<b>1999 - </b>Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson's action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before
2002 - A Los Angeles Superior Court jury finds James Brown not guilty of sexually harassing a former employee, rejecting four of the five counts brought against the singer.
2001 - The Backstreet Boys are forced to take the stage at Denver's Pepsi Center without group member Kevin Richardson, who never makes it to the gig thanks to weather-related airport delays. Although some fans seek out refunds, none are offered since the show is performed on schedule.
2001 - Singer/songwriter Charles Trenet, a legend in his native France whose best-known international hit was "La Mer" _ which Bobby Darin made famous as "Beyond the Sea" _ dies at Henri-Mondor hospital outside Paris. He is 87. Considered by many to be the father of French chanson, Trenet wrote more than 1,000 songs in a career that spanned six decades.
1999 - Marilyn Manson files a defamation countersuit against former Spin executive editor Craig Marks. Manson's action is in response to a multimillion-dollar suit Marks filed the month before against defendants that included the singer, label Nothing/Interscope, and Manson's bodyguard agency.
1998 - Country singer Lorrie Morgan issues a strongly worded denial over an article in the tabloid Star magazine that claims she had "a wild ride in the back seat of a limousine with President Bill Clinton." Morgan's retort? "The only accurate information in the article with regard to my relationship with President Clinton was that I joined him onstage for the Christmas tree lighting in Washington - I have never met with him in a private situation."
1998 - Grandpa Jones, a country music favorite and regular on comedy show "Hee-Haw," dies in Hermitage, Tenn., of complications from a series of strokes. He is 84. Born Louis Marshall Jones, he was known for his banjo playing, singing, and comedy.
1995 - "Baywatch's" Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wears a white bikini.
1995 - Roxette performs in Beijing celebrating the Chinese New Year. It's the first time a western artist has performed a commercial concert in China since George Michael did in 1984.
1991 - Rap group Public Enemy joins Irish singer Sinead O'Connor in boycotting the 1991 Grammy Awards. The group says it is upset the rap award will not be presented during the live TV ceremony.
1984 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Jump," Van Halen. The song is the first top 10 single for the group, which has already placed 11 songs on the Hot 100.
1977 - Natalie Cole wins a Grammy for "Sophisticated Lady," Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Barry Manilow wins a Grammy for "I Write the Songs," Song of the Year.
1940 - Smokey Robinson (William Robinson) is born in Detroit. He forms the Miracles, then called the Matadors, in 1955. The group hits No. 1 in 1970 with "The Tears of a Clown." He leaves the group in 1972. He is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and receives a Grammy Living Legends Award in 1989.
1955 - Actor and guitar player Jeff Daniels is born in Georgia. In 1989, Daniels plays guitar on fellow actor Don Jonson's album, "Let It Roll."