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  • 17th April 1837
    The Arkansas Territory is officially admitted to the Union as the 25th state, marking a significant milestone in the state's history and contributing to the nation's growth.

  • 17th April 1929
    Arkansas native and musician Wade Hilliard is born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He later becomes known for his contributions to the country music scene as a songwriter and musician.

  • 17th April 1940
    Arkansas native and actress Loretta Young wins the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film "The Farmer's Daughter," showcasing her talent and versatility as an actress.

  • 17th April 1957
    Arkansas native and musician Jack Clement records the song "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" with Johnny Cash, achieving success and recognition in the music industry.

  • 17th April 1964
    Arkansas native and musician Billy Joe Shaver releases his debut album "Ride Me Down Easy," launching his successful career in country music and earning critical acclaim.

  • 17th April 1976
    Arkansas native and musician Heath Wright is born in McCrory, Arkansas. He later gains fame as the lead vocalist of the country music band Ricochet, known for their chart-topping hits.

  • 17th April 1984
    Arkansas native and musician Justin Moore is born in Poyen, Arkansas. He later achieves success as a country music singer and songwriter, known for his chart-topping hits and authentic style.

  • 17th April 1990
    Arkansas native and musician Joe Nichols releases his debut album "Joe Nichols," marking the beginning of his successful career in country music and earning him widespread recognition.

  • 17th April 1993
    Arkansas native and musician Levon Helm receives a Grammy Award for his album "Dirt Farmer," honoring his contributions to the music industry as a talented singer and musician.

  • 17th April 1997
    Arkansas native and musician Travis Tritt receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing his achievements and contributions to country music.

  • 17th April 2003
    Arkansas native and musician Vern Gosdin is posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, honoring his legacy and impact on the genre.

  • 17th April 2008
    Arkansas native and musician K.T. Oslin is inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, recognizing her songwriting talent and contributions to country music.

  • 17th April 2012
    Arkansas native and musician Glen Campbell releases his final studio album "Ghost on the Canvas," receiving critical acclaim and reaffirming his status as a legendary musician.

  • 17th April 2014
    Arkansas native and musician Johnny Cash is posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, honoring his influential career and lasting impact on music.

  • 17th April 2016
    Arkansas native and musician Iris DeMent releases her album "The Trackless Woods," showcasing her unique voice and songwriting talent to widespread acclaim.

  • 17th April 2017
    Arkansas native and musician Mickey Gilley receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Country Music, recognizing his contributions to country music throughout his career.

  • 17th April 2019
    Arkansas native and musician Glen Campbell posthumously wins a Grammy Award for his song "All the Way Home," honoring his enduring legacy and musical talent.

  • 17th April 2021
    Arkansas native and musician Joe Nichols releases his album "Good Day for Living," delighting fans with his signature country sound and heartfelt lyrics.

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