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Today in the World Countries
- Assumption Day Holiday is being celebrated in Vatican City
- Restoration Day is being celebrated in Dominican Republic
- San Martin Day is being celebrated in Argentina
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2022
- Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese reveals former PM Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to five ministerial portfolios between March 2020 and May 2021.
- Aydin Yelken, Turkish soccer forward (9 caps; Karagümrük, Fenerbahçe, Altay, Izmirspor), who died at 83.
- Viktor Zozulin, Movie Actor.
On this day in 2021
- US President Joe Biden says "I stands squarely behind my decision" to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan, despite sudden collapse of the country to the Taliban.
- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his cabinet resign after losing their majority amid political turmoil.
- First Marvel film with an Asian superhero "Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings" starring Simu Liu premieres in Los Angeles.
- First official water shortage declared at Lake Mead, major reservoir on Colorado river supplying 40 million people, with cuts mandated mainly for Arizona.
- Poppy Wren Xavier, Family Member, born in United States.
- Sean Lock, Comedian.
On this day in 2020
- World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Ronnie O'Sullivan wins his 6th world title with an 18-8 win over countryman Kyren Wilson.
- Largest-ever demonstration in Belarus as 100,000 people gather in Minsk to protest against controversial election results and regime of Alexander Lukashenko.
- Japan's economy, the world's third largest, posts its worst-ever decline, falling 7.8% (April-June quarter).
- At least 17 people killed in attack on beach resort in Mogadishu, Somalia, by al-Shabab group.
- Biggest protests in Thailand in six years as 10,000 people demonstrate in Bangkok for reforms of the government and the monarchy.
- Chetan Chauhan, Indian cricket batsman (40 Tests @ 31.57), who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 73.
- Emman Nimedez, Director.
- Georg Volkert, German soccer striker (12 caps, FRG; 1. FC Nürnberg, Hamburger SV, VfB Stuttgart), who died from heart attack complications at 74.
- Tommy Carroll, Irish soccer defender (17 caps, Republic of Ireland; Ipswich Town), who died at 77.
On this day in 2019
- Huge fire in Chalantika slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, destroys 1,200 houses and leaves up to 10,000 homeless.
- A bandstand where David Bowie played soon after the release of his first hit single 'Space Oddity' was given a Grade II listing. The singer performed from the stand to a small audience in Croydon Road Recreation Ground on 16 August 1969. The bandstand was the centrepiece of a one-day festival, which Bowie helped to organise and later inspired him to write the seven-minute song, ‘Memory Of A Free Festival’..
- Anna Quayle, British actress (A Hard Day's Night, Stop the World - I want to Get Off), who died at 86.
- Felice Gimondi, Italian road cyclist (Tour de France 1965; Giro d'Italia 1967,69,76; Vuelta a España 1968), who died of heart attack at 76.
- Jim Hardy, American NFL quarterback (LA Rams; Pro Bowl 1950), who died at 96.
- Richard Williams, Cartoonist.
- Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold), who died at 79.
- Jose Napoles, Boxer.
On this day in 2018
- Pope Francis and the Vatican issues statement in support of the 300 victims of "predator priests" in Pennsylvania.
- Scarlett Johansson is the world's best-paid actress of the year earning $40.5 million according to Forbes.
- Unprecedented flooding and landslides in Kerala, India, reported to have killed 106 people with 150,000 homeless.
- World's first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven harbour, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots.
- International Tennis Federation votes to change format of the Davis Cup to a big prize money, season-ending,18-team tournament at a neutral site; 24 team qualifying tournament to start in February 2019.
- American singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin died in Detroit at the age of 76. Known as ‘The Queen of Soul’ and one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. During her career she scored over 15 Top 40 hits and won 18 Grammy Awards. Hits include the 1967 US No.1 & UK No.10 single 'Respect', the 1968 UK No.4 single 'I Say A Little Prayer' and the 1987 UK No.1 single with George Michael, 'I Knew You Were Waiting'. In 2010 Rolling Stone magazine ranked her number one on their list of the ‘100 Greatest Singers of All Time’..
- Brandt Snedeker shoots 10th sub-60 round in PGA history with an 11-under par 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
- British Columbia, Canada, declares State of Emergency with 566 wildfires burning, prompting evacuation of 3,000 people.
- Bay Bieber, Family Member, born in Canada.
- Sutton Nguyen, YouTube Star, born in Orlando, FL.
- Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (1988 Olympic Champion), who died of pneumonia at 49.
- Yelena Shushunova, Russian gymnast (Olympic gold USSR Team, All-around 1988; World C'ship gold x 5), who died of pneumonia at 49.
- Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), who died of pancreatic cancer at 76.
- Aretha Franklin, Soul Singer.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian politician,10th Prime Minister of India (1996,1998-2004), who died at 93.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Indian politician,10th Prime Minister of India (1996,1998-2004), who died of a kidney infection at 93.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Politician.
On this day in 2017
- Baltimore city council removes confederate statues under cover of darkness in response to Charlottesville violence.
- Emma Stone is the year's highest-paid actress with $26 million, according to Forbes.
- Last batch of Farc rebel weapons removed by the UN in Colombia.
- Lebanon parliament abolishes article 522, which exempted rapists from prosecution if they married their victim.
- Three suicide bombers kill 27 people outside a refugee camp near Maiduguri in Borno state, Nigeria, Boko Haram suspected.
- Philippine police kill 32 in raids near Manilia, most deadly night in President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
- Over 100 Maasai houses destroyed in Tanzania by game park authorities as part of a border dispute near Serengeti National Park.
- Egoryan Pavlov, TikTok Star, born in Kazakhstan.
On this day in 2016
- Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze sets a world record of 473 total kilograms to win the men's +105kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
- Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic retains her Olympic title with a distance of 69.21m at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
- New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington retains her K-1 200m Olympic title with a time of 39.864 at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
- Russian pair Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina retain their Olympic synchronised swimming duet title at the Rio de Janeiro Games with final score 194.9910.
- " When the Levees Broke" documentary directed by Spike Lee, of effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans, premieres at New Orleans Arena.
- Wildfire breaks out in San Bernardino County, California, engulfing 15,000 acres, prompting evacuation of 82,000 people.
- João Havelange, Brazilian industrialist and FIFA President 1974-98, who died at 100.
- John McLaughlin, American TV commentator (McLaughlin Group) and Nixon aide, who died at 89.
On this day in 2015
- 'Batman'samaritan Lenny B. Robinson is killed in a car accident in Maryland.
- One Direction were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Drag Me Down'. It was the band's first single since Zayn Malik's departure earlier in this year The track won the fan-voted 'Best Video Award' at the 2016 Brit Awards..
- PGA Championship Men's Golf, Whistling Straits GC: Australian Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par; beats Jordan Spieth by 3 shots.
- Jacob Bekenstein, American-Israeli theoretical physicist (Bekenstein-Hawking radiation), who died of a heart attack at 68.
On this day in 2013
- 61 people are killed after the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas sinks in the Philippines.