971

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