1936 – Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson is born in Brownsville, Texas, the son of a minister. He attends Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship and receives a PhD from Pomona College in Texas. He writes several top 40 songs, including the No. 1 song “Me and Bobby McGee.” His biggest solo hit is “Why Me,” a million-selling record that reaches No. 16 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 in 1973.