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Today in the World Countries
- Rizal Day is being celebrated in Philippines
- Tamu Losar is being celebrated in Nepal
- People born on this day are Capricorn as their zodiac sign.
Today in History
On this day in 2023
On this day in 2022
- " Queen" guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May (75) receives a British knighthood for his service to music and charity.
- Barbara Walters, Journalist.
- Brian Glencross, Australian field hockey defender (93 caps; Olympic bronze 1964, silver 1968) and coach (Australia women Olympic gold 1988; Champions Trophy 1989,91), who died of neurological disease at 81.
- MOVIES: PG
- Turn Every Page: The Adventures of Robert Caro and Robert Gottlieb is released. Turn Every Page explores the remarkable fifty-year relationship between two literary legends, writer Robert Caro and his longtime editor Robert Gottlieb. Now 86, Caro is working to complete the final volume of his masterwork, The Years of Lyndon Johnson; Gottlieb,91, waits to edit it. The task of finishing their life’s work looms before them. With humor and insight, this unique double portrait reveals the work habits, peculiarities and professional joys of these two ferocious intellects at the culmination of a journey that has consumed both their lives and impacted generations of politicians, activists, writers, and readers.
- MOVIES: PG13
- A Man Called Otto is released. Otto Anderson (Tom Hanks) is a grumpy widower who is very set in his ways. When a lively young family moves in next door, he meets his match in quick-witted and very pregnant Marisol (Mariana Treviño), leading to an unlikely friendship that will turn his world upside-down. Experience a funny, heartwarming story about how some families come from the most unexpected places.
- MOVIES: R
- Alice, Darling is released. Alice (Anna Kendrick) has been pushed to the breaking point by her psychologically abusive boyfriend, Simon. While on vacation with two close girlfriends, Alice rediscovers the essence of herself and gains some much-needed perspective. Slowly, she starts to fray the cords of codependency that bind her. But Simon’s vengeance is as inevitable as it is shattering – and, once unleashed, it tests Alice’s strength, her courage, and the bonds of her deep-rooted friendships.
On this day in 2021
- Rare winter wildfire destroys nearly 1000 homes at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado, in suburban neighborhoods between Boulder and Denver.
- Karel Loprais, Czech rally driver (Dakar Rally truck category 1988,94,95,98,99,2001), who died from COVID-19 pandemic at 72.
On this day in 2020
- San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon becomes first female to coach an NBA team after Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is ejected in a 121-107 loss to the LA Lakers.
- American saxophonist Alto Reed died of colon cancer age 72. He is best known as a long-time member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and also worked with many artists including Grand Funk Railroad, Little Feat, Otis Rush, Spencer Davis, The Blues Brothers, The Ventures and George Thorogood..
- Argentina is the first major Latin American country to legalize abortion (signed into law 14 Jan 2021).
- Dawn Wells, American actress (Gilligan's Island -" Mary Ann"), who died of COVID-19 pandemic complications at 82.
- Alto Reed [Thomas Cartmell], American saxophonist (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band), who died of colon cancer at 72.
- Samuel Little, American serial killer (who confessed to 93 murders), who died at 80.
- MOVIES: NOT RATED
- Pieces of a Woman is released. Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) are a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy. Thus begins a yearlong odyssey for Martha, who must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with her husband and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court.
- MOVIES: R
- Herself is released. Single mother Sandra (Clare Dunne) escapes her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodation. After months of struggling, she draws inspiration from one of her daughter’s bedtime stories and hits upon the idea of self-building an affordable home. She finds an architect who provides her with plans and is offered land by Peggy (Harriet Walter), a woman she cleans for. Aido (Conleth Hill), a building contractor, appears willing to help, too. But as her past rears its head in the form of Gary (Ian Lloyd Anderson), her possessive ex, and as bureaucrats fight back against her independent spirit, will Sandra be able to rebuild her life from the ground up? [Amazon Studios]
On this day in 2019
- Gertrude Himmelfarb, Historian.
- Johnny Ward, English rugby league hooker (4 Tests Great Britain,3 England; Castleford 262 games), who died at 78.
On this day in 2018
- Patrick Mahomes becomes only the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during KC Chiefs'35-3 win over Oakland Raiders; achieves both marks with 3rd quarter 89-yard TD pass to Demarcus Robinson.
- Singer Miley Cyrus at the age of 26 marries actor Liam Hemsworth at the age of 28 in Franklin, Tennessee.
- Mrinal Sen, Bengali film director (In Search of Famine), who died at 95.
- Larry Austin, American classical and electronic composer and educator, who died at 88.
On this day in 2017
- 84th Orange Bowl: #6 Wisconsin beats #11 Miami (Florida),34-24.
On this day in 2016
- Last day Indians are able to deposit in banks 500 and 1,000 rupee notes which were scrapped only 50 days earlier in an anti-corruption measure.
- Ray Davies of The Kinks is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
- 83rd Orange Bowl: #10 Florida State beats #6 Michigan,33-32.
- Allan Williams the first manager of The Beatles died at the age of 86. Williams worked with The Beatles from 1960 to 1961, getting the band gigs in Britain, and in Hamburg. Williams personally drove the van to take the Beatles to Hamburg in 1960, which didn't have seats; The Beatles had to sit on their amplifiers in the back of the van..
- A member of rap group Run-DMC filed a $50m (£40.7m) lawsuit accusing retailers of unlawfully using the group's name on items of clothing. Darryl "DMC" McDaniels said that products sold by Amazon, Walmart and other stores violated federal trademark and New York competition laws..
- British singer-songwriter Ray Davies, of The Kinks, is awarded a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.
- GAMING: XBOX ONE
- World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap for Xbox One is released. Deathrap is a unique mixture of action-RPGs and Tower Defense games, a game of vicious tricks, killing machines, rotating blades and splattering blood.
- A ceasefire organised by Russia, Iran and Turkey between Syria's government and opposition groups takes effect.
On this day in 2015
- Donald Barron, Scottish accountant and CEO (Midland Bank), who died at 94.
- Doug Atkins, NFL hall of famer (Browns, Bears, Saints), who died at 85.
- Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic silver 1976), who died at 59.
- MOVIES: R
- Anomalisa is released. Michael Stone, an author of books on the subject of customer service, struggles to connect with people. One night, while on a routine business trip, he meets Lisa, a stranger with a unique voice.
On this day in 2014
- The woman who inspired Pulp's hit song 'Disco 2000' died shortly after being appointed an MBE. Deborah Bone, from Hertfordshire was a childhood friend of lead singer Jarvis Cocker in Sheffield. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. The 1995 Britpop hit contains the lyric: "Your name is Deborah. Deborah. It never suited ya.".
- Yolande Donlan, British-American actress (Jigsaw, Expresso Bongo, Penny Princess), who died at 94.
- Erik Hansen, Danish canoeist (Olympic gold K-1 1000m 1960; World C'ship gold 1963), who died at 74.
- Deborah Bone, English mental health nurse who was the inspiration for the song "Disco 2000" by Jarvis Cocker, who died of multiple myeloma cancer at 51.
- Luise Rainer, German-American actress and 1st actor to win multiple Academy Awards (The Great Ziegfeld 1936, The Good Earth 1937), who died at 104.
- Patrick Gowers, British choral and film score composer (Viri Galilaei; Hamlet; Smiley's People), who died at 78.
On this day in 2013
- 15 people are killed in a trolley-bus bomb attack in Voglograd, Russia.
- Eero Mantyranta, Skier.
- Dirty Gold was released by Angel Haze. The debut full-length studio release for the rapper was released in the final days of 2013 after she leaked the album on SoundCloud to protest the label's delay of her album.