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Today in the World Countries

  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Indonesia

Today in Astrology

  • People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.

Today in History

Happening Today

  • Rabah Harchoaoui, TikTok Star, born in Algeria.

On this day in 2022

  • China issues its highest red alert heat warning for at least 138 cities and counties amid the country's longest heatwave since records began (64 days).
  • Josephine Tewson, British actress (Keeping Up Appearances; Last Of The Summer Wine,2003-10), who died at 91.

On this day in 2021

  • One in five US hospital I.C.U.s at or over 95% capacity due to Delta surge of COVID-19 pandemic, with 1,800 children hospitalized.

On this day in 2020

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the 1st US college to send students home and convert to online classes after 135 COVID-19 pandemic cases detected.
  • Mario De Araujo Cabral, Race Car Driver.
  • Savvas Theodoridis, Greek soccer goalkeeper (12 caps; Olympiacos), who died at 85.
  • Kobe Nunez, YouTube Star.
  • Boyd Grant, American college basketball coach (PCAA Coach of the Year 1978,81,82; Fresno State, Colorado State), who died from a stroke at 87.

On this day in 2019

  • Huge wildfires begin on Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands prompting evacuation of 9,000 people.
  • Landmark power-sharing deal signed by military and civilian leaders celebrated in Khartoum, Sudan, with transitional government to take over Sept 1.
  • Suicide bombing at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan, kills 63, with over 200 injured. The Islamic State claims responsibility.
  • Tool's 'Fear Inoculum' entered the US Hot 100 at No. 93, becoming the longest song ever to hit that chart. Running at 10:22, it outran David Bowie's 'Blackstar, ' which clocks in at 9:57. 'Fear Inoculum' dropped off the chart the following week..
  • Cove Ferris, Instagram Star, born in United States.

On this day in 2017

  • Collision of two neutron stars witnessed for the first time first picked up by US-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo).
  • Anti-immigrant One Nation party leader Pauline Hansen is widely criticized for wearing a burqa into the Australian parliament.
  • Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain as van rams into crowds killing 16, injuring 120.
  • On This Day helps launch Borneo Dictionary, an online not for profit dictionary of indigenous Borneo languages with translations in English and Bahasa Malaysia.
  • Three Hong Kong activists, Jason Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow jailed for unlawful assembly.

On this day in 2016

  • Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto records an Olympic record 8:03.28 to win the men's 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games.
  • Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins 200m gold medal in 21.78; wraps up 100/200m Rio de Janeiro Olympics double.
  • American sweep in 100m women's hurdles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with Brianna Rollins taking gold ahead of Nia Ali & Kristi Castlin; 1st time US has swept medals in an Olympic women's track & field event.
  • Flood waters recede in Louisiana leaving 13 dead and damaging 4,000 homes.
  • German pair Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk & Bárbara Seixas 21–18,21–14 to win the Olympic women's beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Arthur Hiller, Canadian director (Love Story), who died at 92.
  • Arthur Hiller, Director.

On this day in 2015

  • Bomb blast in Bangkok at Erawan Shrine kills at least 19, injures over 100.
  • Discovery of 7,000 year old mass grave in Schöneck-Kilianstädten, Central Germany, published in PNAS Journal. 26 bodies bear evidence of violent conflict.
  • 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF.
  • World's first flower could be underwater plant Montsechia Vidalii claim US botanists (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).
  • Lincoln Hoellein, YouTube Star, born in Logan, UT.
  • Irish "Boyzone" singer Ronan Keating at the age of 38 weds Australian television producer Storm Uechtritz at the age of 33 in East Lothian, Scotland.
  • Boyzone lead singer Ronan Keating at the age of 38 weds model Storm Uechtritz in East Lothian, Scotland.
  • Arsen Dedic, Croatian singer-songwriter and poet, who died at 77.
  • Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), who died at 78.

On this day in 2014

  • LPGA Championship Women's Golf, Monroe GC: Defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea beats runner-up Brittany Lincicome on 1st hole of a sudden-death playoff for her 5th major title.

On this day in 2013

  • 18 people are killed in conflict between Boko Harem and Nigerian military.
  • 14th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt wins 200m.
  • 15 civilians are killed by a Syrian warplane attack in Aleppo.
  • John Hollander, American poet and literary critic, who died at 83.




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