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Today in the World Countries

  • Independence Day is being celebrated in Ukraine
  • National Flag Day is being celebrated in Liberia

Today in Astrology

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

Today in History

Happening Today

  • Kike Del Cid, TikTok Star, born in Guatemala.

On this day in 2022

  • British-Belgian teen Mack Rutherford (17) becomes youngest person to fly solo around the world, landing at Sofia, Bulgaria, after a five-month journey across 52 countries..
  • US President Biden announces plan to cancel student loan debts by $10,000 (for those earning less than $125,000) and $20,000 for those who had received Pell grants.
  • Ken Jones, Welsh rugby union centre (14 caps Wales,6 British Lions; Cardiff RFC, London Welsh RFC, Barbarian FC), who died at 81.

On this day in 2021

  • UN says Madagascar on brink of world's first "climate change famine" with people suffering "catastrophic" levels of hunger, after four years without rain.
  • 16th Paralympic Games opens in Tokyo, Japan.
  • British musician Fritz McIntyre died age 62. He was the keyboard player in the original line-up of Simply Red, a founder member of the band, and played from their debut album Picture Book in 1985 until their 1995 album Life. He was the last of the founder members to quit the band. Simply Red had five number one albums in the UK, with their 1991 album, Stars, being one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history..
  • English musician Charlie Watts died at a London hospital at the age of 80. Originally trained as a graphic artist, Watts developed an interest in jazz at a young age and joined the band Blues Incorporated. He also started playing drums in London's rhythm and blues clubs, where he met future band mates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones. In January 1963, he left Blues Incorporated and joined the Rolling Stones as drummer and remained with the group for 58 years..
  • Beyoncé becomes first black woman and third person to wear the Tiffany Diamond in an advertising campaign for the company alongside her husband Jay-Z.
  • Kathy Hochul becomes the first female Governor of New York, replacing Andrew Cuomo after his resignation.
  • Hissène Habré, Chadian politician and convicted war criminal, Dictator of Chad (1982-90), who died in prison at 79.
  • Jerry Harkness, American College Basketball HOF point guard (Loyola [Illinois]; New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers), who died at 81.
  • Charlie Watts, British rock and jazz drummer (Rolling Stones), who died at 80.
  • Charlie Watts, Drummer.
  • Serge Onik, Dancer.
  • Wilfried van Moer, Belgian soccer midfielder (57 caps; Belgian Golden Shoe x 3; Beveren, Antwerp, Standard Liège), who died from a stroke at 76.

On this day in 2020

  • First documented case of a person being re-infected with COVID-19 pandemic a second time, a Hong Kong man four months after first infection.
  • Tony Colton [Chalk], British singer-songwriter, and record producer (Head, Hands, and Feet), who died of kidney failure at 68.
  • Paul Wolfisberg, Swiss soccer forward (FC Luzern) and coach (Switzerland 1981-85), who died at 87.

On this day in 2019

  • US adventurer Victor Vescovo is the first person to visit the deepest point of every ocean when he reaches Molloy Hole, in the Arctic.
  • Billie Eilish ended the record-breaking 19-week run of 'Old Town Road' by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus when 'Bad Guy' claimed the top spot on the US Hot 100 chart. The song which peaked at No.2 on the UK chart was also a No.1 hit in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Russia..
  • Brazilian President Jair Bonsonaro orders the army to help contain fires in the Amazon after widespread environmental destruction, wildlife loss and international criticism.
  • Britain's Prince Andrew denies knowing his friend Jeffrey Epstein was involved in sexual trafficking of underage girls after public accusations made against him.
  • Arun Jaitley, Politician.

On this day in 2018

  • Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist letter to President Trump demanding he stop using the band's songs at rallies.
  • Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler sends cease-and-desist letter to US President Trump demanding he stop using the band's songs at rallies.
  • French Open Tennis bans Serena Williams'black Nike catsuit from future tournaments citing 'respect for the game and the place'.
  • Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minister of Australia after defeating Peter Dutton in a leadership spill, replacing Malcolm Turnbull.
  • Robin Leach, English TV host (Life Styles of Rich & Famous), who died at 76.
  • Tom Frost, American rock climber (founder gear & apparel company Patagonia), who died of prostate cancer at 82.

On this day in 2017

  • Largest-ever lottery jackpot win in the US - $758.7m won by Mavis Wanczyk of Massachusetts in US Powerball Jackpot.
  • Charlie Robertson, American politician (mayor of York, Pennsylvania 1994-2002), who died of cancer at 83.
  • Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), who died of cancer at 69.
  • Agnes Fenton, Supercentenarian.

On this day in 2016

  • Astronomers announce discovery of earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri.
  • 6.2-magnitude earthquake strikes central Italy, north east of Rome, killing 268, injuring 400.
  • Michel Butor, French novelist and essayist (La Modification), who died at 89.
  • Walter Scheel, German politician, West German Foreign Minister and President, who died at 97.
  • Roger Y. Tsien, American chemist (Nobel Prize 2008), who died at 64.

On this day in 2015

  • Physicist Stephen Hawking presents a new theory on black holes at a lecture at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
  • China stock market's "Black Monday", Shanghai Composite loses 8.5%, sending other international markets lower.
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announces that for the 1st time 1 billion people logged into Facebook.
  • Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), who died as a result of on track accident at 37.
  • Justin Wilson, Race Car Driver.

On this day in 2014

  • Nurse William Pooley flies back to the UK for emergency treatment after contracting Ebola virus after attempting to treat patients in Sierra Leone.
  • Canadian Open Women's Golf, London Hunt CC: Ryu So-yeon wins by 2 from fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi.
  • Death Row Records founder Marion 'Suge' Knight was injured in a shooting at a party that Chris Brown was hosting in Los Angeles. Another man and a woman, were also shot at the 1 Oak nightclub, West Hollywood. All three victims were treated at local hospitals..
  • Richard Attenborough, Director.
  • Richard Attenborough, English actor and director (Gandhi, Young Winston), who died at 90.

On this day in 2013

  • 30 people are killed in a gang battle involving flame throwers in Palmasola prison, Bolivia.
  • 4 people are killed in a helicopter crash in the Shetland Islands.
  • Des West, Race Car Driver.
  • Jimmy Blumer, Race Car Driver.
  • Julie Harris, American actress (Bell Jar, I Am a Camera, East of Eden), heart failure at 87.
  • Julie Harris, American actress (The Bell Jar: I Am A Camera; East of Eden), who died of, heart failure at 87.




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