2008 - Brad Paisley's "5th Gear" album is certified platinum.

 

2007 - Rascal Flatts and Loretta Lynn are celebrated at the Recording Academy Honors at Nashville's Loews Vanderbilt Plaza, along with Jars Of Clay and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

 

2005 - Controversial model Anna Nicole Smith makes an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. She flashes what appear to some fans to be her breasts, though Opry officials insist she was wearing a nude bra. She also meets Joe Nichols, who will sing at her 2007 funeral.

 

2005 - During Kenny Chesney's performance at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, he's joined on the encore for an unannounced appearance by Eddie Montgomery. The two deliver a version of Montgomery Gentry's "My Town".

 

1999 - Faith Hill launches her first tour as a solo headliner, with a performance at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

 

1998 - Tammy Wynette is eulogized with a public memorial service at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, featuring performances by Lorrie Morgan, Rudy Gatlin, Randy Travis and The Judds, among others. Dolly Parton performs "I Will Always Love You".

 

1991 - Patty Loveless earns her first gold album, for "Honky Tonk Angel".

 

1988 - George Strait realizes a #1 single in Billboard with "Famous Last Words Of A Fool".

 

1953 - Hal Ketchum born in Greenwich, New York. The folk-inspired singer-songwriter joins the Grand Ole Opry in 1994 on the back of singles such as "Small Town Saturday Night," "Past The Point Of Rescue" and "Sure Love".

1932 - Carl Perkins born in Tiptonville, Tennessee. He becomes a seminal figure in rockabilly, through his single "Blue Suede Shoes." He also writes Johnny Cash's "Daddy Sang Bass," Patsy Cline's "So Wrong" and The Judds' "Let Me Tell You About Love".