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Today in the World Countries
- Culturama is being celebrated in Saint Kitts And Nevis
- Festival Tuesday is being celebrated in British Virgin Islands
- Nane Nane is being celebrated in Tanzania
- Universal & International Infinity Day is being celebrated in International
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Leo as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2022
- Beyoncé’s single "Break My Soul" is her first solo #1 on Billboard's Top 100 in 14 years, the same week her "Renaissance" album reaches No. 1 on Billboard's 200 chart.
- British-born Australian singer, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John died from cancer at her home in the Santa Ynez Valley of California, at the age of 73. In 1978, Newton-John starred in the musical film Grease, which became the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time and whose soundtrack remains one of the world's best-selling albums of all time. She scored the 1978 UK & US No.1 single with John Travolta, 'You're The One That I Want', and the 1981 US No.1 & UK solo No.7 single 'Physical'. She was a four-time Grammy Award winner whose music career included five No.1 hits. Newton-John, who battled breast cancer three times, was an advocate for breast cancer research..
- FBI conduct a search of former US President Donald Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Largo, over his handling of classified government documents.
- Lamont Dozier, American songwriter and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave" ; "Where Did Our Love Go" ; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), who died at 81 .
- Olivia Newton-John, Pop Singer.
On this day in 2021
- " Wright Brothers'moment" in nuclear fusion research when 1.3 megajoules of energy produced at National Ignition Facility by the Livermore Lab.
- More than 51 people killed in northern Mali after attacks on three villages by Islamist jihadists.
- Taliban forces capture three regional Afghan cities including key northern city of Kunduz.
- The Dixie Fire becomes California's second-largest wildfire ever at 463,000 acres (724 square miles).
- USA women's basketball team wins it's record extending 7th consecutive Olympic gold medal with 90-75 win over Japan in Tokyo; guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each win their 5th straight gold.
- XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially close at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan.
- Ken Clark, Canadian football punter (CFL All Star 1977,80,82,85; Hamilton Tiger-Cats; Saskatchewan Roughriders; Ottawa Rough Riders; NFL: LA Rams), who died at 73.
- Jaan Kaplinski, Poet.
- John Meadows, Fitness Instructor.
- Cesare Salvadori, Italian fencer (Olympic gold sabre team 1972; silver 1964,68), who died at 79.
- Bill Davis, Politician.
- Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993,99), who died of pancreatic cancer at 91.
On this day in 2020
- Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric bike.
- Music mogul Simon Cowell breaks his back riding an electric exercise bike.
- Gabriel Ochoa Uribe, Colombian soccer manager (record 14 x league titles; Millonarios , Santa Fe, América de Cali ; Columbia), who died at 90.
On this day in 2019
- Nuclear accident at Russian nuclear-weapon testing site at closed city Sarov kills five scientists in mysterious circumstances.
- Thousands of Beatles fans made a pilgrimage to London's Abbey Road 50 years after the group walked over its zebra crossing for the cover of the last album the band recorded. Transport for London said two bus routes were briefly diverted as queues to cross the road blocked access..
- Manfred Max Neef, Politician.
- TV SERIES
- This Way Up: Season 1 is released.
Aine (Aisling Bea) is an English as a foreign language teacher who is trying to move on after her breakdown, as her sister Shona (Sharon Horgan) continues to be concerned about her in this comedy created by Bea. [Premiered originally in the UK on 8 Aug 2019 on Channel 4]
On this day in 2018
- Malaysia charges former prime minister Najib Razak with three counts of money laundering.
- EPL club Chelsea sign Kepa Arrizabalaga from Spain's Athletic Bilbao for £72 million; world-record fee for a goalkeeper.
- Academy of Motion Pictures reveals new "Popular Film" category for the Oscars.
- Australia's most populous state New South Wales declared 100% in drought.
- US State Department imposes new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in Britain.
- Dog Days - PG is released.
Dog Days is an ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals around sunny Los Angeles. When these human and canine's paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.
On this day in 2017
- American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor Glen Campbell died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 81. He became a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility in 2014. Campbell released more than 70 studio albums and sold 45 million records worldwide. His hits include: 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix', 'Wichita Lineman', 'Galveston' and 'Rhinestone Cowboy'. His guitar playing can be heard on ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'‘ by The Righteous Brothers and ‘I'm a Believer’ by The Monkees..
- Kenyan general election: President Uhuru Kenyatta and Jubilee Party of Kenya re-elected, opposition leader Raila Odinga refuses verdict.
- The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix.
- South African President Jacob Zuma survives a no-confidence vote in parliament 198-177.
- Harlow Barker, Instagram Star, born in England.
- Glen Campbell, American actor and singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), who died at 81.
