Today in country music history:

2010 - Trace Adkins signed a record deal with Toby Keith's Show Dog-Universal Music Group.

2006 - Big & Rich's album Comin' To Your City was certified both gold and platinum.

2005 - Van Zant was announced as the newest act signed to Columbia Records.

2002 - Lucinda Williams and Elvis Costello performed on the first episode of CMT Crossroads.

1997 - Brooks & Dunn's album Borderline was certified double platinum.

1996 - Martina McBride made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry since becoming a member in November. Future Opry member Terri Clark also made her first appearance on the show that night.

1996 - Faith Hill went to number one with "It Matters to Me."

1990 - Keith Whitley went to number one with the posthumous hit "It Ain't Nothin'."

1986 - A judge threw out the final appeal of Jan and Neil Goldberg, who had claimed that Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" was stolen from their composition "Money World." The Goldbergs were also ordered to pay Parton's legal fees.

1981 - Songs from country-themed music picked up several Grammy nominations, including four nods for the Urban Cowboy soundtrack and two for Honeysuckle Rose. Sissy Spacek was also nominated for her performance of "Coal Miner's Daughter."

1968 - Johnny Cash recorded the live album Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.

 

Birthday:

Trace Adkins - singer, Grand Ole Opry member, "You're Gonna Miss This," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"

 

Image: Show Dog-Universal

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