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  • Aug 22, 1911
    Leonardo Da Vinci's painting of the Mona Lisa is stolen. The masterpiece is an inspiration for Moon Mullican's "Mona Lisa" and David Allan Coe's "Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile," and weaves its way into the lyrics of T.G. Sheppard's "Only One You"
    Nov 1, 1911
    Earl B. Rouse is born. He joins siblings Ervin and Gordon to form The Rouse Brothers, who record the original version of "Orange Blossom Special"
    Mar 23, 1912
    Dixie Cups are invented. The product is used for drinking--and for filling out the lyrics of country songs. Among them: Travis Tritt's "Country Club," Kenny Chesney's "Don't Happen Twice," Luke Bryan's "Play It Again," Easton Corbin's "Baby Be My Love Song" and The Statler Brothers' "Do You Remember These"
    Mar 27, 1912
    Bill Callahan is born in Madison County, North Carolina. With sibling Joe, he forms The Callahan Brothers, a major duo in the 1930s. In the 1950s, he plays on recordings by Lefty Frizzell and Marty Robbins
    Apr 15, 1912
    The ocean liner the Titanic sinks in the Northern Atlantic three hours after hitting an iceberg, with 1,500 people drowning. The accident inspires recordings by Ernest Stoneman and Roy Acuff. It's also referenced in Brett Eldredge's 2017 single "Somethin' I'm Good At"
    Apr 25, 1912
    Gladys Love Smith is born in Pontotoc County, Mississippi. She marries Vernon Presley, and becomes the mother of Elvis Presley
    May 30, 1912
    Alcyone Bate Beasley is born in Castalian Springs, Tennessee. She sings on the Grand Ole Opry with The Possum Hunters, a string band led by her father, Dr. Humphrey Bate. She also sings backup on Ernest Tubb's "Blue Christmas"
    Jul 14, 1912
    Arlo Guthrie's father, Woody Guthrie, is born in Okemah, Oklahoma. Best known for writing "This Land Is Your Land," influences the use of folk and country as a tool for social commentary, and is posthumously inducted into the Nashvilleis Songwriters Hall of Fame 1977
    Sep 2, 1912
    Johnnie Lee Wills is born in Jewett, Texas. The younger brother of Bob Wills, he forms his own band, recording the first version of the classic "Milk Cow Blues"
    Sep 2, 1912
    Western swing fiddler Rex Call is born. He plays on hits by the Sons Of The Pioneers, Spade Cooley and Tex Williams, including the 1947 million-seller "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)"

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