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A Hank Williams Timeline
September Hiram Hank Williams is born in Mount Olive West, Alabama; his father notes a raised spot on his spine, a symptom of spina bifuda.
November The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting from Nashville.
Hanks mother buys Hank his first guitar and enrolls him in a singing school.
While living with cousins, Hank begins drinking.
Hank begins busking on the streets, taking informal lessons from Rufus Tee-Tot Payne.
Having dropped out of high school, Hank plays regular gigs in local honky tonks.
October Roy Acuff and Fred Rose form Acuff-Rose Publications.
August Hank meets Audrey Mae Sheppard Guy, aged 21 and married to a serviceman.
December Days after Audreys divorce, she and Hank are married by a Justice of the Peace at a gas station on the way to a gig.
September Hank and Audrey visit Nashville, where they introduce themselves to Fred Rose; Fred signs Hank to a contract within months.
August Hank's first MGM single, Move It On Over, peaks at #4.
May Audrey divorces Hank, but she has it annulled in August.
August Hank debuts on the Louisiana Hayride radio program.
May Lovesick Blues becomes Hanks first #1 hit; he will record ten more #1 hits in the next three years, including 2 posthumous #1s.
June Hank debuts at the Grand Ole Opry, garnering seven or more curtain calls; the appearance turns Hank into one of the top-drawing artists of the era.
May Hank is hospitalized for an operation on his spine and detoxification.
July Hank stars in the Hank Williams Homecoming in Montgomery, supported by the Carter Family and Chet Atkins.
August Hank headlines the Hadacol Caravan Medicine Show, co-starring Minnie Pearl, Bob Hope, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante and Carmen Miranda.
January Audrey files for divorce a second time.
August Hank is fired from the Grand Ole Opry.
December Hank agrees to perform on New Years Day; late on New Years Eve, on the drive to the concert, Hank passes away; he was 29.
January An estimated 25,000 people attend Hanks funeral service.
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