1971: Sammi Smith goes to #1 in Billboard with the Kris Kristofferson-penned “Help Me Make It Through The Night.”
2002: Waylon Jennings dies at his home in Arizona, following a lengthy battle with diabetes. Branded a musical outlaw for his renegade spirit, his raw-edged style brought him into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, just three months before his passing.
2009: A man was arrested for allegedly stealing the identity of country music singer-songwriter David Lynn Jones of Cave City who wrote the Willie Nelson #1 hit song “Living in the Promiseland”. The identity theft began when Danny J. Sullivan allegedly stole Jones’ driver’s license while working for him and later opened a bank account, falsely submitted tax returns and used his social security number.