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Today in the World Countries
- Incwala Day is being celebrated in Eswatini
- People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2023
On this day in 2022
- Alan Copeland, American Grammy Award-winning arranger, songwriter, and singer (The Modernaires; Your Hit Parade), who died at 96.
- TV SERIES
- The Control Room: Season 1 is released. Emergency call operator Gabriel (Iain De Caestecker) searches for a woman (Joanna Vanderham) who calls in and seems to know him in this British three-part miniseries. [Premiered originally in the UK on BBC One on 17 Jul 2022 and in the US on BritBox on 28 Dec 2022]
On this day in 2021
- Test cricket debutant Scott Boland takes 6 for 7 as Australia retain the Ashes (3-0) with an innings & 14 run win against England in the 3rd Test in Melbourne.
- Nikolay Shirshov, Uzbekistani soccer defensive midfielder (64 caps; FC Pakhtakor Tashkent, FC Rostov), who died at 47.
- Grichka Bogdanoff, TV Show Host.
- John Madden, Sportscaster.
- Dr. Dre's divorce was settled, with the rapper-producer agreeing to pay his ex-wife, Nicole Plotzker-Young, $100 million - more than one-fifth of the rap icon’s fortune. Young was required to move out of their Malibu beach house by the end of the month but would keep a Rolls Royce, Range Rover, Escalade limousine, and Spyder motorcycle as well as all of her jewellery. They were married from 1996-2020..
On this day in 2020
- Fou Ts'ong, Chinese-British concert pianist, who died of Covis-19 at 86.
- Armando Manzanero, Composer.
- Paul-Heinz Dittrich, German contemporary classical composer and teacher, who died at 90.
On this day in 2019
- Jihadist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab sets off a truck bomb in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing at least 84 people and wounding over 150.
- Fred Graham, American newscaster and journalist (CBS News, Court TV), who died of Parkinson's disease at 88.
- Erzsébet Szonyi, Hungarian composer, who died at 95.
- Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), who died at 85.
- 49th Fiesta Bowl (College Football Playoff semifinal), #3 Clemson beats #2 Ohio State,29-23.
- 52nd Peach Bowl (College Football Playoff semi final): #1 LSU beats #4 Oklahoma,63-28.
- Carley Ann McCord, American sports reporter (Cox Sports TV; in-game host New Orleans Pelicans, New Orleans Saints), who died in a plane crash at 30.
On this day in 2018
- British New Year's honours list include Knights for author Philip Pullman and comedian Michael Palin, a Dame for Twiggy and a Order of the Companions of Honour for Margaret Atwood.
- UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes of Brazil moves up in weight and KOs dominant featherweight Cris "Cyborg" Justino just 51 seconds into the opening round at the Forum, Inglewood, CA; first female to win UFC titles in multiple weight classes.
- Posie Rayne Labrant, YouTube Star, born in California.
- Ray Sawyer, American singer (Dr Hook), who died at 81.
- Georges Loinger, French resistance fighter (WWII), who died at 108.
- June Whitfield, English comedian and actress (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous), who died at 93.
- MOVIES: PG
- Stan & Ollie is released. Laurel & Hardy, one of the world's great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can't quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy's past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver's failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other. [Sony Pictures Classics]
- TV SERIES
- Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is released. This stand-alone, "Choose Your Own Adventure"-style episode of Black Mirror (released ahead of Season 5 proper, which should arrive in 2019) is directed by David Slade and set in 1984, where it follows a young videogame developer (Fionn Whitehead). There are over five hours of footage altogether, but which parts you see will be determined by choices you make.
- Shehu Shagari, Nigerian politician, President of Nigeria (1979-83), who died at 93.
On this day in 2017
- Protests in Mashhad, Iran against price rises and corruption.
- Iranian woman Vida Mohaved arrested for protesting against policy of compulsory hijab, sparking other protests.
- Sue Grafton, American author of detective novels (" A" Is for Alibi), who died at 77.
- Recy Taylor, American sexual assault victim, who died at 97.
- Rose Marie [Mazzetta], American actress, comedienne and singer (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Doris Day Show), who died at 94.
- GAMING: SWITCH
- SteamWorld Heist: Ultimate Edition for Switch is released. Join Captain Piper Faraday, smuggler and occasional pirate, as she recruits a rag-tag team of steam-driven robots and sets out on a daring adventure. With your hearty crew you’ll board, loot and shoot your way through enemy spaceships. Overcome the challenges of the vast frontier by upgrading your robots with unique abilities, weapons – and even stylish hats!
On this day in 2016
- (Mary Frances) "Debbie" Reynolds, American actress and singer (Singin'In The Rain -" Kathy Selden" ; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), who died of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away.
- Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin'in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), who died of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher also passed away.
- MOVIES: R
- Paterson is released. Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey – they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine: he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him; he writes poetry into a notebook; he walks his dog; he stops in a bar and drinks exactly one beer; he goes home to his wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani). By contrast, Laura's world is ever changing. New dreams come to her almost daily. Paterson loves Laura and she loves him. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his gift for poetry.
- Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' was released by Kid Cudi. The sixth full-length release for the hip-hop artist features guest appearances from André Benjamin, Travis Scott, Willow Smith, and Pharrell Williams.
- Gregorio Alvarez, Uruguayan dictator and President of Uruguay (1981-85), who died in prison at 91.
On this day in 2015
- Lemmy, lead vocalist and bassist with Motörhead died at his home in Los Angeles, California, four days after his 70th birthday following a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. Lemmy played in several rock groups in the 1960s, including the Rockin' Vickers and worked as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix and the Nice, before joining the space rock band Hawkwind in 1971, singing lead on their hit 'Silver Machine'..
- Japan and South Korea reach agreement over WWII "comfort women", Japan apologies and pays 1bn yen compensation.
- John Bradbury, the longtime drummer for the British band the Specials, died aged 62. He joined the band in 1979 after the original drummer left and was made a permanent member after playing at the recording session for the single 'Gangsters.'.
- John "Brad" Bradbury, British ska drummer and record producer (The Specials), who died at 62.
- Ian Murdock, German-born American computer programmer (Debian project, Progeny Linux Systems), who died at 42.
- Lemmy. English singer-songwriter, bass player, actor.
- Lemmy [Ian Fraser Kilmister], British heavy metal musician (Motörhead), who died from terminal illness at 70.
- Lemmy Kilmister, Rock Singer.
- Paul "Guru" Josh, British musician (Infinity), commits suicide at 51.
On this day in 2014
- Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 crashes in bad weather in the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board.
- Indie Gardner, YouTube Star, born in Utah.
- Esme Gardner, YouTube Star, born in Utah.
- Evie Gardner, YouTube Star, born in Utah.
- Scarlett Gardner, YouTube Star, born in Utah.
On this day in 2013
- Early signs of Ebola epidemic: 2 year old child in Guinea dies of an unidentified hemorrhagic fever; mother, sister and grandmother soon follow.
- Chris Weidman defeats Anderson Silva to retain the UFC Middleweight Championship.
- Andrew Jacobs Jr, American politician (Rep-D-IN,1965-73,75-97), who died at 81.