- Glen Campbell, American Grammy Award winning country-pop singer (" By The Time I Get to Phoenix" ; "Wichita Lineman" ; "Rhinestone Cowboy"), session guitarist (The Beach Boys; Elvis Presley; The Monkees; Phil Specter), television personality (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and actor (True Grit), who died at 81.
- Glen Campbell, American Grammy Award-winning country-pop singer (" By The Time I Get to Phoenix" ; "Wichita Lineman" ; "Rhinestone Cowboy"), session guitarist (The Beach Boys; Elvis Presley; The Monkees; Phil Specter), television personality (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour), and actor (True Grit), who died at 81.
- Glen Campbell, Country Singer.
- Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), who died at 89.
- Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (The Music Man), who died at 89.
- Marian Varga, Composer.
On this day in 2016
- K-pop girl group Blackpink debuts with the song Whistle.
- The judge overseeing Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven' trial ruled against the band and their publishing company's attempts to recoup nearly $800,000 in legal fees. While a federal jury determined that Led Zeppelin were not guilty of plagiarizing Spirit's 'Taurus' in a copyright infringement trial, judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that, since the lawsuit itself was not frivolous and meritless, the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy (California) Wolfe and their attorney Francis Malofiy were not obligated to repay the defendants' legal fees..
- Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
- Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
- Doris Bohrer [Sharrar], American WWII spy, who died at 93.
- Edward Daly, Irish Bishop "Bloody Sunday" priest, who died at 82.
On this day in 2015
- Australia clinches first Rugby Championship with 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney; All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw equals Irishman Brian O'Driscoll's record for most capped international player (141).
- Argentine winger Juan Imhoff scores 3 tries as Pumas beat South Africa,37-25 in Rugby Championship match at Durban; Argentina's first ever win against Springboks.
- Sean Price, Rapper.
On this day in 2014
- The West African Ebola outbreak is categorized as an international concern by the WHO.
- Hamas rejects continuation of cease fire if Israel does not lift blockade.
- Charles Keating, English actor, who died from lung cancer at 72.
- Rod Eulenfeld, Race Car Driver.
- Peter Sculthorpe, Australian composer (Kakadu), who died at 85.
- Step Up: All In - PG-13 is released.
In the latest chapter of the Step Up series, all-stars from previous installments come together in Las Vegas to battle for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - PG-13 is released.
The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan. [Paramount Pictures]
- The Maid's Room - Not Rated is released.
The Maid's Room is a psychological thriller that explores the complex relationships between truth and justice, hubris and power, wealth and fear.
- The Hundred-Foot Journey - PG is released.
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
- Deepsea Challenge 3D - PG is released.
As a boy, filmmaker James Cameron dreamed of a journey to the deepest part of the ocean. This film is the dramatic fulfillment of that dream. It chronicles Cameron’s solo dive to the depths of the Mariana Trench—nearly seven miles beneath the ocean’s surface—piloting a submersible he designed himself.
- After - R is released.
In the winter of 2002 in chilly upstate New York, a middle class family struggles with the financial consequences of a failing family business and a series of intergenerational conflicts and rivalries. But, what truly threatens to upset their delicate balance and shatter the emotionally fragile family matriarch (Kathleen Quinlan) is an intricately buried secret that, if revealed, could alter their lives irrevocably. [Paladin]
- About Alex - R is released.
After one of them suffers an emotional breakdown, a group of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained.
- Into the Storm - PG-13 is released.
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.
- Fifi Howls from Happiness - Not Rated is released.
Mitra Farahani’s lyrical documentary explores the enigma of provocative artist Bahman Mohassess, the so-called “Persian Picasso, ” whose acclaimed paintings and sculptures dominated pre-revolutionary Iran.
- What If - PG-13 is released.
Medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?
- TV SERIES
- The Knick: Season 1 is released.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the drama set in 1900 in New York City follows the lives and works of the staff of Knickerbocker Hospital including new lead surgeon, Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen); Dr. Everett Gallinger (Eric Johnson); Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. (Michael Angarano); Dr. Algernon Edwards (Andre Holland); and Cornelia Robertson (Juliet Rylance), the daughter of hospital benefactor, Captain August Robertson.
On this day in 2013
- Retired Washington Post journalist and editor Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama .
- 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas.
- 14 people are killed by a bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan.
- 28 people are killed by a suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan.
- Hindi film "Chennai Express" premieres directed by Rohit Shetty, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Fastest Bollywood film to earn $1 billion..
- Ben Bradlee is named as a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama .
- Karen Black, American actress (5 Easy Pieces, Pyx), who died from ampullary cancer at 74.
- Regina Resnik, American operatic singer, who died at 90.