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February 7, 1962

Garth Brooks is born Troyal Garth Brooks in Luba, Oklahoma; he's raised in Yukon, Oklahoma. More

May 24, 1986

Garth Brooks marries his college sweetheart, Sandy Mahl. They'll welcome three daughters before their divorce in 2001.

April 12, 1989

Garth Brooks releases his debut album, Garth Brooks, featuring the #1 Country hits "If Tomorrow Never Comes" and "The Dance."

September 28, 1991

Thanks to a proliferation of "New Country" radio stations and more accurate reporting, country music goes mainstream as Garth Brooks' Ropin' the Wind becomes the first country album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.More

February 25, 1992

Garth Brooks wins his first Grammy Award when Ropin' The Wind, his third album, is named Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

March 14, 1992

Garth Brooks makes his first appearance on Saturday Night Live, singing "Rodeo" and "The River" from his album Ropin' The Wind.

July 8, 1992

Garth Brooks and wife Sandy welcome their first child, daughter Taylor Mayne Pearl Brooks.

October 10, 1992

Country music is all the rage in America, as The Chase by Garth Brooks debuts at #1 on the albums chart, supplanting Some Gave All by Billy Ray Cyrus, which has held the top spot for 17 weeks.

January 31, 1993

With just 45 minutes to kickoff, Garth Brooks threatens to cancel his national anthem performance at Super Bowl XXVII when the NFL reneges on its promise to debut the video for his controversial protest anthem "We Shall Be Free."More

August 7, 1997

Garth Brooks plays a free show in New York's Central Park. It's the last Central Park show to benefit from highly inflated crowd estimates, which are stated at over 100,000. Hand counts at future shows prove that crowds at these concerts usually top out at 50,000.

November 26, 1997

The day after his album Sevens is released, Garth Brooks lands 12 of the 14 songs from the album on the Country singles chart. The previous record for most charting singles from an album was held by Brooks' Fresh Horses with eight tracks.

February 25, 1998

Future spouses Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood win the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for "In Another's Eyes." Yearwood also wins Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "How Do I Live" (besting LeAnn Rimes' version).

May 5, 1999

At the 34th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Garth Brooks is named Artist of the Decade.

October 7, 1999

Garth Brooks releases an album as "Chris Gaines," a character he created that was intended for a movie. The ruse turns off many fans, and the album is Brooks' first since 1995 that fails to debut at #1, charting behind Creed's Human Clay.

November 13, 1999

Garth Brooks hosts Saturday Night Live and performs "Way Of The Girl" as his Australian rock star alter-ego, Chris Gaines.

November 9, 1999

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announces the biggest-selling artists of the century in the United States: The Beatles have sold the most albums (106 million), Garth Brooks is the best-selling male solo act, and Barbra Streisand the best-selling female. Elton John's 1997 "Candle In The Wind" is the best-selling single of the century, and the best-selling album is the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

December 17, 2001

Garth Brooks and Sandy Mahl divorce after 15 years of marriage. They share three daughters: Taylor, August, and Allie.

December 10, 2005

After five years of dating, country singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood tie the knot in a private ceremony at their home in Owasso, Oklahoma. The marriage is Brooks' second and Yearwood's third.

January 26, 2006

Garth Brooks' Double Live album, released in 1998, becomes the first live album certified Double Diamond by the RIAA for sales of over 20 million in America.

October 22, 2012

Garth Brooks is inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. George Strait, Bob Seger, and James Taylor perform at the ceremony.

March 4, 2020

At 58, Garth Brooks becomes the youngest recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Past recipients of the award include Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Tony Bennett, Willie Nelson, Billy Joel, Carole King, and Paul McCartney, among others.

January 20, 2021

Garth Brooks sings "Amazing Grace" at the inauguration of Joe Biden at the request of incoming First Lady Jill Biden. Brooks explains his performance is not a political statement, but "a statement of unity."

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