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Today in the World Countries
- Independence Day is being celebrated in Zimbabwe
- Laylat al Qadr is being celebrated in Bangladesh
- Laylat al-Qadr is being celebrated in Guinea, Niger
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Aries as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
- Mowgli.J, TikTok Star, born in Seoul, South Korea.
- The Trendy Frenchie, Instagram Star, born in United Arab Emirates.
On this day in 2022
- Russia begins a major new offensive in Donbas, during their invasion of Ukraine.
- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa declares a national state of disaster, after floods and mudslides in Durban area result in over 400 deaths and destroy over 4,000 homes.
- US Federal judge rules as "unlawful" Biden administration’s mandate that masks be worn on public transportation.
- Bella Esmerelda Ronaldo, Family Member, born in Manchester, England.
- Harrison Birtwistle, British contemporary classical composer (The Minotaur; The Mask of Orpheus), who died at 87.
On this day in 2021
- 12-team European Super League is announced to widespread condemnation amongst governments, non-involved clubs, press and fans; amidst the furore all 6 EPL clubs withdraw within 3 days.
- The Simpsons parodied Morrissey with the character Quillougby, a British misanthrope who sings 'Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)' with Lisa. When the singer was qustioned about the sketch he stated: "I'm quite used to it, I've had enough horror thrown at me that would kill off a herd of bison.".
- Iain Watson Gallaway, New Zealand sports broadcaster (Radio Sport; Halberg Award) and author (" Not a Cloud in the Sky"), who died at 98.
- Iain Watson Gallaway QSO MBE, New Zealand sports broadcaster (Radio Sport; Halberg Award) and author (" Not a Cloud in the Sky"), who died at 98.
- Elizabeth Furse, Politician.
On this day in 2020
- French flagship aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle reports over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 pandemic, prompting an investigation.
- Canada's worst modern mass shooting as a gunman kills 18 people, including a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, across Nova Scotia.
- Paul McCartney, Elton John, Taylor Swift, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and several other stars performed from their homes on the One World: Together At Home concert during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event organized by Global Citizen of New York City and curated by singer Lady Gaga was in support of the World Health Organization..
- " Together At Home" virtual benefit concert for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 pandemic Solidarity Response Fund curated by Lady Gaga; 6-hour pre-show streams on-line, followed by 2-hour global telecast; performers include: Andra Day, Common, The Killers, Charlie Puth, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Annie Lennox, and Zucchero.
- Takuo Aoyagi, Japanese engineer who invented the pulse oximeter, who died at 84.
- Bob Lazier, Race Car Driver.
- François Lafortune Jr., Belgian rifle shooter (7 x Olympic Games 1952-1976,50m Rifle, Prone Position), who died from Parkinson's disease at 87.
- François Lafortune Jr., Belgian shooter (competed at 7 Olympic Games 1952-1976,50m Rifle, Prone Position), who died from Parkinson's disease at 87.
On this day in 2019
- Irish Journalist Lyra McKee shot to death covering riots in Derry, Northern Ireland with dissident republican group the New IRA claiming responsibility.
- Lorraine Warren, American paranormal investigator (Amityville haunting), who died in her sleep at 92.
- Lorraine Warren, Novelist.
- Lyra McKee, Northern Irish journalist, shot by the New IRA in a terrorist attack at 29.
- Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), who died at 79.
On this day in 2018
- Protests begin in Managua, Nicaragua, over proposed changes to social security, protesters beaten by suspected pro-government gangs.
- “Black Panther” is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened.
- Bruno Sammartino, Italian American strongman and professional wrestler, who died at 82.
- Bruno Sammartino, Italian American strongman & professional wrestler, who died at 82.
- Bruno Sammartino, Wrestler.
On this day in 2017
- Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince's home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince's Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016..
- British Prime Minister Teresa May announces she will seek a "snap" election.
- Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League with a hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Bayern Munich.
- Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), who died at 86.
On this day in 2016
- Laureus World Sports Awards, Palais am Funkturm, Berlin, Germany: Sportsman: Novak Ðokovic; Sportswoman: Sernea Williams; Team: New Zealand Men's National Rugby Union team.
- 120th Boston Marathon: Ethiopian double; Lemi Berhanu Hayle wins men's section in 2:12:45; Atsede Baysa takes women's event in 2:29:19.
- [Julia Liane] Aleah Stanbridge, South African metal musician (Trees of Eternity), who died of cancer at 39.
- Brian Asawa, Japanese-American countertenor, who died of liver failure at 49.
On this day in 2015
- Green Day was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class, in their first year of eligibility..
- 30th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr.
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, Bill Withers, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the 5 Royales.
- Joseph Lechleider, American electrical engineer (invented DSL/high speed internet technology), who died at 82.
On this day in 2014
- 12 Nepalese climbers are killed by an avalanche on Mt Everest.
- Giorgio Pianta, Race Car Driver.
- Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, who died at 87.
On this day in 2013
- Public Enemy became the fourth hip-hop act inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the others that preceded Public Enemy were Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Run-DMC, and the Beastie Boys). Other 2013 inductees are Rush, Heart, Albert King, Donna Summer, and Randy Newman..
- " Iron Man 3", directed by Shane Black, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, premieres in London.
- 27 people are killed and 65 are injured in a cafe bombing in Baghdad, Iraq.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Heart; Albert King; Randy Newman; Public Enemy; Rush; Donna Summer; Quincy Jones; and Lou Adler.
- Storm Thorgerson, whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon died aged 69. A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Muse. In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years..
- Two earth-like planets are discovered orbiting the star Kepler-62.
- 28th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Heart; Albert King; Randy Newman; Public Enemy; Rush; Donna Summer; Quincy Jones; and Lou Adler.
- Storm Thorgerson, British graphic designer & music video director (Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, The Cranberries), who died of cancer at 69.
- Cordell "Boogie" Mosson, American musician (Parliament-Funkadelic collective), who died of liver failure at 60.