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Today in the World Countries
- Independence Day Holiday is being celebrated in Kazakhstan
- National Heroes and Heroines Day is being celebrated in Anguilla
Today in Astrology
- People born on this day are Sagittarius as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2022
- 190 countries agree to protect 30% of world's land and oceans by 2030 and other measures to halt declining global biodiversity at UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal.
- Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte formally apologies for the slave trade on behalf of the Dutch state in a speech at the national archives in The Hague.
- Ali Ahmed Aslam, Pakistani-Scottish restaurateur (credited with creation of Chicken Tikki Masala), who died at 77.
On this day in 2021
- Former student activist Gabriel Boric wins Chile's Presidential election, to become the country's youngest president at 35.
- Johnny Isakson, Politician.
- Drakeo, Rapper.
- Carlos Marín, Spanish pop-opera baritone (Il Divo), who died of COVID-19 pandemic at 53.
On this day in 2020
- Maria Piatkowskacka, Polish athlete (WR 4 x 100m relay 1964), who died at 89.
- Pelle Alsing, Swedish drummer (Roxette - "Listen to Your Heart"), who died at 60.
On this day in 2019
- Australian state of New South Wales announces 7-day state of emergency amid extreme heat and over 100 bushfires that have burnt for two months.
- Earliest fossilized trees,386 million years old, found at a quarry in Cairo, New York, study published in "Current Biology".
- Souline Mcbroom, Family Member, born in United States.
- Saoul Mamby, American boxer (WBC super lightweight title 1980-82), who died at 72.
- Shahdon Winchester, Trinidadian soccer winger (27 caps; Murciélagos), who died in a traffic collision at 27.
On this day in 2018
- US President Donald Trump announces victory over the Islamic State and planned withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
- First use of a drone to deliver vaccines - to island of Erromango, Vanuatu, by Unicef.
- Drones flying over Gatwick airport, England, causes delays and cancellations for 800 flights and 110,000 people.
- Houston Rockets set NBA single-game record with 26 three-pointers in 136-118 victory over Washington Wizards; 8 players hit from deep as Rockets shoot 26-of-55 (47.3%); James Harden leads charge, shooting 6-of-11 on 3s.
- Mike Hiss, Race Car Driver.
On this day in 2017
- Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, who died from heart complications at 82.
- Clifford Irving, American novelist and investigative reporter (hoax autobiography of Howard Hughes), who died of pancreatic cancer at 87.
- Dick Bailey, Race Car Driver.
On this day in 2016
- At least 48 people die after drinking bath lotion in Irkutsk, Siberia, thinking it contained alcohol.
- Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead at an art gallery in Ankara by Turkish gunman.
- Truck driven into a Christmas market in Berlin kills 12, injures 48.
- US electoral collage votes 304 to 227 to nominate Donald Trump for President over the objections of seven faithless electors.
- The Official Chart Company announced it was changing the way it calculated the Top 40 to reflect the rise in streaming. Currently,100 streams counted as one "sale" of a song. From January 2017, the ratio will become 150:1. It was hoped that the change would break the bottleneck at the top of the charts, as hits on streaming services linger for weeks on end..
On this day in 2015
- Third Democratic presidential candidates debate, broadcast by ABC, held in Goffstown, New Hampshire.
- Thirty-three years after it was released, Michael Jackson's classic album Thriller became the first to sell more than 30 million copies in the US. The Recording Industry Association of America reported latest sales figures showing the Eagles Greatest Hits 1971-75 had now sold 29m and Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II,23m copies..
- Donald Tucker, Race Car Driver.
- Douglas Dick, American actor and psychologist (Rope, Waterfront), who died at 95.
- Kurt Masur, German conductor (New York Philharmonic), who died at 88.
On this day in 2014
- The Guardian newspaper calls 2014 'The year the people stood up'.
On this day in 2013
- 81 people are injured after part of the ceiling caved in at London's Apollo Theatre.