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  • Feb 18, 1885
    Two months after its release in Great Britain, Mark Twain's "The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn" is published in the U.S. Nearly a century later, it's mentioned alongside Tom Sawyer in the Alabama country hit "Mountain Music"
    May 10, 1885
    Riverboat captain Thomas Ryman undergoes a religioius conversion, inspiring him to finance the Union Gospel Tabernacle in downtown Nashville. The building will later be renamed the Ryman Auditorium, becoming the Mother Church of Country Music after hosting the Grand Ole Opry for more than 30 years
    Jan 5, 1886
    Scribner's publishes Robert Louis Stevenson's book "Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde." The classic tale provides the title for The Zac Brown Band's album "Jekyll + Hyde" and gets referenced in the Brett Eldredge single "Somethin' I'm Good At"
    May 8, 1886
    Coca-Cola introduces a new soft drink. Coke will get referenced in several future country hits, including Luke Bryan's "Good Directions," The Band Perry's "Hip To My Heart," Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool" and Mel Tillis' "Coca Cola Cowboy"
    Nov 11, 1887
    Ten years after he patented his first "talking machines," which recorded sound on tinfoil, Thomas Edison finishes a new phonogram that uses a wax cylinder
    Jul 7, 1888
    Lauretta Stoneman dies. Her widower, Elisha, re-marries three years later, and the new relationship produces Ernest "Pop" Stoneman, a significant early country recording artist who becomes the patriarch of The Stoneman Family
    Sep 28, 1889
    David "Dad" Carter is born in Milltown, Kentucky. He founds The Chuck Wagon Gang, an influential Southern gospel act. Its "After The Sunrise" ranks among country's 500 greatest singles in the Country Music Foundation's "Heartaches By The Number"
    Feb 7, 1891
    Carrie Brooks is born in Gravett, Arkansas. After marrying David "Dad" Carter, she becomes the matriarch of the family group The Chuck Wagon Gang
    Nov 12, 1891
    Songwriter Richard Whiting is born in Peoria, Illinois. In addition to "Hooray For Hollywood," "On The Good Ship Lollipop" and "Ain't We Got Fun," he pens The Hoosier Hot Shots' "Breezin' Along With The Breeze"
    Dec 15, 1891
    A.P. Carter is born in Maces Spring, Virginia. Along with his wife, Sara, and her cousin, Maybelle, The Carter Family becomes a pioneering force in country music, entering the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970

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