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This Day in Country Music History, December 20

2012
Country singer Tate Stevens is pronounced the winner of FOX-TV's "The X Factor." He performs Chris Young's "Tomorrow" and "Please Come Home For Christmas" in the finale and duets with runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar on "The Climb"
2009
Carrie Underwood gets engaged to Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher at his home in Ontario
2005
Kristen Hall parts ways with Sugarland bandmates Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush
2003
Gary Allan's "Songs About Rain" video debuts on CMT
2000
A new sign is erected in the Mountain State: "Glen Dale, West Virginia--Home Of Brad Paisley, Member Of The Grand Ole Opry"
2000
Eddy Arnold receives a National Medal of Arts from president Bill Clinton in a ceremony at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Other recipients include poet Maya Angelou, pop singer Barbra Streisand and dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov
1997
With help from songwriter Steve Wariner, Garth Brooks slogs to #1 on the Billboard chart with "Longneck Bottle"
1986
Randy Travis joins the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by Ricky Skaggs. He performs "Diggin' Up Bones"
1983
Johnny Cash checks into the Betty Ford Center to prevent an addiction to painkillers administered during a recent hospital stay. He stays at the center for six weeks and is assigned to kitchen duty for three of them. Elizabeth Taylor is also in treatment
1956
Fiddler Rob Hajacos is born in Richmond, Virginia. He becomes one of Nashville's most in-demand players, working sessions by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn and Reba McEntire, among others
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