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  • Feb 22, 1732
    George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. A Revolutionary War general and the first president of the United States, he's referenced in Elton Britt's World War II hit "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"
    Nov 30, 1736
    The first documented fiddling contest in the U.S. takes place in Hanover County, Virginia. As the tradition evolves, it confirms for country pioneers that an audience exists for their genre
    Nov 10, 1749
    Revolutionary War soldier John Monroe is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Among his descendents is bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe
    Aug 18, 1774
    Explorer Meriwether Lewis is born in Charlottesville, Virginia. A leader of the historic Lewis & Clark Expedition from 1804-1806, he's namechecked in a 1980 country hit by Ed Bruce, "The Last Cowboy Song"
    Jun 25, 1788
    Virginia ratifies the Constitution, becoming one of the United States' 13 original colonies. Old Virginny becomes the birthplace of The Carter Family, The Stoneman Family, Roy Clark, The Stanley Brothers, The Statler Brothers, Phil Vassar, Patsy Cline and Ricky Van Shelton
    Dec 14, 1799
    George Washington dies of a throat infection in Mount Vernon, Virginia. The first president of the United States, he's included in the lyrics of Elton Britt's World War II hit "There's A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere"
    Jan 19, 1807
    Robert E. Lee is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. The future leader of the Confederate troops in the Civil War, he's namechecked in The Bellamy Brothers' 1979 country hit "You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie"
    May 2, 1863
    Confederate general Stonewall Jackson is accidentally wounded by his own troops in Chancellorsville, Virginia, dying eight days later. He becomes the namesake for country hitmaker Stonewall Jackson
    Apr 9, 1865
    Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrenders at the Appomattox courthouse in Virginia, bringing an end to the Civil War. Hank Williams Jr. will ponder a different outcome in 1988 with his country hit "If The South Woulda Won"
    Oct 12, 1870
    Former Confederate general Robert E. Lee dies from pneumonia in Lexington, Virginia. He will be remembered more than a century later in The Bellamy Brothers' country hit "You Ain't Just Whistlin' Dixie"

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