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June 23rd: On this day

Born on this day, was June Carter Cash, country singer, and wife of Johnny Cash. She had hits with Johnny Cash including, "Ring Of Fire", "Jackson", "If I Were A Carpenter". She played the guitar, banjo, harmonica, and autoharp, and acted in several films and television shows. Carter Cash won five Grammy Awards. She died 15th May 2003 aged 73.

Born on this day in Melbourne, Australia was Diana Trask, country and pop singer. She charted eighteen singles on the country charts, of which the highest was the #13 "Lean It All on Me" in 1974.

Born on this day, in Chockie, Oklahoma, was Pake McEntire, the oldest brother of Reba McEntire and Susie Luchsinger. His biggest chart hit was the 1986, "Savin' My Love for You" which peaked at #3.

Born on this day, was American country music artist Keith Palmer who co-wrote Reba McEntire's 1991 single "For My Broken Heart." Palmer died on June 13th 1996.

Charlie Rich was at #1 on the US country album chart with Behind Closed Doors. The album received three Country Music Association awards: Best Male Vocalist, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year, for the title song which gave the singer his first #1 hit.

Lonestar began a six-week residence at #1 on the country chart with "I'm Already There", the lead-off single to the band's fifth album.

Marty Stuart was arrested following an auto accident in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, Tennessee. The singer was arrested after allegedly hitting two cars on a street in front of McDonald's restaurant.

Tony Bennett made a surprise appearance during Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's sold-out show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Bennett joined McGraw for a rendition of the Hank Williams classic "Cold, Cold Heart."

Willie Nelson was inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry. The NRR is a list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States."

A groundbreaking was held for the Jimmy Dean Museum, which opened two years later on the grounds of Wayland Baptist University in his hometown of Plainview, Texas. Dean's widow, Donna Dean Stevens, was present for the ceremony. The museum houses much of Jimmy Dean's memorabilia as well as a larger-than-life-size bronze statue created by Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale and funded by Hillshire Brands, owner of the Jimmy Dean sausage brand. The museum is funded by a gift from the Dean Family Foundation.

Ralph Stanley also known as Dr. Ralph Stanley, bluegrass artist, known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing died aged 89. His work was featured in the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, in which he sings the Appalachian dirge "O Death." That song won him a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of Best Male Country Vocal Performance.

American bluegrass musician Jesse McReynolds died in Gallatin, Tennessee at the age of 93. He was best known for his innovative cross-picking and split-string styles of mandolin playing. Jim and Jesse became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1964.