<b>1998 - </b>Do-it-yourself singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco's label Righteous Babe Records ships 250,000 units of her latest album, "Little Plastic Castle," just to keep up with a greatly increased de

2004 - The Darkness confirms its status as Britian's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London's Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band _ which led the nominations going into the awards, with four _ won for best British group, British rock act and British album for "Permission to Land" (Must Destroy/Warner). However, the Darkness does not take the British breakthrough award. That honor goes to Busted, which is also named best pop act.

2001 - Brad Paisley joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry.

1999 - More than 9.1 million viewers tune in to the Brit Awards broadcast on the U.K.'s ITV commercial network.

1998 - Do-it-yourself singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco's label Righteous Babe Records ships 250,000 units of her latest album, "Little Plastic Castle," just to keep up with a greatly increased demand for the ever more popular anti-pop artist's material.

1990 - Emma Anderson admits in an interview that her band Lush is the "Most hated band in London."

1982 - Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk dies of a stroke at the age of 64.

1979 - The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City.

1976 - Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatrical Society votes Bette Midler "Woman of the Year."

1969 - Johnny Cash records a session in Nashville, Tenn., with Bob Dylan. "Girl from the North Country" is the only duet released from the session.

1960 - The Everly Brothers sign with Warner Bros. Records in a 10-year contract worth $1 million.

1941 - Singer Gene Pitney is born in Hartford, Conn. Four of his songs make the top 10 on Billboard's singles chart. His biggest hit, "Only Love Can Break a Heart," reaches No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1962.