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Today in Astrology

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

Today in History

Happening Today

  • Munira Agile, Instagram Star, born in Indonesia.

On this day in 2022

  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN Secretary General António Guterres warn of "another Chernobyl" due to fighting by Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant at a summit in Lviv.
  • Huge megalithic complex of more than 500 standing stones announced discovered at La Torre-La Janera, Huelva, southern Spain.
  • Hadraawi [Mohamed Ibrahim Warsame], Somali poet who helped preserve the Somali language, who died at 79.
  • Sombat Metanee, Movie Actor.

On this day in 2021

  • MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani becomes fastest player in team history to reach 40 home runs in a season, also pitches 8 innings in 3-1 win at Detroit.
  • Robert Smith, American baseball administrator (President International Baseball Federation 1981-93; IOC Olympic Order), who died at 85.
  • Jill Murphy, Novelist.
  • Austin Mitchell, Politician.

On this day in 2020

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency as 27 fires burn across the state amid a continuing heat wave.
  • Joe Biden is formally nominated as the Democratic party's presidential candidate during the second night of their 1st ever virtual convention.
  • Jack Sherman died age 64 of a heart attack at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He is best known as the second guitarist to have joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers, in between Hillel Slovak’s departure and return. He played on their debut album, and co-wrote much of their second album, Freaky Styley. He went on to collaborate with musicians such as Bob Dylan, George Clinton and Feargal Sharkey..
  • Mali's President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta resigns amid a military coup condemned by the UN Security Council.
  • Hal Singer, American jazz and R& B saxophonist (" Corn Bread"), who died at 100.
  • Glenn Bassett, American tennis coach (UCLA 1967-93; 7 x NCAA C'ships), who died at 93.
  • Dale Hawerchuk, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (#1 pick NHL Draft 1981; Calder Trophy 1982; Canada Cup 1987,91; Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres), who died from stomach cancer at 57.
  • Dale Hawerchuk, Hockey Player.
  • Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), who died at 72.

On this day in 2019

  • Iceland holds a funeral for the first glacier lost to climate change at site of Okjökull glacier.
  • 1.7 million take part in pro-democracy protest peacefully in Hong Kong, a quarter of the population.
  • US President Donald Trump confirms he is interested in buying Greenland for the US.
  • Actor The Rock [Dwayne Johnson] marries Lauren Hashian in Hawaii.
  • Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), who died of natural causes at 95.
  • Kathleen Blanco, American politician,1st female Governor of Louisiana (2004-08), who died from cancer at 76.

On this day in 2018

  • Imran Khan becomes the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after gaining the support of independent members after his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won the most votes but not a majority in the general election.
  • Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas confirm their engagement with an engagement party in Mumbai, India.
  • Archaeologists confirm first-ever cheese found from Ancient Egypt 3,200 years old in tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis.
  • Australian mare Winx wins her Australasian record 26th consecutive race, the renamed Winx Stakes at Royal Randwick in Sydney; 19th Group One win for thoroughbreds.
  • Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006), who died at 80.
  • Kofi Annan, Politician.
  • Peter Tapsell, British Conservative Party politician (Member of Parliament,1959-64 and 1966-2015), who died at 88.

On this day in 2017

  • White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon is fired by US President Donald Trump.
  • Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface,72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes.
  • Brian Aldiss, British sci-fi author (Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, Helliconia trilogy), who died at 92.
  • Bruce Forsyth, British entertainer and presenter (The Generation Game), who died at 89.
  • Bruce Forsyth, Game Show Host.
  • Zoe Laskari, Greek actress, who died at 72.
  • Zoe Laskari, Movie Actress.

On this day in 2016

  • Ukranine canoeist Yuriy Cheban sets an Olympic record 39.279 to win the men's C-1 200m gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; retains title he won in London 2012.
  • New Zealand's 2017 America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling teams with Blair Tuke to win the gold medal in the 49er class sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, recording a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee records time of 1:45.01 to retain his Olympic men's triathlon title at the Rio de Janeiro Games; 0:06 in front of second-place finisher, brother Jonathan Brownlee.

On this day in 2015

  • Louis Stokes, American politician (Rep-D-OH,1969-99), who died at 90.
  • Bud Yorkin, American producer and director (All in the Family,1959,1960 Emmy), who died at 89.
  • (Alan) "Bud" Yorkin, American film and television producer and director (Divorce American Style; All in the Family; Sanford And Son), who died at 89.
  • Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, who died at 72.
  • Roger Smalley, British-Australian pianist, conductor, and composer (Gloria Tibi Trinitas), who died at 72.

On this day in 2014

  • Ed Sheeran's album X notched up eight weeks at No.1 on the UK chart, becoming the joint longest chart-topper by a male solo artist. The last man to achieve the feat was James Blunt for his 2005 collection Back to Bedlam..
  • Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), who died at 96.

On this day in 2013

  • Solheim Cup Women's Golf, Colorado GC: Europe retain Cup for the first time in record winning margin 18-12; Sweden's Caroline Hedwall becomes first player to win 5 matches in a single competition.
  • 6 people are killed by a bomb blast on a bus in West Bengal, India.
  • Pro surfer Bethany Hamilton at the age of 23 weds boyfriend Adam Dirks in Kauai, Hawaii.
  • Actress Rosanna Arquette at the age of 54 weds investment banker Todd Morgan at a private ceremony in Malibu, California.
  • Dezso Gyarmati, Hungarian water polo player, who died at 85.




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