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Today in the World Countries

  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Afghanistan

Today in Astrology

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

Today in History

On this day in 2335

  • William T Riker, character on Star Trek Next Generation, born in Valdez, Alaska.

Happening Today

  • Mariya Omg, YouTube Star, born in Lithuania.
  • Daniel Taipale, Photographer, born in Finland.

On this day in 2022

  • 30-hour siege begins on Hayat Hotel, Mogadishu, by Shabab militants leaving 21 dead and 117 injured.
  • Egon Pajenk, Austrian soccer defender (3 caps; SK Rapid Wien 266 games), who died at 72.
  • Jan Erling Jørgensen, TikTok Star.

On this day in 2021

  • Iran's official COVID-19 pandemic death toll passes 100,000 amid its fifth wave of infections, according to its Health Ministry.
  • Iran's official COVID-19 pandemic deathtoll passes 100,000 amid its fifth wave of infections, according to its Health Ministry.
  • Chuck Close, Photographer.
  • Bill Freehan, American baseball catcher (11 x All Star; World Series 1968; 5 x Gold Glove; Detroit Tigers), who died from dementia at 79.
  • Ramo Stott, Race Car Driver.
  • Sonny Chiba, Movie Actor.

On this day in 2020

  • US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy says he will suspend controversial plan to cut costs until after the election.
  • Apple becomes the 1st US company to be valued at $2 trillion, just 2 years after it reached $1 trillion valuation.
  • Golfing dinner termed #GolfGatet appearing to flout COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, attended by Irish political figures, prompts two politicians to later resign.
  • Largest floods in 70 years wet the toes of giant 71m Leshan Buddha carved by a river just outside Chengdu, China with 100,000 people evacuated.
  • Slade Gorton, American politician (Sen-R-WA,1981-87,1989-2001), who died at 92.
  • Landon Clifford, YouTube Star.

On this day in 2019

  • Sudanese Ex-President Omar al-Bashir admits he has received $90 million from Saudi Arabian royals at the start of his corruption trial in Khartoum.
  • Evelyn Hernández cleared of killing her newborn baby in landmark case in a retrial in El Salvador.
  • Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again" ; John Mayall; Tom Waits), who died of cancer at 77.
  • Al Jackson, American MLB player (New York Mets), who died at 83.

On this day in 2018

  • Two more earthquakes hit Lombok in Indonesia killing 14 two weeks after previous earthquakes.
  • Limerick wins All Ireland Hurling Championship for first time in 45 years with a 3-16 to 2-18 win over defending champions Galway at Croke Park, Dublin.
  • Monsoon rains finally ease in Kerala State, India, with flooding taking 350 lives with 200,000 in relief camps.
  • Rudy Giuliani, US President Donald Trump's lawyer claims in interview with NBC Chuck Todd that "truth isn't truth".
  • Novak Ðokovic beats Roger Federer 6-4,6-4 in the final of the Cincinnati Masters to become the first player to win all 9 Masters 1,000 tennis tournaments since the series started in 1990.
  • Weinstein accuser Asia Argento is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 17-year old in article by "The New York Times".

On this day in 2017

  • Shane Sieg, Race Car Driver.
  • Bea Wain, American pop singer (" Deep Purple" (the song, not the group); "Heart and Soul"), and radio host, who died at 100.
  • Bea Wain, American singer and radio host (Deep Purple, Heart and Soul), who died at 100.
  • Charles R Bentley, American pioneer or polar science, who died from complications of Parkinson’s disease at 87.
  • Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), who died of heart failure at 84.

On this day in 2016

  • Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349).
  • Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón successfully defends her Olympic title when she beats American Alise Post in the final in Rio de Janeiro.
  • American bass guitarist Larry Taylor died age 77. He is best known as a member of Canned Heat from 1967. Before joining Canned Heat he had been a session bassist for The Monkees and Jerry Lee Lewis. He was the younger brother of Mel Taylor, long-time drummer of The Ventures..
  • A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off.
  • Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women's water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title.
  • Great Britain upsets the heavily favoured Netherlands to win the women's field hockey gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after drawing 3-3 in regulation time; win dramatic penalty shootout,2-0.
  • Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in the women's football gold medal match at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 52,432 at the Maracanã Stadium.
  • Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov throws 78.68m to win the men's hammer throw gold medal the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic history.
  • Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya goes one better than her London silver medal when she wins women's 5,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; runs Olympic record time of 14:26.17.
  • Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952,60), involved in shoplift scandal, who died at 87.
  • Jack Riley, American actor (The Bob Newhart Show), who died at 80.
  • Donald Henderson, American epidemiologist, led world campaign that eradicated smallpox, who died at 82.

On this day in 2015

  • US Food and Drug administration approves Female Viagra libido pill Addyi.
  • World-famous British pop-opera tenor Russell Watson at the age of 48 weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain.
  • World famous tenor Russell Watson at the age of 48 weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain.
  • World-famous tenor Russell Watson at the age of 48 weds girlfriend Louise Harris in Spain.
  • Doudou N'Diaye Rose, Drummer.

On this day in 2014

  • American record producer and fraudster Lou Pearlman died aged 62 from cardiac arrest. He was the manager of successful 1990s boy bands such as Backstreet Boys and NSYNC. In 2006, he was accused of running one of the largest and longest-running Ponzi schemes in history, leaving more than $300 million in debts. After being apprehended, he pled guilty to conspiracy, money laundering, and making false statements during a bankruptcy proceeding. In 2008, Pearlman was convicted and sentenced to up to 25 years in prison..
  • The 24 hour ceasefire extension renewal between Israel and Palestine is violated as Hamas fire rockets; Israeli Air Force respond, killing 9 Gazans.
  • NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up.

On this day in 2013

  • 91 people are killed by floods across China.
  • 37 pilgrims are killed in a train accident in India.
  • 24 Egyptian policemen are killed in an attack in Rafah.
  • Kate Bush requested fans did not take any photographs or record footage using mobile devices at her upcoming 22-date run of performances in London, England. The 56-year-old star said on her website: "I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iPhones, iPads or cameras." The musician added it would mean "a great deal to me" but admitted that it was "a lot to ask"..
  • Lee Thompson Young, TV Actor.
  • José Sarria, American political activist, drag queen and 1st openly gay candidate for public office in the US (1961), who died of adrenal cancer at 90.
  • Cedar Walton, American hard bop jazz pianist (Jazztet; Art Blakey), and composer (" Mosaic"), who died at 79.




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