The nation's capital is founded, the world gets its first parking meter, Joltin' Joe sets an unbreakable record, and man heads to the moon, all on this day.
2012: Country singer Kitty Wells dies at age 92 in Madison, Tenn., from complications of a stroke. Her 1952 hit recording, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," made her the first female country singer to top the U.S. country charts, and transformed her into the first female country star. Wells ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of Billboard's country charts, with other hit songs like "Heartbreak U.S.A.," "Paying For That Back Street Affair" and "Making Believe."
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